Good Owners, Great Dogs Paperback – Sep 1 1999
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About the Author
Brian Kilcommons and Sarah Wilson have written several books on pets and live in Bedford, NY.
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We've just adopted a new 18-month-old dog who had no prior obedience training. She had been surrendered to Animal Control three times in her life. After one week of applying the approach and philosophy described in this book, we are already seeing our dog calm down, eat regularly, and obey basic commands. Miraculous!
If you're happy yelling at your pet in frustration, having it jump up on you, and steel from your dining table, then don't buy this book. Your pet doesn't respect you and you're either apathetic or have a high pain threshold. Whatever, it's your choice and your fault (Fido can't make you buy the book!). If you want a happier and more "mature" relationship with your pet, you MUST read this book.
In a more perfect world, every breeder and SPCA adoption process would include a copy of this book. The fact is, 95% of pet owners simply DO NOT KNOW how to raise/train a dog.Read more ›
Brian Kilcommons in not some self-appointed know-it-all, he actually knows what he's doing and his methods have worked for thousands of dogs. I was introduced to the "No free lunch!" policy while reading this book, and every dog should be under it! He also explains about aggression, and where it can come from and how to deal with it.
Though some people may not be fond of his training collar, as it can be tricky to use and is very easy to make mistakes with it, his overall training method is great. I also like how he doesn't abuse the treat reward method, where every good thing a dog does, he gets a treat. It can be hard to wean a dog off treats, and never using them,(or using them sparingly to initially teach the command) is a great method.
Among the other books I purchased over a course of few
months, I found myself going back this particular book
over and over again to seek remedies. There are not just
the lucid explanations on canine behavior, but also
interesting tidbits. For instance, our pup had lost some
pigmentation on his nose after the first few weeks. We
just weren't sure why. This book interestingly points out
that plastic bowls might cause such pigmentation, and
therefore recommends only stainless steel or ceramic bowls
for feeding. Even though our vet did not agree, we switched
to ceramic bowls, and the problem disappeared.
I also read the book of the Monks of New Skete. When there
are differences in methods, I go by what Kilcommons says.
If you'll get only one book on dog training, get this. The
only reason I gave 4 stars is because I felt that the
material for some sections (e.g. health care and diet) might
have been more detailed than they already were. That's where
the Monks' book (How to be your dog's best friend) come in.
Most recent customer reviews
Can't beat the price and the book is high quality. Somewhat old school methods although I am old school therefore find it appropriate.Published 24 days ago by dmuir
Good information, great training tips. Very helpful with my new puppy. Would recommend this book to all new dog owners.Published 6 months ago by Suzanne Wicks
Forget Ceasar, these authors truly know about the human dog relationship.Published 13 months ago by Apsenwd
It was the first book I got on training a dog. I didn't find it informative on the topic I needed to know about, a biting puppy. the rest was good. Read morePublished on Dec 1 2013 by margaret
If you have a new puppy - this is a good book for you. It has amazing tips and information. Both my husband and I are reading the book and sharing our ideas. Read morePublished on Aug. 29 2013 by KAC
Very easy to use and it works.
Got this book when I got my 1st dog and it helped me undertand him a bit better and helped me deal with some issues I had.
Very good dog training tips. I've used what the book teaches with my male Bouvier de Flandres and my Mini Schnauzer and I ended up with very good and pleasant dogs. Read morePublished on Aug. 23 2012 by Dan