- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Adams Media; 1 edition (Sept. 1 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1580622038
- ISBN-13: 978-1580622035
- Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 1.9 x 19.7 cm
- Shipping Weight: 281 g
- Average Customer Review: 34 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,022,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Dog Whisperer Paperback – Sep 1 1999
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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
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No leash tugging, no choke/slip chains ... no punishment ... just a sense of humour ... good breathing ... some treats (not bribes, but rewards) and a clicker will do ...
This is an awfully useful book to have around any house with pets (even works on cats) ...
While not strictly necessary ... will suggest that the reader also get Karen Pryor's 'Don't Shoot the Dog' ... these 2 books compliment each other well. Ms. Prypor's book will provide insight and better understanding of the theory behind positive reinforcement ...
These training methods work ... really!
When applied correctly, the methods not just work but work fast ... we trained our Labrador to give 'high fives' in less than 5 minutes ... the clicker is amazing ... now if I can only get it to work on humans!
The philosophy involves patience and positive reinforcement. There are no choke chains or pinch collars to be found here, no shocking of the dog. Instead, there is the building of trust and respect, as well as an attitude of cooperation.
If you feel that you should hit your dog, or yell at your dog, or push his face into any mess he makes, then you should either get this book or give the dog to someone who will treat him right.
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