I am so disappointed that a book written in 2015 by a presumably self-proclaimed 'dog whisperer' recommends outdated methods based on the 'Wolfpack theory'. Yes, as with humans, there will be the occasional dog that wants to dominate - but that dog will rarely be a greyhound. Most dogs, in fact, have no urgent desire to be pack leader and rule the roost - such paranoia has quite simply no part in modern dog training or behaviour management. Greyhounds, of all breeds, are incredibly sensitive animals: many are rescued from the track, & many have been abused or neglected. I assumed this book would cover their needs & be a good refresher for me as I adopt my second recovering racer. In fact, it left me disturbed, angry, and fearful for any greyhound whose owners consider this their bible to the breed. What angers me most is the author's repeated insistence that the greyhound be made to 'sit'! Anyone who knows even the most basic facts about greyhounds knows that they find sitting painful and uncomfortable. It is not a natural position for them to adopt. Yet, the authors recommend owners make their dog sit at every road-crossing - a thin, boney, hairless bottom on a cold wet pavement - in a dog prone to hip problems and arthritis?! Utterly disgraceful & potentially extremely harmful. I cannot express how angry this book has made me and how much it worries me that people will follow the guidance therein. I pity any greyhound whose owner has followed this book. I feel so strongly about this that I'm doing something I'd never normally do - I'm destroying the book. I don't want to donate it and risk someone buying it. Much of the book could be about any breed - for a more succinct, more informative, and more compassionate understanding of greyhounds, especially rescue greyhounds, I highly recommend Carol Baby's Retired Greyhounds.
This book is definitely worth buying. I have read it cover to cover and still often keep referring to it. I bought this book before my IGGY arrived and he is just like the book says. My pup is now eight months old but the toilet training I am really struggling with and has not improved as I had hoped in the five months I have had him. Just like the book says he is very stubborn and in the beginning would only go to toilet in the comfort of his own home. The weather is now getting warmer so I'm hoping this may help. This book is definitely a 'Must have' for any potential IGGY owner.