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Dogs On The Couch [Paperback]

Larry Lachman , Frank Mickadeit
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Jan. 31 2002
Increasingly, dog owners are turning away from traditional training methods and seeking something not only kinder, but more effective. In Dogs on the Couch, noted pet behaviorist Larry Lachman, and journalist Frank Mickadeit reveal a revolutionary alternative to the often cruel methods of the past.

Using extensive "case studies" of the many types of dogs-and owners-and borrowing cleverly from the decade's past experience with human family systems therapy, Lachman provides advice on how to make every stage of pet-owning joyful and rewarding. He helps dog-owners discover how behavior problems like phobias, nuisance barking, aggression, seperation anxiety, and fearfulness can develop-and how they can be solved and prevented. By addressing such issues as choosing the breed that is right for the family, dealing with pet rivalry, and introducing a new child into the family, this useful guide will help readers figure out how to help make their dogs the happiest and best companions they can be.

"Lachman concentrates on the relationship between the dog and every member of the household to discover safe, loving methods for training happy canine companions." (Dog Fancy)

"Larry Lachman's dog-training advice is straightforward, thoughtful, and humane. This is a man who clearly understands both sides of the human/dog relationship. . . . With Larry's guidance, owners can become their dog's best friend." (Karen A. Klemens in The Healthy Dog newsletter)

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Animal behaviorist Lachman introduces a new approach to dog training based on the theory of behavior modification. To correct undesirable behavior in dogs, Lachman applies human family-systems therapy rather than the harsh punishment techniques used by the majority of dog trainers. With a lighthearted writing style, he debunks some widely held myths about the dog-training process. He entertains the reader with case studies from his practice and describes training plans for specific behavior problems. The book includes helpful chapters on matching dog breeds to family characteristics, coping with the loss of a loved pet, and managing the fear of dogs. In keeping with modern technology, the book also offers a list of dog-related web sites. This will be of interest to dog owners and trainers and is recommended for public libraries.ADeborah Emerson, Monroe Community Coll., Rochester, NY
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


Concentrates on the relationship between the dog and every member of the household to discover safe, loving methods for training.. -- Dog Fancy Magazine

Lachman's dog-training advice is straightforward, thoughtful, and humane. [He] clearly understands both sides of the human/dog relationship. -- Healthy Dog Newsletter

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5.0 out of 5 stars Every dog owner should read this book! Feb. 26 2007
As a rescuer, I have had probably every behavior in the world to deal with over the years. Larry addresses almost every single one directly. Not only was I lucky to actually take training classes with him, prior to the publication of this book, I am now making this book recommended reading for those who adopt rescue dogs.

The old harsh and largely unsuccessful means of training of the past is now exposed for what it is--a failure. This book not only makes that obviously clear, it makes the case for gentle training and bonding in the process.

A fabulous book. It will get you on the right course right away and dispel a lot of old wive's tales and innuendo about training and what a dog really can and cannot understand and why.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent May 10 2001
This is a wonderful book which has already helped work wonders in the life of my 12 year old spaniel Barry. Don't look for quick fixes - Barry is still in denial about his drinking problem (he slops his ears in the water bowl and drinks from the toilet) but is working through other issues, some of which stem from puppyhood (here I must take the blame - I used to dress him up in a little Elizabethan doublet, hose and ruff for crying out loud). But thanks to this well-written and compassionate book I think the little guy might just pull through.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Humanistic Emotions Reflected in Family Animals Feb. 26 2001
I have read DOGS ON THE COUCH and am amazed at how dogs copy humanistic traits. Dogs show and give love without condition. Dr. Lachman, a man who has studied, experienced, and found a psychological approach to human concerns through cancer clinics and helping out people who need therapy in getting through tough times, has expertly crossed over, and crossed back, to families who need emotional support from others and in understanding animal behavior,giving love and finding out how wonderful it is to be loved through people and of course,, your family pet. I look foward to more books by Dr. Lachman regarding family animals and how we humans can learn from them and ultimately learn from ourselves
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By A Customer
This book is an excellent treatise on the subject matter. The title clearly summarizes the book. "Dogs on Couch" signifies the treatment of dogs as part of the family by sharing a seat on the couch a well as a parallel to a human psychological session "on the couch". The book shows many techniques for handling routine training of the new puppy as well as the adult dog. Lachman also superbly handles many problem issues. I consider myself fortunate to have had the opportunity to witness certain of these techniques demonstrated by Larry Lachman. I also found the bereavement section quite informative since I amost lost my dog last year to coronary heart disease.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who has a dog, anyone who is contemplating getting a dog as well as anyone who would like to better understand other people's dogs.
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"Larry Lachman's Dogs on the Couch, written with Frank Mickadeit, is another great addition to a pet enthusiast's library, especially for those contemplating adopting their first puppy or dog. From sibling rivalries to phobias to just not minding their owners, the authors cover common canine behavior problems. Lachman, for many years a counselor working with abused children and others in need, turns many of the same techniques he has used with people to training dogs. He stresses the need to involve all family members when you are working to prevent or change a dog behavior problem, and he eschews physical punishment, such as the jerk-and-release technique. Dogs on the Couch offers a comprehensive look at what to do and not to do to create a happy, well-adjusted pet." --"Animals" Magazine, July/August 1999
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5.0 out of 5 stars Your book helped with my two female Springers! July 25 1999
By A Customer
I got a copy of your book, "Dogs on the Couch," and read the part on Sibling Dog Fighting. I used your techniques to help my two fixed female Springer Spaniels to stop fighting. My husband and I did'nt realize we were accidentally rewarding the wrong dog as boss and setting up the fighting. It's been about a month and their fighting has dramatically gone down. Thanks. Your book is great.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dogs on the Couch is a lifesaver for pets!!! July 22 1999
By A Customer
As a professional pet groomer working in a veterinary hospital, I am constantly asked for referrals regarding pet bahavior problems and general concerns of my clients. "Dogs on the Couch" has been a fantastic source not only for my clients, but for myself as well. I now refer to the book on a regular basis to assist me with a "gentle approach" to pet grooming! It is a must read for any current or future pet owner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars FIVE PAW rating from my furry friend and me!! July 15 1999
By A Customer
This book is a "must have" for all dog owners especially those of us who have a difficult time accepting the sometimes abusive, traditional training techniques we've all been subjected to. It's unique approach to training brings out the best in both dog and owner, teaching that controlling and disciplining your dog doesn't have to hurt either of you. What better way can there be to treat your best friend than in the positive, rewarding methods used in Dogs on the Couch!!
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