Teaching the Dog to Think: My Year of Dog Agility Training with My Collie, Willow Paperback – Dec 20 2011
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About the Author
Kimberly Davis is an award-winning poet and the author of Kim's Craft Blog, a blog about creative writing craft and the writing life. Her work has appeared in many fine literary journals. She is the author of the poetry chapbook Alchemies of Loss, and of the memoir Teaching the Dog to Think, about her crash introduction to dog agility. Davis was the winner of the 2009-2010 James Wright Poetry Award. For more information about author Kimberly Davis, visit her website at: http://kimberlysdavis.com/.
Top Customer Reviews
Politics aside, if you're a fan of purebred dogs - or for that matter, responsible pet ownership and responsible breeders - the middle and end of this book will enrage you. It's one-sided, unfounded rubbish that anti-breeding groups tend to spew, and while you can try to be sympathetic to the author given the events of the book, it's hard to read around the blatantly incorrect information that's passed off as fact. Honestly, from the middle to the end it's more like reading PETA propaganda than a book about lighthearted agility fun.
Rated two stars for the potential, but the rubbish ending ruined it for me.
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Kim discusses the reward method in detail as Willow becomes a more responsive and obedient dog. She comes to understand how and why the technique works and she applies its principles to her own life. She gives her son time for a favorite hobby when he finishes homework as opposed to demanding it be done now, as many of us parents do. She applies the technique to her creative writing students by singling out good writing and having them "do more of this", in order to coax new levels of accomplishment.
The story is funny, heartwarming, and thought provoking. It winds along many surprising and pleasurable paths. It offers information we can use in our own lives to become more thoughtful people. Read the book and take a walk with Kim along the road of self-discovery, through the woods of south coastal Massachusetts, the scent of the sea in the air, with Willow running ahead but looking back for guidance on which way to turn.