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The Koehler Method of Dog Training [Hardcover]

William R. Koehler
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June 14 1996
Since its first appearance in 1962, this popular dog training book has gone through 38 printings and sold more than 475,000 copies. The instructions and training approaches given here can be equally successful with groups in a training class environment or for individuals training alone. This new edition presents a pertinent update of AKC Novice obedience requirements. 46 illustrations.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Koehler Method Dog Training March 11 2009
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I purchased this book in the 1990's and have used his methods on two dogs. In simple terms, his technics work and he advises the use of choker chains. My response to those who have stated this is abuse to a dog and that better training methods are available. Abuse to me is a total misconception of the methods. The author doesn't tell you to continuely use extreme force. He states that a quick tug lets the dog know what is expected from his trainer. He doesn't say to haul the animal around by the throat. He explains his reason is to get the dogs attention and not kill it. Clicker training uses food and a clicker to reward a dog and I have no problem with this method but it takes longer and your dog is always expecting treats for doing as asked.

I found that using the Koehler method worked wonders and in a shorter time.Unfortunately I loaned my book out and have had to re-ordered it and look forward to using the methods again. Bottom line, his method works. Neither of the dogs I trained ever hid when the leash came out. In fact, both raced to the door, before I even had the leash attached, wanting to get going! I say this training is not abuse, if used properly. I do wish he had a more current book out though. John
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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The techniques may seem rough but they only escalate if the first lessens are not learned. If the choice is between putting your dog to sleep or leaving him on a street corner (I myself have found 2 dog that way) when a bit of dirty work can save them where's the choice? Cookies and clickers don't always do it. People all too often add human emotions to animals that don't understand or care the way we do. I love my dog and can tell her all I want but it would not stop an 80 lb German shepherd from biting another animal or worse a child. Dogs learn from respect and authority. Being a woman who owns a powerful breed I would recommend this book to anyone who has a potentially aggressive dog especially if you have children.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Koehler Method Works Where Modern Methods Fail March 20 2004
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Format:Hardcover
I have used the Koehler Method of Dog Training for over 20 yrs. I've used it on terriers, gsd's, dobies, beagles, hounds, & misc. wild energetic dogs, shy and fearful dogs. My dogs are strays, shelter dogs, & free-to-good home dogs. Each dog has a past that I can never really know about. They don't come to me puppies with clean slates. EVERY DOG learned to be good canine citizens under the Koehler Method. Not one of my dogs has EVER been surrendered back to a shelter because "I couldn't train him to not to jump, bite, pull, growl, etc." I don't have to make excuses for any of my dogs like those who insist "Fluffy will sit for me at home but not around distractions" or claim, "this breed can't be trained like other breeds because they are so independent." None of my dogs runs off, get hit by cars, chases or kills other animals. I credit Mr. Koehler for the success of my dog family. Today in America millions of dogs are killed each year in shelters because their owners "tried" all the P.C., lovely dovey, have a treat, I'm your best friend methods to train their dogs. In these methods the dogs are isolated for years in crates, the furniture and cats are doused in bitter apple to save them from being chewed on, and treats are dispensed like coins into a slot machine everytime Fluffy encounters another dog or heaven forbid--a uniform wearing delivery person. When these modern, humane methods don't fix the problem, Fluffy may be drugged into submission. Finally, when none of the modern P.C. expert advice works, Fluffy makes that weepy ride to the shelter and the owner is assured they did everything they could but "some dogs just can't be saved." Mr. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars This Training Works...Period. Jan. 27 2004
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Format:Hardcover
I am an average person (not a professional trainer) who loves dogs as much as anyone reading this. I have used these methods with several dogs in the past, and it worked with huge success on all of them...consistently. The training does not involve abuse...it involves using corrections through a choke collar to teach the dog to pay attention. After one week of training, my dogs could sprint next to me, perfectly healed...and stop at the very second I did. After two weeks, my dogs would not just sit on command, but would sit simply because I would stop walking (the automatic sit). After a few weeks, my dogs would stay in the sit position for 15 minutes and in the down position for longer...without moving...without me even being near them...and with all kinds of distractions around, like other dogs, people, etc.. And let me say, I was hiking in the woods with one dog when he took off after a small animal...and I was sure glad I used Koehler's method of training because the dog immediately came to me when i called him. I have not seen any person who uses treats achieve the same success I have had. Their dogs would obey some or most of the time for some commands. But my dogs would obey ALL of the time for ALL commands. My advice is, read the chapters on basic training and see if working with the choke collar is for you. Contrary to what some people think, the choke collar does not hurt the dog if you know how to use it (and Koehler explains how). The only technique I would not use again is his method to prevent digging (filling the hole with water and holding the dog's head under it). But I don't say this because I necessarily think it is abusive...I say it because I had three diggers and it did not work with any of them. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Speedy delivery was appreciated.
My (fourth!) German shepherd is now training me according to the book's method, and we are both doing very well. The purchase is worth every penny.
Published 4 months ago by Barbara Jennings
4.0 out of 5 stars Koehler Method of dog training
And oldie but very easy to read and follow..if you looking for pictures this book dates back to the 70's..no colour!
Good price at under $10 delivered
I'm impressed
Published 12 months ago by Lisa
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
I ordered and received the Koehler book of dog training.I received exactly what I expected and the expected date.I would recommend and will use again.
Published 12 months ago by Jade8max
5.0 out of 5 stars Not abusive
Sorry, but the people who are screaming about how abusive his techniques are have not read his book. Or they're the "wincers... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Bulldog
1.0 out of 5 stars The end does not justify the means...
Just because it WORKS doesn't mean it's RIGHT. These methods are abusive and inhumane. Save your money and buy anything by Jean Donaldson, Patricia McConnell, Ian Dunbar, Pat... Read more
Published on June 4 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars People: It's not one size fits all. Kohler has it's place.
Have you ever met two people with the same personality? Just like people, no two dogs are the same. I've heard all the arguments. Read more
Published on April 19 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars All the negative hype...
I just went through reading a bunch of reviews with half of the people saying this training method is abusive. And then the other half said it was the best they have ever seen. Read more
Published on Jan. 27 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Walk the first mile in your dog's paws while seeking limits
When I got a little German Shepard puppy, to me the cutest thing on 4 legs that walks this earth, the extent of my concerns were to find a way to paper train him. Read more
Published on Dec 20 2003 by Richard Norwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Dogs make Choices
13 years ago I sent my husband and his first beagle off to a training class by Dick Koehler and they both came back better for the experience. Read more
Published on Oct. 15 2002 by Bridget Forestcats
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