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My Dog Pulls - What Do I Do? [Paperback]

Turid Rugaas
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Works wonderfully when applied consistently! July 16 2010
By Ellen
Format:Paperback
Simple clear step by step instructions walk you through the process. Clear explanation of the reasons why dogs pull and how to modify the behaviour to one we desire.

I applied it with my two "weight pull" pitbulls and they walk so politely now, even with distractions. I did have to practice this for 15 min twice daily for several weeks before they were really good, but now it is a pleasure to walk them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Trying not to pull Feb. 14 2012
Format:Paperback
I received the book in great time; great read, not too long and to the point instructions - I highly recommend to anyone who is have problems with their dog pulling on the leash. Also keep in mind this will be work for you to do on a daily basis which is a great oppourtunity to bond with your dog
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 7 2014
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Good simple book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A kind approach to quickly get a non-pulling dog Feb. 12 2014
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The essence of the book is teach your dog in a peaceful kindly way to stop pulling and to start paying attention to where you are headed and come along. One part is to stop when the dog pulls. If pulling just results in you standing still, the dog goes, "Oh, that's pointless," and quits. She also teaches kind sensible respectful ways to teach your dog to notice where you are going and come along willingly, with the aim being without a leash or in high traffic or regulated areas, with a loose leash. The author uses photos and clear interesting stories and descriptions to teach her techniques. A book to keep handy and read again and again. Each re-reading clarifies some nuance or idea that you may have missed on the first reading. The book is brief, but needs no further words. It is so well written that the author draws you along in what she's saying and leaves you eager to read it all again. At the end of the book I had a good grasp of the concept. She gently makes her information so interesting to the reader that you are interested in every word and want to follow along with her, every place she leads. This is what she is teaching us to do for our dogs...to make it fun to explore together and learn a new way of seeing things.
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165 of 166 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great book that you probably don't need to buy. May 25 2006
By Kelly Pickell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Turid Rugaas is well known for her expertise in dog communication and canine language. I highly recommend all of her material. But truth be told, you probably don't need to spend the $10 it'll cost you to get this booklet. The booklet is very small, filled with a lot of great pictures and a few paragraphs of instruction. If you don't need the glossy pictures and explanations then you can get all the same information for free on her website TuridRugaas.com. Just go to her Q&A section and look for all the articles on pulling.

If you do decide to buy this booklet, you'll find that the instructions she give are clear, concise and easy to follow. And most importantly of all, the method works. The best part is that there are no gimmicks, no special equipment to use, and no harsh corrections. There's also not really anything special to her method--which is basically the "stop and switch directions" method of loose leash walking, with lots of praise and some noise motivation added in to speed up the process. Understand that her goal is not to get your dog to heel on your side all the time, but just to walk on a loose leash. As long as the dog isn't pulling, she doesn't care if it's in front of you or behind you or walking in circles next to you.

I will say that she does seem to go a bit overboard (perhaps even exaggerating the negatives) in the sections where she explains why other methods and equipment don't work. Her hatred for halters, chokers, pinch collars, short leashes, no-pull harnesses, and corrections of any kind comes through exceedingly loud and clear. She encourages the reader to use just a simple buckle collar and lots of a positive praise and reinforcement. That works for me.
45 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent method explained very well Jan. 29 2006
By citywulf - Published on Amazon.com
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A problem so common, it well deserves its own booklet!

This effective, pain- and gimmick-free method of teaching loose leash walking is not really a creation of the author - you'll find it in other positive training books under names like "Be a Tree" or "Red Light Green Light." However, Ms. Rugaas explains it very well and adds an element that will really benefit you and the dog.

I do think she needed to emphasize a bit more how absolutely consistent you must be to get this method to work, but that applies to any training. Another thing that I found to be of huge benefit is using a hands-free leash (to prevent the human from physically manipulating the dog into place; dogs, like people, learn best when they are allowed to figure out what works). Applause to the author for supporting the use of a harness, which in my experience dogs much prefer and better understand compared to a neck collar or a head halter.
37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have for dog trainers April 17 2006
By K. Roche - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This slight little volume contains the most effective and clearly explained leash-walking instructions I have ever seen in print. A professional dog trainer can teach dogs how to walk on leash within five minutes of meeting him, but most fail to pass their skills on to their human students. Rugaas's technique requires little in the way of training "chops," no ugly training collars and can be quickly taught to even the clumsiest, most easily frustrated students.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple, effective. July 7 2007
By Citydog - Published on Amazon.com
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The author here lays out a simple, highly effective and *kind* method for teaching your dog to walk poilitely on a leash. No special collars, no beating up on your dog, no gimmicks.

It's behaviorally sound and will have you enjoying loose lead walks with your dog in a short time.
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Be A Tree ala Turid April 16 2006
By Tami M. Hawes - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
What is really cool is that Turid uses scientific data to back up her work here. Many have had issue with the lack of scientific data with her Calming Signals work and I think she includes it here well.

I reviewed the booklet as part of her upcoming visit, April 18-21st (2006) at CSDogBookReview (a YahooGroup) along with her 2nd Edition version of On Talking Terms with Dogs: Calming Signals booklet/DVD. We always love having Turid as a guest because we learn so much from her in the short amount of time she can give us in her busy schedule. It's wonderful that we have had her as a guest each year we've been in exsistence as a group and that she loves coming back!

Neither of my dogs currently have a pulling issue so I wasn't able to really practice Turid's methods. I think adding in the work to have a unique sound before actually going outside to work on loose leash walking will really help a lot of people that are frustrated with the standard 'make like a tree' that is often suggested.

The reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because I think Turid, or possibly her UK editor who helped with the translation from Norwegian, got a little heavy handed in telling the readers that various equipment is bad to use. Yes, as a positive dog trainer I'm not happy seeing a dog in a prong, choke, slip collars but there are less heavy handed ways of stating than what was used.

The bonus is the lovely full color photos and the use of color throughout the booklet. If this is a dog issue you are working on, this booklet should help you!
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