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Mother Knows Best: The Natural Way to Train Your Dog
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on April 27, 2015
The original Dog Whisper!
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on October 30, 2007
The antiquated methods in this training book astound me. Her claim to be "humane" while suggesting training methods which she says work because they worked for North Korean soldiers in their dealings with POWs is self-contradictory.

Some of the methods that she advocates are incredibly dangerous. Her advocacy of alpha-rolling just goes to show how little this book has to offer in a training world which has since been improved through the use of positive training methods and/or drive training.

Blech. Awful. The worst training book I have had the misfortune to come across.

I like a dog to listen to me because good things happen when the dog performs as I wish, not because they're afraid I'll throw them down on the floor, give 'em a good slap and scream in their face.
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on May 12, 2004
I got this book because I wanted to help a relative with training her new puppy. I was surprised to find that the book not only helped me with training the puppy, but it gave me new insight into our 12 year old mix-breed dog too. This should definately be on the shelf of anyone interested in training or owning a dog. A must-have for any dog lover.
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on June 9, 2003
This book was a big disappointment. There's nothing new in the book. The concept of "Mother knows best" is just plain wrong. Teaching a dog has nothing to do with being a surrogate mother. The author keeps repeating herself without providing useful information. The whole book could be shortened to an insteresting article in a dog magazine. In its present form it is way too long. The author also contradicts herself many times. She emphasizes that learning should be fun for the dog and the owner, then on page 107 when she teaches SIT STAY she writes "He [The dog]understands that when you call him he must go to you and that if he doesn't, you will bore hime to death..." All in all, I would not recommend this book to any serious dog owner.
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on July 1, 2002
As a trainer of Assistance Dogs for persons with disabilities this book has been the foundation of my training methods and I have been using it since I started with my own pet dogs at the age of 15. It is very well written and the basic concept... WONDERFUL!
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on January 25, 2002
I read this book in preparation for Doberman puppies. It was very useful in understanding the personality of dogs and their "packs". It shows you how to discipline your dog without breaking them. I would recommend this book highly!!
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on October 13, 2001
I am a first time dog owner and had no idea how to narrow the vastness of dog/puppy training books down to one decent book. My breeder recommended this book to me. This book is fun to read, very easy to follow, very thorough, and takes you through the process in the correct order (so you don't have to read the entire book to begin your training!) An added bonus: the author has a great sense of humor.
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on October 5, 2001
I've read many dog training books but never anything like this one. This boog goes far beyond simply training your dog for obedience. It's about REALLY communicating with your dog.
I've had dogs before and enjoyed them, but I never thought they can actually communicate - in the broader sense of the word.
'Mother knows best' changed my whole perspective on dogs, and taught me that a dog can, and should have, a vocabulary that can grow with time.
I have a wonderful little pup that I picked up from the street.
He's seven months old now and he already knows so many words.
Whenever I go to the park with him I'm the envy of all other dog owners. He comes immediately when called, knows how to sit and stay, and so much more. There's no bigger pleasure than being able to let him run free, without a leash, knowing that he won't run away, run to the road, or fight with other dogs.
A wonderful wonderful book!!
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on October 16, 2000
Like the concept, didn't like the book. Author spends too much time belaboring the basic premise (mother knows best). Actual advice is scattered, disorganized. Few readers need to know how she publicized her first puppy training class. Strongly preferred "The Art of Raising a Puppy" by Monks of New Skete.
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on June 13, 2000
I raised two dogs using techniques from this book (including one that came to me at two years old ! ). I have never had to raise a hand to them and people constantly comment on how they obey my voice. This is the one book I recommed to all new owners of dogs. A great investment !
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