I am wary of one of Pattison's people writing a review when they are directly profiting from teaching his methods. Diane Holmes has invested thousands of dollars into Pattison via seminars and the so-called certification and thus it is in her financial interest to promote his ideas and techniques.
Pattison waxes authoritatively on dog social dynamics, hierarchies, their mental and emotional motivations. However at no point does he really offer any evidence to support his assertions.
In many cases, he completely ignores basic science and makes assertions that are simply ludicrous. His views are refuted by modern science. His use of violent means to address behavior are outdated and in many cases dangerous; and his approach has been rebuked by IPDTA, the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior as well as many others.
In short, there is nothing here for the modern dog owner. Much better reads are authors like Jean Donaldson, Karen Pryor, Pam J Reid, Ian Dunbar, Patricia B. McConnell; authors that have real achievements as well as the academic backgrounds to understand the true nature of dogs and dog training.
This product is so bad, I won't even re-sell it in a garage sale for fear of what it would mean to the next dog.
I would sell it next summer in a garage sale but I have no intention of being the source of a dog
Better options:The Culture Clash: A Revolutionary New Way to Understanding the Relationship Between Humans and Domestic Dogs
Brenda Aloff's Fundamentals: Foundation Training for Every DogReaching the Animal Mind: Clicker Training and What It Teaches Us About All Animals
Here are the facts:
The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior has position statements against the use of punishment and dominance. They write "AVSAB is concerned with the recent re-emergence of dominance theory and forcing dogs and other animals into submission as a means of preventing and correcting behavior problems"
The IPDTA has specifically mentioned Pattison, making it clear they do not endorse his practices and his use "of physical force, physical, verbal or psychological punishment, intimidation, fear or pain"
Dr. Stanley Coren, author of 'The Intelligence of Dogs: A Guide to the Thoughts, Emotions, and Inner Lives of Our Canine Companions
and 'How Dogs Think: What the World Looks Like to Them and Why They Act the Way They Do
'' criticizes his use of "harsh techniques that harken back to methods that were popular in the 1930's and 1940's."
Dr. Andrew Luescher director of the Animal Behavior Clinic at Purdue University has also spoken out against the methods employed by dominance centered trainers calling them CRUEL and INEFFECTIVE.
Dr. Nicholas Dodman, Section Head and Program Director, Animal Behavior Department of Clinical Sciences Tufts' Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine North Grafton, has called this approach OUTMODED, MISGUIDED and INHUMANE.
A study published in Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research concludes that the application of dominance theory - which Pattison relies on - is outdated and misguided and is often the CAUSE the very behaviors we want to avoid.
Another study published in the Applied Animal Behaviour Science concluded that these confrontational, punishment based approaches often results in aggressive dogs.
As Bill Maher likes to say, you are entitled to your opinions but not your own facts. That's the reason the "Patties" like to argue personalities and not facts.
Those familiar with the SCIENCE of behavior modification realize that Pattison is a charlatan with little knowledge or skills. What Morgan Spector (Clicker Training for Obedience: Shaping Top Performance-Positively
) calls a "jerk and puke" dog trainer.