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Owens, founder of Raise with Praise, Inc. and a certified evaluator for the Delta Society's Animal Assisted Therapy Program, has written a good, basic, reasonably priced introduction to dog training based upon rewarding "successive approximations" of correct behavior. Gone are the leash "pop" and harsher corrections of earlier obedience methods. Nonviolent dog training shapes appropriate behavior with rewards such as food and games. Incorrect behavior is punished by ignoring the dog and by verbal cues such as "oh-oh." There are chapters on clicker training, target stick training, and training gear such as collars and leashes; the nine ingredients of canine optimum health (high-quality diet, play, socialization, quiet time, exercise, employment, rest, training, and healthcare); and human-canine communication. How to teach "sit," "stay," "down," "stand," "come," "heel," "take it," and "drop it" are explained step-by-step and illustrated with photographs. For public libraries.AFlorence Scarinci, Nassau Community Coll. Lib., Garden City, NY
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
"After working for years to expose trainers' cruelty to animals in the production of movies, I applaud a book that encourages the compassion and nonviolence that dogs so richly deserve." -- Bob Barker, Host, The Price Is Right
"This is an important book. Paul Owens offers a powerful voice of nonviolence and a truly enlightening approach to raising and training your dog. I wholeheartedly recommend his message of compassion and joy." -- Jack Canfield, Co-author, Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul and Chicken Soup for the Soul
advice can be used for any size of dog but compared to other books I found it very helpful with my large breed pup and dogs. realistic advice!Published 14 months ago by Cody
I love this book- and call it a mandatory for those
who really want a well-behaved dog... stress free.
Buy it today!!
Regardless of what others might say, it IS possible to train your dog well AND be completely compassionate. I absolutely love this book. Read morePublished on Nov. 13 2003
This book manages to do what many training books fail - instill in the reader a PHILOSOPHY of how to treat and train a dog. Read morePublished on July 16 2002 by Mark Pollock
A. Neder from California said that the book recommends ignoring bad behavior. There's more to it than that. Read morePublished on July 6 2002 by Yellow
Mr. Owens knows his stuff. It breaks my heart to know there are still people out there using cruel tactics in the training of their dogs. Read morePublished on May 29 2002
I appreciated the detailed explanation of what it takes to learn something - many repetitions plus variable rewards and why that works; also how to tell when you should move on. Read morePublished on Feb. 2 2002
This book is great! It has everything you need to train your dog in a positive and loving manner. I've read dozens of dog training books and The Dog Whisperer is right up there... Read morePublished on Jan. 26 2002