|Publisher:||Penguin Group USA|
|Publish Date:||Oct 2012|
|Number of Pages:||292|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.85|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||6.1 x 0.8 x 9.0|
|One-Less-Dog Mantra||p. ix|
|How to Understand Your Dog||p. 9|
|Attention, Please||p. 24|
|What's Driving the Relationship?||p. 34|
|Training for Connection||p. 48|
|Puppyhood: Speculation or Investment?||p. 71|
|The Housekeeping of Housetraining||p. 101|
|Chain of Commands||p. 158|
|The Anxious Dog||p. 182|
|Health: Mind, Body and Wag||p. 200|
|Leash Lingo||p. 224|
|Let It Play Out||p. 251|
|Photo Credits||p. 283|
Perry, a dog trainer, and Conza, the founder of woof patrol. com, here explain how different training methods, which take into account an individual dog's drives and personality ("canine-ality") and the owner's lifestyle, can be combined to create a tailor-made program. Drawing from the foundational work of such trainers as Turid Rugaas and Joachim Volhard, they developed their own program to teach owners how to build a mutually happy relationship through positive reinforcement training.
Their comprehensive, jargon-free guide addresses everything from bringing home a new puppy or rescue to training challenges. Canine body language, house training, loose-leash walking, basic commands, desensitization, and counter conditioning are all explained, as are equipment, exercise choices, health, and behavior issues. Particularly noteworthy are the chapter on early socialization experiences and the list of additional resources.
Verdict: An excellent manual for novice dog owners and those looking to improve their dog-training skills. On a par with Beth Stern's Oh My Dog and Victoria Stilwell's It's Me or the Dog.
-Florence Scarinci, Nassau Community Coll. Lib., Garden City, NY
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