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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Reprint edition (Sept. 1 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446675385
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446675383
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 581 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #99,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Thoughtful Shopper on Dec 23 2003
Format: Paperback
Buy it, Read it, Live it. It doesn't matter whether you've owned dogs in the past, are adopting a puppy for the time, or have had your current dog for years...both you and your dog will benefit by your reading this book. The authors cover everything from the most basic questions and safety issues to things that you should look for in your own behavior that may be confusing your dog(s). I've owned & lived with five dogs in my life and personally taken three through obedience training, but only after reading this book do I feel confident that I finally understand WHY dogs behave and react the way they do. In fact, after reading the first few chapters, I started to notice other dog owners (walking in parks, on the street, in their own homes, etc) who struggle to "control" their dogs without success and who continue to repeat the exact actions Brian & Sarah warn against.
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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 13 2004
Format: Paperback
This is by far one of the most informative dog training books I have ever had the pleasure of owning. Brian Kilcommons has apprenticed under Barbara Woodhouse(a renowned British dog trainer), and worked a lot of his younger years apprenticing for other trainers as well. He has a good understanding of a dog's behaviour and what a dog is thinking. His training methods are humane and his black and white photos are great. He has methods for curing some of the most troublesome problems.
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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Emre Gundogan on Sept. 17 2003
Format: Paperback
If you like the bottomline in dog training, this is it.
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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Hong on June 19 2001
Format: Hardcover
I truly believe that it's a sin to get a dog and not give it any obedience training. Dogs are of a pack nature and someone must always be the leader of the pack. If you aren't designated, they will designate themselves.Dogs need to know who's in charge. They're happier that way when they know their boundaries and what they can and cannot do. They become true friends, yet with you being the friend in charge. This book is very informative. Brian Kilcommons was taught by Barbara Woodhouse. One of the greatest dog trainers of all times. He shows you how to teach you dog obediance in a very firm, yet sensible, humane,(no hitting)way, yet not a"namby's pansy" and ineffective way, that I've seen with some other dog training programs. We brought home a big untrained dog from the SPCA who, while we were away for the day, literally ripped our home to pieces. He wouldn't do one thing we told him and I thought we had made a big mistake with this HUGE dog and would never be able to control him.I wanted to bring him back. My daughter suggested this book. Within ONE WEEK this dog was doing almost everything we told him to and he was happy doing it! He never touches ANYTHING of ours now. He waits politely at the door when he wants to go out. He used to knock me over trying to be the first one to reach the door. He won't cross the threshold of the open door unless you say it's okay. (Comes in handy if the police ever show up at your door), because they will shoot any dog that runs at them. In play or in aggressiveness. He used to run all over the house to avoid a bath, tearing it up in the process. Now, when I say 'It's bathtime he walks down the hall, into the bathroom and climbs into the tub, all by himself! He used to snatch his dog toys out of our hand biting us accidently in the process.Read more ›
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