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Dogs On The Couch [Mass Market 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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1.0 out of 5 stars Should be much ,much lower than one star. June 17 1999
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The most inacurate hyperbolic book that references the APBT in quite some time. The author presented sensationalistic hogwash that he *KNEW* was that even before printing. He uses statistics from the CDC that have been proven time and time again to be highly flawed. He also quite clearly knows little or nothing of the history and breeding of the APBT and it's adjunct breeds. Though one might trace the bulldog part of the original Bull-n-Terrier crosses to ancient times the APBT DID NOT exist in such an era, instead originating in England,Ireland and Scotland much. much later and becoming much more numerous after 1835. The breeds discussed DO NOT have "locking jaws"in point of fact NO dog does. They merely exhibit the same gripping behavior that many other dogs do. All in all the most senstionalistic piece of trash written about these dogs in many a year. And the authors efforts at damage control are much too little, much too late. The passage in question should be cut from further reprints as this book does much more damage than good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A family pet Bible June 12 1999
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Dogs on the couch is an excellent tool for understanding the nature of canines and felines.I reccommend this book and applaud the idea of psychological techniques which I feel are used in understanding your pets. As far as pit bulls are concerned, I find that these dogs are friendly when like any other dog, they have a loving , and caring human enviornment. On the other hand, I have seen baby pit bulls abused where the owner will put his finger or wooden dowell into the mouth and place the finger or dowell behind the teeth and clamp down on the upper and lower jaw causing pressure to the dog and having the dog whine at first. Repeating this technique will eventually cause ANY dog to respond with an aggressive tone i.e. biting. Thus any time you try to pet this dog ,, he may bite. I feel that this book is required for all dog owners in understanding the ways of dog behavior and an insight to understanding that aggressive dogs like the human trained pit bull are at first friendly and that any dog can be aggressive or be friendly,,it all depends on the trainer.
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Dogs on the Couch describes 5 different positive and humane alternative heeling collars, including the Halti, to use instead of the choke chain. Unless the dog is aggressive, they are used temporarily and are weaned off as the dog learns to heel. No choking or hanging.
The book also makes it clear that THERE IS NO ONE BREED OF DOG THAT IS INHERENTLY AGGRESSIVE, the authors do NOT support breed-specific legislation, and they put the onus of responsibility for dog bites on the OWNER.
Interested readers can look up annual dog bite statistics by consulting such resources as:"Dog Bite Related Fatalities--U.S., 1995," in the Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Reports, V. 46, Issue 21, U.S. Centers for Disease Control, May 30, 1997; "Dog Bites Recognized as Public Health Problem," Journal of the American Medical Association, V. 277, Jan 22-29, 1997, p. 278; and in "Dog Bite-Related Fatalities from 1979-1988," in the Journal of the American Medical Association, V. 262, 1989, p. 1489, by J.J. Sacks, et.al.
Taken in total, the book is balanced, positive and describes behavior therapy solutions to both simple and complicated dog behavior problems.
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If the reviewers in Washington/U.S. had read the entire book instead of selecting limited excerpts from one section of one chapter, and globally accusing the author of a "know it all attitude," they would have learned that children are the most frequent victims of dog bites, which are led by mutts, then shepherds, husky mixes and the like. The pit bull does not lead in bite frequency, but they do, as they have continued to do for many years now, lead in bite fatalities. Why is that? All the reviewers has to do is check the statistics from the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, or with the Humane Society of the United States, or with any national animal control organization. The breeds of dogs in Europe which were crossed to utlimately produce the american pit bull terrier, had lineage to bull baiting Mastiff's in 1600 Rome. The reviewer can check their own web sites or news groups for the historical citations on this. And the deplorable history of bull baiting and pit fighting in 1800's England and then, in the United States, is obvious to anyone looking at the historical record. In fact, the continued practice of illegal pit fighting, and breeding pits who are "game," who, will not give up or let go once locked onto a target, in addition to the animal shelters filled with pits and pit mixes across this country, only further illustrate the societal dilemma now faced with this breed and for the proponents of this breed. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Every dog owner should read this book!
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. Read more
Published on Feb. 25 2007 by Da Kwazy Wabbit
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This is a wonderful book which has already helped work wonders in the life of my 12 year old spaniel Barry. Read more
Published on May 10 2001 by henryraddick@hotmail.com
5.0 out of 5 stars Humanistic Emotions Reflected in Family Animals
I have read DOGS ON THE COUCH and am amazed at how dogs copy humanistic traits. Dogs show and give love without condition. Dr. Read more
Published on Feb. 25 2001 by james brull
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book on Dog Training and the Psychology behind it!
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... Read more
Published on July 27 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars Dogs on the Couch offers a comprehensive look......
"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... Read more
Published on July 25 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Your book helped with my two female Springers!
I got a copy of your book, "Dogs on the Couch," and read the part on Sibling Dog Fighting. Read more
Published on July 25 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Dogs on the Couch is a lifesaver for pets!!!
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. Read more
Published on July 21 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars FIVE PAW rating from my furry friend and me!!
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... Read more
Published on July 15 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars Dogs on the Couch, a "Must Read!"
I liked Dogs on the Couch for many reasons. But, mostly, I appreciated the practical and realistic approach to dealing with common--and not so common--experiences with companion... Read more
Published on July 14 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Best guide to dog behavior I've read!
What a great job the authors have done of making the understanding of our dogs possible -- through psychology. A great concept well executed. Read more
Published on June 23 1999
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