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    1. How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend: The Classic Training Manual for Dog Owners (Revised & Updated Edition)
    by The Monks of New Skete
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    Asin: 0316610003
    Catlog: Book (2002-09)
    Publisher: Little, Brown
    Sales Rank: 2101
    Average Customer Review: 3.97 out of 5 stars
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    How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend, an informal, friendly guide by The Monks of New Skete, is really two books in one: a step-by-step training manual and a philosophical discussion of the spiritual benefits of owning a dog. The Monks, who support their community in upstate New York by breeding and training German shepherds, reveal a profound devotion to all breeds in this detailed guide to every imaginable aspect of dog ownership. They cover it all: naming the puppy, training with eye contact and jingling keys, establishing the best sleeping arrangements, even dealing with pet loneliness. Owners are advised to think of themselves as the dog's alpha figure, to train with praise instead of punishment, and to beware of becoming the dog's maid or doorman. Throughout, the authors reflect on the deep spiritual connection possible between humans and dogs. Generations of dogs have been trained with the bestselling 1978 edition of this book. With this update, the Monks are bound to gain many new fans--happy humans and obedient canines alike. With modesty and generosity, the Monks offer an extensive list of other helpful books about dogs, as well as a useful appendix of American Kennel Club titles and terms. --Judy Fireman ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing Insight and Understanding for any dog owner
    This book was written with utmost respect and understanding for dogs. The monks understand the pack dynamic and have devised a training manual no dog owner should be without. Many people bash this book claiming it teaches you to hit your dog, but this is untrue. First and foremost the monks emphasize the importance of praise and patience when training your dog. Only when all else fails, and only for exttreme behavior (agression / biting), do the monks recommend physical punishment. The monks are not big on treats, but not because it spoils the dog. Rather, they prefer verbal and physical praise because it creates a closer bond between owner and dog. I would recommend both "How to be your dog's best friend" and "The art of raising a puppy" to any current or will be dog owner. An investment well worth the money and time to read.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This book saved my dog!
    The first day I had my rescue dog he snapped at my 1-year-old daughter. I was contemplating sending him back, but someone suggested this book to help teach him "pack" behavior, i.e. that he is lower in the pack hierarchy than my daughter. It wasn't long before my daughter could safely do anything with him. I was also able to housebreak him, crate train him, and just make him a good dog based on the training techniques.

    Yes, the discipline techniques can seem a little extreme, but they are by no means inhumane. And they WORK because the dog understands. My dog usually "got it" after one time and stopped the behavior. I have not had to discipline him for anything in several years. Now he understands from just a look, a word or a gesture. This book helped us get to that point. Highly recommended!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
    I just finished this book and found it to be a well organized and thorough treatise on the subject. Those who say the book focuses too much on punishment must not have read the latest edition. The monks no longer recommend the alpha roll and "strongly discourage its use to our clients". Rewards are used as the primary means of training. Punishment is only recommended in certain severe situations.

    If you really want to learn about your dog and your relationship with your dog, buy this book. I loved it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
    I have a very large dog that tried to bite my 7 year old (the youngest in the house) when he he was about 6 months old. At 6 months old he already weighed about 80 pounds and wanted very badly to be Alpha. Before reading this book I would have gotten rid of the dog. However, I decided to try the Alpha Wolf technique and see if he could be broken of this. I did it ONCE and the dog NEVER snapped at my child or any other child again. That was 5 years ago. This technique really does work. Read the book!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent info for seasoned dog owners
    Although I grew up with dogs until I was 21, I am now 26 and buying my own first puppy, so I thought I would research training a bit before I bring home my new lab.

    What I really liked about this book is that is spent a lot of time explaining the reasons behind the recommendations. It allows you to understand why certain methods are effective, and why it fits with the way that a dog's mind works.

    I found this book much better and more thurough than other books on the subject. Many books seems to be a step-by-step intruction manual on how to train your dog. This book is more like taking a short course on how and why training works.

    All the negative reviews of this book have to do with dicipline. Please ignore these people. You can read for yourself the sections dealing with discipline using the "look inside this book" feature. You will see that the authors have a true love of dogs and that they only use dicipline in a humane manner with the least amount of force necessary.

    I highly recommend this book to everyone form a first-time dog buyer, to someone who has spoent their lives around dogs. ... Read more


    2. Culture Clash
    by Jean Donaldson
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    Asin: 1888047054
    Catlog: Book (1997-01-01)
    Publisher: James & Kenneth Publishers
    Sales Rank: 5000
    Average Customer Review: 4.05 out of 5 stars
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    *The Culture Clash is special. Written in Jean's inimitably informal yet precise lecture style, the book races along on par with a good thriller. *The Culture Clash depicts dogs as they really are - stripped of their Hollywood fluff, with their loveable 'can I eat it, chew it, urinate on it, what's in it for me' philosophy. Jean's tremendous affection for dogs shines through at all times, as does her keen insight into the dog's mind. Relentlessly she champions the dog's point of view, always showing concern for their education and well being. Without a doubt, Jean's book is the hottest doggy item on the market. Best Training Book Of The Year! (Maxwell Award) ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars It is the truest dog psychology/training book out there.
    I have owned, bred, trained, and shown many breeds, and I'm telling you, you simply cannot find a better book for getting into your dog's mind and understanding what makes them tick. All this makes for VAST better training. I have read so many 'understanding your dog' books it would make your head spin but this book puts them all to shame. For example, I was having trouble getting a real fast down from my Golden Retrvr. in obedience competition. After having read Jean's book,in a matter of minutes, we had the problem licked. Finished her title w/ a 1st place to boot.
    However, this book in not just for people in competition, it is for everyone who owns a dog. There are so many nuggets of truth on how your dog thinks and so many training tips, that you wonder why you hadn't perceived them on your own.
    This is the only book I recommend to my dog friends. Some may have difficulty getting past the psycho-lingo but it is so well, well worth the effort.

    1-0 out of 5 stars was not happy with Culture Clash
    I was so excited to get this book and after calling all of the local book stores and finding out they were all out, I had to order it and wait 2 long weeks to recieve it!! The book finally came and I was sooo happy..tearing through the box it was mailed in...I got comfy on my chair and read it....chapter by chapter..I was so excited in the first 10 minutes,then...uggg...I was so disapointed....The writing was all disorganized..I was totally lost..and there was no index!!!! I put the book down and am planning on selling it in my yard sale next month.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Nothing new...
    The back cover of this book sports a recommendation saying that the book is "literally overflowing with information that's so new it virtually redefines the state of the art in dog training." Alas, I've been unable to find this information anywhere in the book. In much of the book Donaldson quite correctly points out techniques used by many, perhaps the majority, of dog owners that are bound to make life sour for the dog and the owner, such as punishing a dog for an offense comitted hours ago or yanking him around forever on a choker. That the people doing this are wrong and Donaldson is right is proven thousands of times every day by people who can't train their dog. Yet nothing about this is new. If Donaldson had consulted dog training literature even from the nineteenth century, she would have found the same observations. (E.g., Carl Tabel's very punishment-oriented classic makes this point very clear.) These things were known long before Skinner ever got to abuse his first rat.

    Donaldson's strong aversion against punishment is entirely acceptable, yet the way she condemns everyone who uses corrections in her moralistic tone is not. Donaldson admits that corrections, if and only if adminstered correctly, can increase the reliability of a command, and she also admits that one can reasonable argue that a command that could save the dog's live might be "installed by all means necessary." She could have added that the increased reliability can lead to increased freedom for the dog, and thus enhance his quality of life. What is more, at the end of the book, when she finally gives practical training advice, Donaldson falls into using "active corrections" all the time. Her innocent insistence about halters and anti-pull harnesses that "I honestly don't know how it works. Perhaps there's some aversive being applied." is ridiculous. These things might indeed be better for many dog owners than choke collars, but the reason is, and Donaldson herself correctly states, that in order to deliver a convincing correction with a choker you need to apply a serious yank. Like so many other advocates of "positive-reinforcement only" training, Donaldson does not practice what she preaches. I have seen people who clearly abuse corrections, people who arguably overuse them, and people who arguably underuse them, but I never have seen anyone living with a dog who did not apply some form of coercion or punishment at times.

    Finally, Donaldson needs a better editor. Her constant use of nouns as verb modifiers and techniques of emphasis "soooooo" make me "distress vocalize."

    5-0 out of 5 stars Dogs just want to have fun!
    This is the best first book for any new dog owner. It helps one understand the mind of a dog. Once the basics of "dogology" are down, the owner can move on to training the new pet. Donaldson teaches us her philosophy behind training -- that using reward instead of punishment yields a well-trained dog, as well as a warm relationship between pet and owner. A win-win situation! What's not to like?

    5-0 out of 5 stars This is the quintessential book on dog training. Period.
    There's vitually no book I have not read when it comes to training your dog or getting into your dog's head. And this is the best, it has no rivals.
    But it should be pointed out that this book is fairly geared towards those who compete w/ their dogs, this is not a book for those owning their first dog and are requiring the knowledge of the basics. If you are not up on the 'lingo' of dog competition or do not have a thorough grounding in 'Dog Psychology 101' you'll probably find yourself lost.
    However, that being said, I refer to this book again and again as it brought me light years ahead in the way I train my dogs. I compete in both Conformation and Obedience and I use every bit of what I learned in both fields.
    The only real complaint I have is that 'The Culture Clash' spoiled me tremendously. Every book I have read since has been a tremendous let-down.
    Bottom line? If you want to get inside the canine mind, this is the book to buy. ... Read more


    3. How to be the Leader of the Pack...And have Your Dog Love You For It. ("How to" booklets from Dog's Best Friend)
    by Patricia B. McConnell
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    Asin: 189176702X
    Catlog: Book (1996-01-01)
    Publisher: Dog's Best Friend, Ltd.
    Sales Rank: 1718
    Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars
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    Learn how to love your dogs without spoiling them and provide boundaries without intimidation. This booklet clarifies how to be a benevolent leader and avoid aggression related to fear or dominance. If you want to be a natural leader to your pack and teach your dog that being polite is fun, this book tells you how to do it in a peaceful, kind way. The ideas and exercises in this booklet are based on the way dogs communicate with each other, so they are highly effective and easy for your dog to understand. An essential part of any canine library! ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Mixed reaction
    I've read several different dog training and behavior books, and Patricia McConnell is one of the best... and one of the funniest. Everything in this pamphlet is good advice, and good things to be reminded of. We have a problem in our household with different "standards" for our dog, so I will leave this book around the house hoping my DH reads it. It is short, so he might, and if he tries some of the suggestions it would solve many problems. Pushy begging, refusals to give back stolen objects, you get the idea -- involving the dog and DH.

    So yes, this book is an excellent resource for new dog owners or dog owners that are having problems. It is a short read, so it is good for experienced owners to look at to. I earmarked a few passages to remind myself to work on those things with the dog myself.

    However, this is not The Other End of the Leash. There isn't anything new or deeply in depth in this pamphlet, and having read other of McConnell's writing, I was hoping it would have some new insights. So I was a little disappointed.

    But the trainer's assistant in me is delighted that there is a brief and clear pamphlet with a lot of good advice in it that I could hand to a student and expect them to read it, understand it, and learn gentle things they can do to improve their relationship with their dog from it. McConnell clearly wrote this because she found that many of her human clients (she is a behavioral consultant and trainer) needed this information, and wouldn't it be nice if she could hand them a pamphlet so they could easily remember what she explained to them. And yes, the information in this pamphlet could certainly help reduce the number of dogs visiting the behaviorist or the humane society. So, brava on that score.

    5-0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT
    Patricia is an excellent animal behaviorist and I recommend all her books. One of my dogs has had dog training with Dogs Best Friend and they have the kindest and most dog-friendly ways of teaching!! Any dog lover is at a loss without this book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect guide for dog lovers and owners
    Small but perfect guide for dog lovers and owners. Simple steps to provide loving boundaries, and dealing with aggression in canines. Arlene Millman, author of BOOMERANG - A MIRACLE TRILOGY (The tale of a remarkable Boston Terrier).

    3-0 out of 5 stars The Cliff Notes of Puppy 101
    I guess I should have paid more attention to the number of pages contained in this book. When I received it, I was glad I'd paid so little for it. Unfortunately I didn't learn anything new about my 'pack' from this book having been through various courses of beginning and advanced training with both my dogs.

    That said, this is a great book for kids as it is short and to the point and I don't think it's too complicated. Same goes for an adult who is getting their first dog, or not necessarily their 'first' dog, but the first one they get once they leave their parents house.

    The recommendations in this book are all tried and true and have worked for me and it's a very good start to getting your dog to know who the big dog is at your house.

    4-0 out of 5 stars So Good I had to Order a Second Copy!
    Good, basic, reasonable information that could benefit any dog owner, especially those who are not familiar with the "pack mentality" dogs exhibit by nature. ... Read more


    4. Reef Invertebrates: An Essential Guide to Selection, Care and Compatibilty
    by Anthony Calfo, Robert Fenner
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    Asin: 0967263034
    Catlog: Book (2003-06)
    Publisher: Reading Trees
    Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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    At 400 pages, this first volume of the Natural Marine Aquarium series takes a comprehensive look at the wide range of wondrous organisms both large and small for modern marine aquaria. Topics include extensive refugium and natural filtration methodologies, dynamic living vegetable and animal filters, and... of course, gorgeous photo galleries and information on husbandry for all the magnificent reef invertebrates suitable for study and display including shrimp, crabs, sea stars, live sand infauna, microcrustaceans & plankton, sponges, sea squirts, gastropods, giant clams and other bivalves, and much more! Heavily illustrated, this reference is handsome, entertaining and above all informative. Written by the highly regarded team of Anthony Calfo and Robert Fenner, the authors bring their humor, wisdom and talent for the art of content provision to the reader with their uniquely humble yet passionate style of delivery. It is an essential guide for every conscientious marine aquarist seeking to finesse their fish or reef aquarium. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Good Invertebrate Book
    I found this book to be quite good in covering most invertebrates in the marine trade. I use this book to reference every invertebrate before I buy them. The book even has some good sections on setting up a refugium and identifing various algaes and their benifits and their drawbacks. The only thing that this book seems to be missing is a section on anemones.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An amazing, essential book on hitchickers etc in todays reef
    As a senior aquatics staff in a shop down here in N.Z this book is not only beautyfull but incredibly usefull. This is the first book i have reviewed and i would recomend it to any hobbyist.

    Cant wait for the other two !!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Terrific Book!
    This book provides in-depth information about a plethora of topics useful for the reef aquarist. Instead of providing a re-hash of information generally available in virtually every aquarium book (eg, the nitrogen cycle), the authors provide in-depth information about such "under-covered" topics as water flow, refugiums, etc. Their discussion of marine organisms also hits the mark, providing more information about biology, husbandry, etc. than most other books without becoming so technical that only someone with a Ph.D. in marine biology would find it interesting or comprehensible. I found the book to be interesting, well-written, and very useful.

    This is an absolutely superb book, and I eagerly await the other projected volumes in this series that the authors so teasingly mention. Hats off to the authors!!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Wide range of topics, good for moving fishonly->reef keeping
    This book is ideal for the hobbiest who wants to make the transition from blindly maintaining a reef tank that lives, to a vibrate natural system, incorporating natural filters and food production. Goes into detail of various refugiums methods (nutrient export, plankton production, etc), and info on deep and live sand beds. Section on macroalgae is very good, with good clear photos for identification and basic description and care info.

    Also contains info and photos on other welcome and unwelcome reef members, such as shrimps, crabs, snails, nudibranchs, mantis shrimps, worms (featherdusters), sponges, clams, starfish, sea squirts, etc. Note that it talks about these invertebrates as a family, and usually does not go into detail of subspecies, in general this book cant be used to identify a particular subspecies, just general care/info. This book describes all the invertebrates that most coral books leave out.

    This book provides introductory information for a wide range of topics, good for those who have not been aware of these techniques or are considering adding to their system, this is a good springboard to the wider marine world although detail is lacking in implementation and further research would definitely be required. At times topics are spread widely, but a little too thinly. There are many examples where the authors will tell you about something that you need to know, but wont tell you the answer, eg: In reference to macroalgae going sexual, it says "sexual events are fairly predictable, and are easily avoided...", yet it does not describe how to predict (ie, what signs to look for), or how to avoid. However scientific names/terms are used, which can be used to search the internet.

    If, like me, you like constantly adding fresh pieces of live rock to your system to see what wonderful things come/grow on it, I would recommend this book, especially if you have recently moved from marine to reek keeping.

    5-0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE MOST INFORMATIVE
    I have been keeping reefs for about 4 years. I have read many books on it - This is one of the best books thus far, I look forward to more of these series from Anthony and Robert. Well worth the money! ... Read more


    5. The Art of Raising a Puppy
    by New Skete Monks
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    Asin: 0316578398
    Catlog: Book (1991-03-20)
    Publisher: Little, Brown
    Sales Rank: 2678
    Average Customer Review: 4.47 out of 5 stars
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    The monks of New Skete have been breeding and training dogs at their New Yorkmonastery for more than 20 years. Their philosophy of raising dogs accentuatesthe essential human-canine bond, whereby owners must learn to understand a dog'sinstincts, needs, and behavior. Understanding a dog, the monks say, is the keyto successfully training him. They first published this philosophy in their 1978classic guide How to Be YourDog's Best Friend. Now the monks concentrate on the first three months ofa puppy's life in The Art of Raising a Puppy.

    The book observes a litter of monastery puppies from birth to 12 weeks. Tenderphotographs and dialogue reflect these precious first few weeks of life. Even atthis time, the human-canine link is vital; the monks stress the importance ofgentle touch to help forge this connection. Basic puppy training techniques areexplored and executed, all of which puppy owners should find easy to implement. Virtually all types of dog problems and dog training are examined in the book,always in compassionate and easily comprehensible language. The monks also lookwell beyond surface training techniques to analyze the roots of dogs' problemsand explain how training can help. Owners are taught how to gently assertdominance over their dog, which will make for a long-lasting and fulfillingrelationship.Beautiful black-and-white photographs of monastery puppies will pull at everyheartstring. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent guide for new buyers, trainers, & breeders!

    The breeder we bought our german shepherd puppy from recommended this book to us. I am amazed at the work the Monks of New Skete are doing for the german shepherd breed. My hope is that all breeders would use the New Skete method with their litters. If this were done, then maybe so-called "dangerous breeds" would lose their bad rap. Surely there would be less dogs in animal shelters and pet shops.

    I can not stress enough the importance of early human socialization, and the Monks of New Skete seem to agree. If you are planning on breeding a litter, I urge you to pick up this book an heed the authors advice.

    This book also stresses humane training methods, and the importance of positive reinforcement. Using this method has helped with my dominant GSD pup. Constant scolding will get you nowhere. A quick pop on the lead when bad and copious amounts of praise when good makes training a happy occasion for both dog and master.

    I would recommend the three tape training set "Raising Your Dog With The Monks of New Skete" along with this book. The tapes show the New Skete method from the puppy birth, to training the adult dog, and brings the information together nicely.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great insight and understanding of raising a puppy
    This book is a great help to all puppy owners, new and veteran alike. The monks knowledge of the pack dynamic and the puppy's maturation into adulthood are amazing, to say the least. This books helps guide a puppy owner from day one to adulthood. Basic training and care information any dog owner should know. Even for those who may not agree with all the monks training methods, this book is still a great resource. If you are more of the new age mind of dog training, this book still is a nice companion to a new style training book. I would suggest getting one of each (The power of positive dog training is ok...) and see which methods best suit your and your dog's personalities. No 1 method will suit everyone. But no one should be without this book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Own: Clearly written and comprehensive
    The Monks compile a great deal of knowledge into one very informative, very well-written, hard-to-put-down book. This book focuses on the development, both physiological and psychological, of puppies: from the dams pregnancy and whelping on. They address what to do, what to avoid, nutrition, etc., for each phase. I strongly suggest that you also read "How to be Your Dog's Best Friend". In the latter book (their first) they make it very clear that you should read not only their book, but many others on the training and evolution of dogs and a variety of other related subjects and provide a recommended reading list. Having read both books (and many others), I felt that they had no pretensions (as some do) to be the utmost authority on the subject. Nonetheless, as for puppy books, this is my number one pick, my guidebook.

    5-0 out of 5 stars the one dog training book to own
    I've read over a dozen dog-training books and if you are going to own one dog-training book this is the one to get. The Art of Raising a Puppy is an incredibly comprehensive book that has everything you need to know about getting a puppy, raising it properly, and turning it into a well trained dog. If there's one negative to the book, it's that there's more information than the average dog owner can use. However, you can take as much or as little as you want from this book. The important thing is to read it. If you're going to purchase two dog-training books, I also recommend the Canine Good Citizen.

    5-0 out of 5 stars know your beast
    These gentlemen are right on the mark for dog training. We used their philosophy for raising our strong-willed huskie-border collie mix. She is the most wonderful dog imaginable and we owe it all to the Monks' method. Everyone compliments us on her behaviour and temperament. ... Read more


    6. Don't Shoot the Dog! : The New Art of Teaching and Training
    by KAREN PRYOR
    list price: $15.00
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    Asin: 0553380397
    Catlog: Book (1999-08-03)
    Publisher: Bantam
    Sales Rank: 2441
    Average Customer Review: 4.38 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Kudos for Karen Pryor's Honesty
    "Don't Shoot the Dog" is the best comprehensive guide I know of that encourages the use of Positive Reinforcement. There is no question that PR goes a long way and should always be used as a first option (with both animals and people). Karen Pryor's honesty in this book is to be applauded. While she champions using PR as far as it works to produce the desired result, she realistically acknowledges that PR does not always work. As a dog trainer and author using a balanced approach, I find her candor and her desire to make the world a better place for dogs and people quite noble. If all we needed in our relationships with dogs and people was to find the right reward, this would be the only book we would need.

    The structure of the book is easy to follow, and along with emphasizing PR, also gives excellent advice about the crucial element of timing in training. I also find this book useful as a tool to help people decide NOT to use muzzle restraining devices. If a dog training student of mine is thinking of using a muzzle restraining device on a dog, I have the student read Karen's comments about restraint as the bottom of page 101. Her clearly stated explanation hits the nail right on the head. Restraining has its place, but it isn't training.

    Karen's comments about rewarding the wrong behavior also makes a lot of sense. Our leaders in government would benefit from her political applications of her principles.

    5-0 out of 5 stars If you have a submissive dog, GET THIS BOOK, though...
    it is about behavior modification and not dog training per se.
    Don't Shoot the Dog! is the best fundamental description of behaviorism I have ever read. My husband and I have used its principles in training our extremely submissive and abused by a former owner Jack Russell terrier to develop some mental health. This is not a cookbook, it is a philosophy. Pryor does not endorse pure behaviorism; in her work with dolphins described in Lads Before the Wind, she writes extensively about her philosophy falling between that of Konrad Lorenz, the ethologist, and B.F. Skinner. There are hard wired behavior traits present in all species and using operant conditioning via a method like clicker training actually uses those traits to the trainer's advantage, never forgetting that there are some instincts that are so hard wired that they are impossible to overcome. This training is not necessarily an easy to do BECAUSE IT REQUIRES REAL INSIGHT, PATIENCE AND SENSITIVITY ON THE PART OF THE TRAINER! Our dog had been beaten for being a submissive urinator which -- gues what!! -- made her more of a submissive urinator. Three months of hard work following the philosophy of this book have helped immensely. This book has applications in all of our dealings with other sensient beings.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Now: Someone that actually read the book
    Believe me when I tell you that those that criticized this book never read it and integrated its principles. Instead, these are people that might have vast experience with different systems that give them good results. The techniques they use have become second nature to them. They conclude: my system is different, my system works, therefore every thing else is crap. One reviewer rambled about how it mainly applies to dolphins because they are confined to a tank. The kindest thing I can say about him is that he never read DON'T SHOOT THE DOG. If he did, I would have to insult his reading comprehension. Little of what he rants about is even in the book. Instead of ranting about hearsay on the somewhat different topic of clicker training, allow me to tell you about "Don't Shoot the Dog". This book teaches far reaching techniques with universal application. I have trained dogs, horses, and wild caught birds of prey (which were flown free daily not confined to pools or tanks). Though I understand alpha dog training, use negative reinforcement, and have employed many successful techniques, this is one of my all time top 10 books on any subject and it is a MUST READ even for those that will never own a pet. Karen Pryor was in fact a trainer at Sea World but contrary to the title this book is not about the specifics of animal training. It is instead a handbook on behavioral modification complete with an introduction written by B.F. Skinner, the father of behavioral psychology. While he was not a man without faults, he was a huge contributor to some profoundly simplified techniques for modifying behavior. While an easy read (one long afternoon) the power of this book lies in studying the principles and then training yourself to modify behavior. In an entraining and practical manner Karen explains a principle, explains its applications and LIMITATIONS and then gives a scenario that illustrates how to apply this principle with an animal, an adult, and a child. A lay person soon learns that most instinctive responses to unwanted behavior are non productive. We have many roles in life and it is a rare person in which some of these roles don't require us to influence behavior. While people are not animals, behavior modification is behavior modification and we all use it. Unfortunately, more often than not we make critical mistakes that result in the opposite result we want and expect. I read this book 10 years ago. As soon as I did I wished I had read it about 25 years sooner. It brought greater success to training at opposite ends of the animal kingdom. It worked on free flying wild birds of prey that are not social creatures and interpret any negative reinforcement as a death threat. These wild animals can easily leave the trainer and return to the wild to fend for themselves. They get this chance every day. In fact it is nothing but unnatural that they will return from being a tiny speck in the sky just from operant conditioning and positive reinforcement. More amazing, they can be properly trained to do this within 10 days of being trapped from the wild, so much for the hilarious comment about it won't work on things that can run loose like dogs. Speaking of dogs, I have used it on Setters and Springer's not to mention a very strong willed, male Jack Russell Terrier, with a well developed alpha dog mentality. Karen never implies that negative reinforcement is not a legitimate tool. She simply fine tunes its use, timing, and consistency to give you an even more powerful tool. The principles in this book have greatly enhanced what was decades of successful training. Finally, don't under estimate these principles when it comes to inter- personal relationships. If you do, you missed a great part of what makes this a must read.

    5-0 out of 5 stars not just for the dogs
    I've read quite a few dog behavior, training and intelligence books and always had this on the to read list because of its reputation of being the "bible" of dog training. But I didn't really want to read it because of the title, and hey, the cover isn't too imaginitive either. I know don't judge a book by a cover, but to be honest, reading has a sensual side too -- good clean lines, fits nice in the hands, smooth paper. You bookaholics know what I'm saying.

    So, I finally got around to reading this and I can see why people say this book is life-changing. Pryor spent very little time talking about dogs specifically but showed many examples on how these methods could be used with people with disabilities, your own kids, spouse, cat etc.

    I'm a trainer's assistant at a dog obedience school, and as I read this, it all looked familiar. It is basically the foundation philosophy of our school. It's a method of communication. A way to build a relationship and communicate what you want from your dog in a positive, punishment-free manner. Reading this book helped me clarify why we at the school do things as we do. And as I finished the book, I was thinking of one of the comments a woman made at a trainer's funeral. The gist was that she had learned from his gentle approach to the dogs, and this had spread to the way she approached people as well.

    It's true. "Clicker training" as some people call this training philosophy will spill outside of your doggy life and into other areas... if you come to this as a dog trainer. As a dog trainer, your dog doesn't sit when you say sit. Instead of getting mad and saying sit sit sit! jerking on the collar or pushing on the butt, first you think "does my dog understand 'sit?'" Then you'd break it down into it's components -- sit is an action (head goes up, butt goes down) and responding to the command requires that 1. the dog knows the action 2. the dog knows the word is connected to the action. Then you'd find a way to get your dog past whatever is hanging him up. So, if this is your habitual style of response to other's "mistakes," you will start to develop patience, compassion and clear communication. And those skills will take you far in life.

    And extra bonus -- besides learning training methods, you'll read alot of funny anecdotes about frisbee-playing elephants and bell-ringing hermit crabs too.

    4-0 out of 5 stars great primer on operant conditioning
    This book explains the philosophy behind operant conditioning, as well as giving basic tips on how to work WITH your dog (or other trainee--this method can be used on cats, people, fish...).

    I'm grateful to the people who directed me toward positive training. Visit Karen Pryor's website or clickersolutions.com to learn more about clicker training and positive pet interactions. ... Read more


    7. The Working American Bulldog
    by Dave Putnam
    list price: $49.95
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    Asin: 0967271002
    Catlog: Book (1999-12-16)
    Publisher: Bulldog Press (CA)
    Sales Rank: 37257
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    The Working American Bulldog is a comprehensive history of a specific breed of dog, the American Bulldog. This is the most numerous rare breed in the US. This book gives information about training, raising, breeding, care and nutrition of American Bulldogs. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A real book for a proud breed..........
    I personally believe, given the limited amount of information available to the searching public on the subject of the American Bulldog, that this publication is well worth the buyers time and money. As one of the breeders mentioned within it's pages I assure you that our names are not found there as mere filler and we all sought no advertisement whatsoever. It is my honest belief that Mr. Putnam truely desired to gain perspective from those among us who have been involved with this breed for a number of years. This was proven by the amount of effort that he had personally put into both time and travel. As stated above so correctly by Mr. Deleon, "Currently this book is the most acurate and informative book out about this breed" . Thank you for your effort, Dave.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Working American Bulldog
    It would be impossible to write the perfect book on American Bulldogs. Our breed certainly has its share of unknowns, but Dave Putnam did a great job in writing this book. His research and investigation allowed him to discuss aspects of the American Bulldog that are not widely known. Dave addressed American Bulldogs of all types with fairness and equality. He spoke of specific breeders and trainers yet he kept the American Bulldog in full focus. I highly recommend this book for the new comers to the breed as well as the old timers. It is a very interesting and educational reference source for the American Bulldog.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great book on the history of the American Bulldog!!!!
    I really enjoyed this book for many reasons: 1)This is a good book for the history of the American Bulldog...there are not a lot of books out there on American Bulldogs 2)The pictures are awsome 3)Written very well. I would recommend this book to anyone that has an American Bulldog or is thinking about owning one.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Expertise from an Expert!
    Interested or merely curious about this breed, this magnificent book is the major definitive work! Full of beautiful photos which enhance the personal stories and factual data! This is not a "cookie-cutter" series, but rather a hands-on knowledge from first-hand experience, tempered with candid observations! This is a marvellous volume in every respect on many aspects of this canine species!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good book... but needs a review
    I liked the book especially because of author's attempt to be polite and neutral in a world where breeders tend to show very little respect to the ideas and preferences of the folks breeding "the other" type of AB (Scott ABs vs JDJ ABs vs etc).

    The author talks about all "kinds" of ABs, but I somehow think that the book now needs a complete review, in order to accomodate the changes and perceptions in the last few years.

    I also would like to see a more complete section (or perharps a complete new book) exclusively about JDJ ABs, which happens to be the type of AB that I prefer and breed.

    Claudiano ... Read more


    8. Bad Cat: 244 Not-So-Pretty Kitties And Cats Gone Bad
    by Jim Edgar
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    Asin: 0761136193
    Catlog: Book (2004-10-15)
    Publisher: Workman Publishing Company
    Sales Rank: 186
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    Not since Kliban has there been a cat book this edgy. Edgy as in Bosco, the demonic Siamese with the out-of-focus eyes, razor-sharp fangs, and his own idea of Feng Shui. Or the half-shaved freak named Mr. Fliegel, who looks like a cross between a poodle and a lion. Mr. Fliegel shrugs and says, "Chicks dig me." Or Kato, resplendent in his Three Musketeers outfit: "One for all, blah blah blah . . . now just get me out of this @#%&ing costume!" Or Clark, whose hobby is eating other cats' food. Tina, who somehow always just misses the litter box . . . sucker. And the guilty-looking Clarence, caught with a Barbie doll in flagrante delicto. Clarence's defiant defense: "She was naked when I came in. . . ."

    Just as Kliban got us to think about the cat as something far more interesting than an innocuous house pet, and Suzy Becker taught us that cats possess a Buddha-like wisdom (together Cat and All I Need to Know I Learned from My Cat have more than 2.6 million copies in print), Jim Edgar reveals yet another facet of the ever-mesmerizing animal. Brooding, deranged, antisocial, these are kitties with attitude and borderline personality problems--ah, but what hilarious fun it is to read about them. All 244 photographed in terrifying full color in their most unflattering moments, with a quote plus vital stats: name, breed, age, and hobby. Get to know them. Then see if you can ever forget them.
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    9. Dog Training for Dummies
    by JackVolhard, WendyVolhard
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    Asin: 0764552864
    Catlog: Book (2001-01-15)
    Publisher: For Dummies
    Sales Rank: 9586
    Average Customer Review: 3.12 out of 5 stars
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    A well-trained dog is the result of education – actually, more yours than your dog’s. You need to know what makes a dog a dog: how he thinks, reacts, grows, and expresses himself; what his needs are; and most important, why he does what he does. When you understand your dog, you will achieve a mutually rewarding relationship. Dogs aren't homogeneous. Each one is unique, and in their differences lie the challenge.

    Dog Training For Dummies can help anyone who has just brought home a puppy or is thinking of getting one. Even if you have experience with dog training, you’ll find useful information for a wide variety of dog breeds and personalities. This book is also for you if

    • You want your dog to be well behaved – for his sake as well as yours.
    • You have little or no knowledge of proper dog training techniques
    • You have done some reading on the subject, but have had limited success with your dog.
    • Your dog is partially trained but needs to learn a few more things

    Find out what it takes to have a well-behaved pooch by recognizing your dog's instinctive behaviors and determining its personality profile. Understand what your expectations are and know how your attitude affects your dog's training. This handy reference guide also covers the following and more:

    • Dealing with barking and chewing
    • Coping with separation anxiety
    • Housetraining a puppy
    • Walking and heeling
    • Retrieving on command
    • Training for competitive dog titles
    • Teaching your dog to be a Companion Dog
    • Dealing with aggression
    • Understanding your dog's health
    • Going to obedience school

    The important thing about dog training is to get started today. The sooner you train your dog to behave the way you want him to, the sooner the two of you can live in peace together, and the more problems you can prevent down the road. So get going! Your dog will thank you for it. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Worthy of a Spot on Your Bookshelf
    This book gets put down a lot because it has a couple of flaws. However, overall, it is a great book on Dog Training, and it contains a lot of information the person trying to train their dog really needs to know. This book helps you get inside your dog's head and understand why he does and does not listen. It puts the world as your dog sees it in perspective and shows you how to communicate on his level so you can help him understand exactly what is expected of him.

    If you read this book you will become someone who can control their dog and have a happy, obedient canine companion.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Review from another veterinary technician
    Like another reviewer, I am also a veterinary technician and I strongly disagree with her dismissal of many things in this book on the basis that the authors aren't "medically trained". These authors are very experienced and respected people in the dog training/health fields. Their advice on rabies vaccination timing and commercial dog foods are, I believe, valid. The veterinary field (vets and technicians)is not a monolithic block. I personally know many licensed veterinarians
    who agree wholehearedly with the health issues in this book. As someone who has a degree in veterinary technology (plus human physical therapy) I am dismayed by the attitude of many of my colleagues that vettech/vet school is the only place to receive valid training and information. There is minimal training inbehavior and nutrition.
    I have found that the Volhard's training methods work quite well, and they are also followed and respected by many canine breeding/training professionals.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Get a better dog training book
    There are so many dog training books that are so much better, like, anything by Carol Lea Benjamin, or Job Michael Evans, The Evans Guide for Housetraining Your Dog by Job Michael Evans,
    Reading The Dog's Mind: Learning to Train from the Dog's Point of View by John Holmes, Mary Holmes, Dog Behavior: An Owner's Guide to a Happy Healthy Pet by Ian Dunbar, Right from the Start: Care and Training for the Life of Your Dog
    by Race Foster, Marty Smith, How Dogs Learn by Mary R. Burch, Jon S. Bailey, Puppy Care and Training: An Owner's Guide to a Happy Healthy Pet by Bardi McLennan , All Dogs Need Some Training by Liz Palika Yhe Dog's Mind: Understanding Your Dog's Behavior ,by Bruce Fogle,Dog Training for Kids,by Carol Lea Benjamin , Dog Training: An Owners Guide to a Happy Healthy Pet by Amy Ammen Dog Training for Children and Parents by Michael Tucker, Mother Knows Best: The Natural Way to Train Your Dog,by Carol Lea Benjamin What All Good Dogs Should Know: The Sensible Way to Train by Jack Volhard, A-Z Of Dog Training and Behavior,by Patrick Holden, Kay White Dog-Friendly Dog Training by Andrea Arden ---- just to name a few! All of these are much better than the the dummies one, which is dumb.
    Abby

    3-0 out of 5 stars Good training advice
    Am I mistaken, do the authors have a degree in veterinary medicine? I didn't think so. As a veterinary technician, I know medical advice when I see it and the authors are certainly not qualified to dispense that. They give their opinions as medical fact, and it is not so. They give spaying and neutering a bad name by exaggerating the so-called "negative behavioral changes" associated with that, without hardly mentioning the endless positive changes. They also warn owners that giving a rabies vaccine at the time of the surgery will have "devastating effects" on the animal. In truth, at the very worst, the animal will not mount a sufficient immune reaction and the vaccine won't work. As far as the nutrition section is concerned, if you feed your dog a premium dog food, you don't need supplements or raw meat. Basically, I don't think the authors should be giving advice on medical issues without a degree in nutrition or health sciences. If you can ignore all that and promise yourself not to listen to it, I do recommend this book. It does have some great training advice as well as information to help you understand pack animals and why a dog acts like it does.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Low on Practicality
    I am one of those people who enjoys reading cookbooks and dog training books. I rarely cook and never well, with an equivalent depressed performance in the canine management domain. This is a book however, that is only good for reading, and in that area, it isn't bad, just not an `ah hah' experience. The "pack behavior" business is covered as it is everywhere, and there are the obligatory breed specific blurbs, but when it comes to the real getting up and doing the stuff, it falls well below the mark. For instance, some on the leash 'figure eight' move that would be a real effort for a motor/direction impaired person like me, is merely a bad picture and a few lines. They couldn't really have intended you to do it. I have found that when it comes to directions with dogs, people are pretty dense, or like me, lazy and unmotivated. People take a long time to grasp the main idea as in keeping them in the crate or a small area until they are completely trained. That seems quite simple, however, with the average people attention span and ability to follow directions, I have observed, (as I am also on an internet dog training E-letter,) a breakdown in human cognition with regard to this most universal and simple rule. Perhaps these authors are wise to that group of reading non-doers of which I am one, and have generated a book just for us as though, it were a cookbook or Gourmet Magazine. Even so, there are better reads, and your dog may even, by fluke, benefit from a wiser purchase. ... Read more


    10. Horse Anatomy, A Coloring Atlas
    by Robert A. Kainer, Robert A., DVM Kainer
    list price: $34.95
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    Asin: 1577790219
    Catlog: Book (1998-11-01)
    Publisher: Alpine Publications, Inc.
    Sales Rank: 107062
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    This unique anatomy text contains 81 detailed drawings of parts of the horse, with accompanying descriptions. It invites the reader to color in the parts being described to provide a reinforced learning experience. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars perfectly simple
    The coloring atlas of horse anatomy is a wonderful tool for the study and understanding of the horse anatomy. It is presented to the viewer in a form of simplicity but at the same time with unmatchable professionalism and details, evidently the author has a great respect, knowledge and understanding of the noble animal and the viewer as well. The atlas is easily approachable by the first time student for its easy and clear graphical and illustrative format. The idea of "do it yourself" it's great. Coloring the components of the horse anatomy while studying it helps the anatomist to impress the subject in his/her mind with remarkable and undeleting results. One of his kind. Without any doubt necessary for a serious study of the horse anatomy. ... Read more


    11. The Cautious Canine
    by Patricia B. McConnell
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    Asin: 1891767003
    Catlog: Book (1998-06-01)
    Publisher: Dog's Best Friend, Ltd.
    Sales Rank: 2826
    Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars
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    So much aggression in dogs results from fear, but fear-based problems can become worse if treated incorrectly. This booklet provides a step-by step explanation of desensitizing and counter classical conditioning. It can help you solve minor behavioral problems and prevent serious ones, whether your dog fears include the vacuum cleaner, people with hats, or the stranger at the door. The oh-so-important details related to identifying exactly what triggers your dog, creating a step-by-step treatment plan, monitoring your progress, and why you need to treat the fear and not just your dog's reaction to the fear are covered. This book is on the top ten of the Dogwise book catalog and has helped thousands of dogs and their owners around the country. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Practical, Workable Advice--it doesn't get better than this!
    This is one of the finest little gems in the dog behavior world--a practical, step-by-step guide to help desensitize and modify unwanted responses, while building confidence in your dog. This book's advice is the very same approach I used to take my juvenile delinquent dog from a problem child to the National Service Dog of the Year. I buy copies of this book and give them out constantly. If your dog has reactivity problems--for whatever reason, this is a book that will change your dog's life.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Well written & easy to understand ...
    Fortunately, there are very few overtly aggressive dogs, most dogs act aggressively because they are fearful ...

    Unfortunately though, the bite from an aggressive dog and one from a nervous dog are equally painful, and often attract the same dire consequences ...

    This is a great booklet that teaches us how to manage a nervous or cautious canine ...

    First, the author shows us how to identify our dog's fear ... and then the author teaches us (step-by-step) how classical re-conditioning can help to reduce such fear ... in a gentle and effective manner.

    Often the biggest barrier to effective training, is our own lack of clarity as to what is required of us as trainers ...

    But the short chapters and the step-by-step format used by the author makes everything so very clear and easy to understand ... And just as helpful, the author also provides suggesttions, when a particular step does not achieve that intended ...

    All in all, a useful booklet ...

    5-0 out of 5 stars nice little booklet
    This isn't really a "book" per se, but more of a booklet. It IS filled to the very last page with great information for owners of shy or aggressive dogs. My puppy was a bit shy (not a biter, though, thank goodness), and I used some of the tips in this little book and, lo and behold, I now have a much more confident, happy dog. He still won't walk up to a complete stranger for petting, but he's a lot more tolerant of them coming a little closer without cowering behind my legs. I absolutely recommend this!

    5-0 out of 5 stars concise, practical, informative, and very helpful
    I knew there would be a lot of baggage involved when I adopted a young greyhound who had been neglected, starved, and beaten prior to rescue. Although his fear did not make him agressive it did pose problems with daily activities: loud sounds, anyone walking behind him on the street, men, angry voices on TV, the clicking sounds from soda cans, cameras, or ball-point pens, anything remotely shaped like a stick...the list of things that completely paralized him went on and on.

    My sister, who is active in Aussie rescue, suggested this booklet (she was coping with a rescued fear-biter at the time). The suggestions in this book enabled us both to help our very different animals blossom into the confident, well-mannered, loving, envy-inspiring dogs they are today.

    Of special help to me was understanding that 'comforting' behaviour on my part just gave my dog the certainty that there really was something to worry about. As soon as I changed that he began to act less anxious. When rescued he was never supposed to be allowed to be an only dog because of his nervous anxiety and self-destructive coping methods. So when my elder grey passed some months back we worried about regression. Thanks to this booklet he is more happy, playful, and calm than ever before. He even lies tummy-up on the grass a few feet away as my husband swings his golf clubs and works on his game. His utter indifference to a big stick was something I never imagined possible and would never have happened without the wisdom in this little booklet.

    Thank you, Ms. McConnell!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good info
    Just be aware that this is a small booklet, and not an actual book. It surprised me when it arrived in the mail since I was expecting a soft bound book. The information is helpful, but I could certainly benefit from a larger compilation of examples and tips. ... Read more


    12. Puppies for Dummies
    by SarahHodgson
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    Asin: 0764552554
    Catlog: Book (2000-05-22)
    Publisher: For Dummies
    Sales Rank: 17590
    Average Customer Review: 3.77 out of 5 stars
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    Arguably, there is no animal in the world that can offer you the amount of unconditional devotion as a dog. The period of puppyhood can be the toughest and most delightful era in your dog’s life. Each puppy, as it grows into doghood, faces – and sees – the world in different and unique ways. Some puppies thrive on human interaction; others prefer an independent lifestyle. Some love the general mayhem that small children create; others find the commotion less thrilling. Your puppy will grow up to be your friend, keeper, and voice.

    Puppies For Dummies is for anyone interested in exploring this momentous era in a dog’s life. Whether you already have a puppy curled at your feet (or chewing at your shoelaces), or if you’re still in the thinking-about-it stage, this clearly written and easy-to-understand guide will help you to

    • Choose the perfect puppy
    • Raise a well-mannered, happy puppy
    • Housetrain your puppy quickly and effectively
    • Provide proper puppy care and nutrition
    • Keep peace between kids and puppies

    Find out how to create a lasting relationship between your puppy and you. Explore different training methods to fit your puppy’s needs. Puppies For Dummies also covers the following topics and more:

    • Finding a puppy that fits your lifestyle
    • Where to get your puppy
    • Shopping for puppy supplies
    • The five stages of development
    • Teaching your pup some control and manners
    • Ensuring the fitness and health of your puppy
    • Fun games and tricks

    Having a puppy and experiencing it grow up to be full-grown dog is an amazing journey that will never be forgotten. With a focus on behavior and relationship, this book will show you everything you need to know about your puppy so that it will grow up to be a healthy, playful, and well-mannered dog. ... Read more

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    2-0 out of 5 stars You can do better
    If you want a book that lays a guilt trip on you because you feed your puppy anything less than holistic food (that you can nibble on yourself in an emergency!)or because you allow your baby to play satanic tug-of-war or wrestling games, then you might like this book, but I doubt that you'll like your puppy. I'm a new puppy owner, and found much in here frustrating -- she doesn't talk much about crate training, for instance, because it makes her cry to see a dog in a cage, so she suggests you just tie your pup to yourself all day. Do yourself a favor: the information in How to Raise a Puppy You Can Live With is far more helpful and complete, and the writing in The Art of Raising a Puppy is far more readable and enlightening. I can't vouch for the other puppy books, but the two books I mentioned are worth your time and money; this one is, well, for dummies.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A solid reference for positive reinforcement training
    After getting a puppy in December, I picked up this book, hoping it would provide me with information on just what I needed to do to have a happy, healthy, well-trained dog. Happily, it does. Covering just about every aspect of dealing with a puppy, I've already started using some of the information in the book. The index is well organized as well, making it easy to look up information as necessary.

    Now, if only the puppy were as user friendly! *grin*

    2-0 out of 5 stars Don't Even Bother...
    Okay, the book did have some pretty cool pointers and techniques. But the bottom line is...the lady tells you to ignore your puppy! Throughout the whole book all she talks about is ignore your puppy if he does this, ignore your puppy if he does that... C'mon! They need to feel some love too! It didn't go into detail about a single aspect of puppy training...well for the exeption of ignoring the pup that is! Basically, I feel like it was just a super long summary of raising an ignored puppy. Kind of sad actually...

    1-0 out of 5 stars not that helpful
    This book tends to over simplify everything. It speeds through many areas that you really need information about and trys to cover everything about puppies which is impossible.

    If you want an overview book, pick it up. if your looking for targeted info on how to train your puppy move on.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great for new owners
    I recommend this book for all new owners of dogs. Sarah explains everything simply and quickly with lots of humor. One lady told me she had no time to read a book, her elementary school daughter read the book first (and then she did). ... Read more


    13. John Lyons' Bringing Up Baby: 20 Progressive Ground-Work Lessons to Develop Your Young Horse into a Reliable, Accepting Partner
    by John Lyons, Jennifer J. Denison, Primedia Equine Network, Trafalgar Square
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    Asin: 1929164122
    Catlog: Book (2002-10-01)
    Publisher: Primedia Equine Network
    Sales Rank: 13332
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    An outstanding manual for training young horses by America’s most trusted horseman, featuring 178 step–by–step color photos. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Starter Book
    I bought this book when I bred and raised my first baby. It's been really helpful and has given me a great place to start. I haven't been able to use all the techniques because my baby broke his leg right after he was weaned. Does John Lyons have an alternative for round penning? Can you gain the respect of your horse without one? E-mail me if you have any answers. I'm especially interested in a response from Mr. Lyons himself. ChevauxRanch@hotmail.com
    Also, by the imprinting book by Miller. These two books together can help you raise any horse :-)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great (as long as you buy it before you get the horse)
    I bought this with my yearling in mind. Sad to say alot ofit is of no help to me anymore seeing as how he already knows how to lead , tie, bath and trailer. However, I wish I had it before I got him. I love the way the book is divided into weanling and yearling Chapters. Also, the book is thin and concise, which is really what you need when you want to just get a quick problem solver when you're at the barn. The progression on the lessons is perfect and also helps to check and make sure you're moving along fast enough. Even though my baby already completed alot of these life lessons I looked at the techniques anyway and found them to be very agreeable. None of them included anything rough or mean. This is not the typical horse breaking. ... Read more


    14. Dr. Pitcairn's Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats
    by Richard H. Pitcairn, Susan Hubble Pitcairn
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    Asin: 0875962432
    Catlog: Book (1995-06-15)
    Publisher: Rodale Books
    Sales Rank: 3392
    Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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    A classic natural pet-care book from two celebrated veterinary specialists in chemical-free nutrition, treatment, and natural healing for pets, Dr. Pitcairn's Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats offers valuable natural and holistic advice on a host of pet topics, including, but not limited to, diet, exercise, environment, coping with a pet's death, and how to care for a sick animal. In addition to their thorough discussion of the above, Richard Pitcairn, D.V.M., and his wife, Susan Hubble Pitcairn, M.S., offer a comprehensive "quick reference" section on animal illnesses, organized alphabetically and including a brief description of each illness, preventative measures that may be taken, and holistic and natural treatment options for both dogs and cats--treatments that should always be discussed with one's vet before being used. Occasional line drawings, informative graphs, and the Pitcairn's intelligent prose make this guide a must-have for pet owners interested in a natural lifestyle for their pets. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Valuable Book for Your Home Library
    I highly recommend this book. The information is invaluable and the subject is presented in easy-to-understand English (not filled with technical and medical jargon). Dr. Pitcairn covers just about every major aspect of your dog's/cat's general and nutritional health. I did not receive the impression that Pitcairn was advocating a complete switch to home-cooked foods versus manufactured kibble or you would put your dog at risk. Most of the animals he presents as case studies were elderly or chronically sick to begin with and had nothing to lose. He merely points out that nutrion is the foundation for good health and our dogs and cats are often being compromised in this due to the nutrional choices we make for them. I purchased this book mainly so I could enhance my own Cairn Terrier's super-premium kibble with tasty and nutritious additions that would further optimize her food. Let's face it, most premium foods opt for good nutrition over gourmet taste. I asked my vet but he had no recommendations. Dog and Cat owners should be careful. Very few vets today have any great understanding about the pet food industry because it is not covered during their studies. I was shocked to learn that the pet foods offered for sale in my vet's office were there because the manufacturer rents the space from him and places the products on the shelves. That is the reason this book is so important. The chapters on flea control, weight problems, and general topics like spay and neutering, and even the death of your animal were a truly pleasant surprise. Every dog or cat owner should have this book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent, common sense approach to caring for your pet.
    I love my dog and have always been concerned about the chemicals, dyes and other additives found in most commercial dog foods. I have talked to many veterinarians who are unconcerned about the rancid meat scraps, etc. that are put into kibble. Although I have found a product containing no chemical additives, I still felt guilty about feeding my dog something that I wouldn't expect a person to be able to live on. I have read many books on dog health, and was not impressed by any of them. Then I read Dr. Pitcairn's book. It was intelligent, well written and made perfect sense. The only inhibition I had about starting a natural diet for my dog was the cost. I'm a graduate student and money is tight. However, I started supplementing my dog's kibble with Pitcairn's suggested recepies. She is bouncing and playing like a puppy, her teeth are cleaner and her coat has gone from dull to shiny. I am so impressed by the changes I've seen, I have decided to eliminate the kibble entirely. Feeding my dog a natural food diet is much easier and less expensive than I thought. I have already extolled the virtues of this book to all of my dog owning friends and would highly recommend it to anyone who cares about the health of their animal. A wonderful book!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fabulous! Truly, fabulous!
    This is THE book on natural pet care, referenced in so many, many books written after this one. Pitcairn's writing is easy to understand, his ideas simple to grasp. One need not have prior knowledge in natural care to appreciate this book. And, this book is wonderful for the expert as well. A holistic vet I met recommended I read this book, and I'm sooo glad I did. Hope you'll read it too.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Immense help for dogs or cats
    I used the powders and oils described in an earlier version of this book for my GSD Abbey, crippled by a "degenerative spinal condition" according to her vet. Her hind legs crossed and her back swayed as she walked with difficulty. Disinterested in eating, she wolfed down her dinner the day I added the powders and oils to her diet. She then recovered to the extent of catching and killing -- horrors! -- squirrels in a park. (She was fine with other dogs, thank heavens. She just wanted to be "it" and herd them! She also "wanted" a cat of her own. Chris, when he arrived, knew he was boss, of course.) I also wormed a dog successfully, using this book. I used the diets for cats for a street cat Belle that I rescued, riddled with cancer and dying. Dr. Pitcairn's were the only diets she would eat. I feel the diets prolonged her life considerably.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Reference Book to Have Around
    This book's diet portion uses LOTS of grains, so if you feed raw diets with little or no grains, you will probably NOT find the recipes useful.

    The health portion of this book is incredibly useful. My copy is dog-eared, highlighted, and a little bit puppy-chewed. It contains both herbal and homeopathic treatments for many common (and some not so common) pet ailments, and also tells you prevention measures.

    The successes I've had with some of the treatments in this book have even amazed my vet.

    I have dogs, but I've heard many people complain that too many books are "dog-centered." This one seems to have JUST as much info on cats, including separate recipes and treatments. Most health problems have bold headings for the separate treatments, so cat-only people don't have to read through all the dog solutions, etc.

    There's a pretty good index, some illustrations, lots of charts, and I've found the directions to be fairly easy to follow. I do not SOLELY rely on this book, but it will always have a place on my bookshelf. ... Read more


    15. The Dog Whisperer: A Compassionate, Nonviolent Approach to Dog Training
    by Paul Owens, Norma Eckroate
    list price: $10.95
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    Asin: 1580622038
    Catlog: Book (1999-09-01)
    Publisher: Adams Media Corporation
    Sales Rank: 7926
    Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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    The gentle, nonviolent training methods and mysteries of "horse whisperers" have recently enlightened the world's consciousness of nonviolent training methods.

    Now, in The Dog Whisperer, trainer Paul Owens offers a compassionate, nonviolent approach to dog training. His spiritual approach links sound training principles with intuitive and effective insights.

    Owens' compassionate training methods will help you create an emotional bridge to "plug in" and create a deeper bond with your dog than you thought possible. The Dog Whisperer offers a truly humane, revolutionary, and common sense approach to raising and training your dog.

    You will learn:
    * Learn "dog speak" the body language and vocalizations needed to communicate with your dog.
    * How to train your dog without jerking, hitting, kicking, shocking, or shaking
    * How to turn affection, play, toys, praise, and social freedom into powerful rewards.
    * Learn five ways to establish a leadership role so your dog will happily follow your lead.
    * Eliminate behavioral problems such as jumping, barking, and digging.
    * How easy and fun training can be when you use The Nine Ingredients ofReward-Based Dog Training and turn affection, play, toys, praise, and social freedom into powerful rewards. ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Worth Wading Through, but don't expect much
    I am thrilled that someone wrote a book encouraging us to think of our dogs in terms of friend and companion rather than demanding absolute submission. Although my biggest issue was that I felt that too much emphasis was placed on deep breathing exercises (a whole chapter + on that!) .

    While the author encourages responsibility in the methods of training, he seems to allow the dog owner to be less resposible than they should in terms of results. He recommends you ignore bad behavior when possible. We all know that doesn't really work. You can't have a bad dog in the average city-- they'll get put to sleep, they'll get hurt, you'll get in trouble with your neighbors, the dog just continues on happily in the behavior. I just felt that there wasn't much emphasis put on really being able to save your dog's life with a command and being ablet o make them welcomed members of society. I wouldn't be asking for good behaviors if the bad ones would be okay to ignore!

    I believe there is something good to be said for many of his training philosophies, especially the concept of 10,000 rewards. That's a wonderfully useful tool. I upped my antie a bit and got a way better response from my dog.

    I disagree with the use of gentle leaders most of the time. They can cause neck problems and some dogs hate them so much it's constant mental anguish for them and like being reprimanded the whole time. Please do some research on gentle leaders before buying one for your dog.

    Overall, this a fine enough book if you don't use it as the only source of information and don't feel too guilty if you need to use another method for some things that your dog is having problems with. While the author is way off into the holistic approach for my tastes, I got several good tidbits from his ideas.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Too much information on the "proper" diet for dogs
    About a forth of the book explains proper nutrition for dogs. The author recommends cooking "human" foods for your dog. If I followed the diet recommended in the book, my dogs would be eating better than me!!

    I found the rest of the book to be a repeat of information that was learned in obedience class. The classes my dogs took were reward based nonviolent training classes. Choke chains and pronged collars were not allowed. Gentle Leaders (Promise collars) were suggested but not mandatory.

    This would be a good book for someone who is serious about using a nonviolent approach (the best approach) to train a dog and does not have access to a nonviolent, reward based obedience class. If you have access to a reward based obedience class, I would recommend taking the class as opposed to using this book. This is a good book, but should not replace taking a class (especially if you have never taken a dog to an obedience class).

    Amy
    "I'd be happy to have my biography be the stories of my dogs. To me, to live without dogs would mean accepting a form of blindness." - Thomas McGuane

    5-0 out of 5 stars A library must have
    I love this book- and call it a mandatory for those
    who really want a well-behaved dog... stress free.
    Buy it today!!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Yes, that's right, but also consider ...
    As an owner and trainer of many dogs and cats, and as a person whose Ph.D. is partly psychology-based, I loved this book, but ...

    The problem is that it best fits the person with ideal patience and ideal time-availability. It also best fits the person who does not have a very large, strong, determined, alpha-willed dog. There's really no secret here; education of animals (and people) includes both reward of desired behavior and negative reinforcement of unwanted behavior. It also depends in part on the genetic predisposition of the individual being trained. If there is enough time, and the dog is not a strong-willed alpha personality, working only with positive reinforcement can be effective. But many dog owners just don't have enough time, and some dogs are genetically aggressive, naturally domineering and stubbornly (even manipulatively) willful. My experience with dogs indicates that a few negative reinforcers are sometimes useful, and need not be harmful to the dog. For example, prong or choke callers need not be used harshly, but with dogs such as my 100 lb. male Bull Mastiff the extra control can sometimes be helpful because of his pulling strength and the toughness of his "bull" neck as he suddenly lunges after a bird or squirrel, etc.

    The book's insightful comments on developmental psychology, explaining aspects of canine emotional and cognitive maturation at different ages are, alone, worth the book's price. Dogs, like children, best learn certain attitudes and behaviors during growth periods that occur at specific ages which the author outlines. He mentions, for example, that dogs are especially sensitive to negative input from eight to ten weeks of age, which is due to the type of brain development that occurs at this age. The author explains that negative-conditioning mistakes that occur at this age often require months or years to attempt to undo. Those of us who have adopted dogs that experienced unfortunate treatment during that age know that these "childhood" experiences in dogs often leave lasting behavioral scars that sometimes barely, if at all, can be undone.

    Overall, this is an outstanding book, but the methods recommended work best for people with lots of time for patient training, and with dogs of relatively cooperative temperament.

    5-0 out of 5 stars No other way to train
    As far as I am concerned, there is no other way to raise and train a dog. Hopefully you don't own a shock, choke, pinch or prong collar, but if you do, throw it away and order this book! This gentle, effective training method concerns the whole dog, not just a behaviour issue! I've trained all my dogs this way and I own two obedience (yes obd trials without aversive training!)and agility champions! ... Read more


    16. A PocketExpert Guide to Marine Invertebrates: 500+ Essential-to-Know Aquarium Species
    by Ronald L. Shimek
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    Asin: 1890087661
    Catlog: Book (2005-02-15)
    Publisher: Microcosm Ltd
    Sales Rank: 15308
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Following in the wake of the hugely popular PocketExpert Guide to Marine Fishes is this eagerly awaited title in the Microcosm/T.F.H Professional Series. Interest in marine invertebrates is exploding as saltwater fishkeeping technology makes it ever easier to sustain these environments in home aquaria, and A PocketExpert Guide to Marine Invertebrates is the ultimate reference for these "hooked" hobbyists. The book is a compact, fact-filled guide for recognizing and keeping a host of beautiful and bizarre invertebrates- shrimps, crabs, corals, anemones, sea stars, clams, snails, sponges, ornamental worms, and many others. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Quick Reference
    This book is excellent for what it is - a quick reference guide. Do not expect to see the detail you would find in larger volumes focusing on specific genera or species of animals. However, to help identify see basic care and compatibility information and aid in setup and purchase decisions, this book is worth every penny.

    Many authors divide volumes confusing and annoying customers as they will classify anemones, corals, mushroom corals, and invertebrates differently. This covers the lot. Don't expect to see everything in endless detail. However, you won't be upset if buying this as a first reference for selection or as a complement to an existing and extensive collection.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Finally!!
    I've been waiting for this book for well over a year. So glad it's finally here! It is an excellent companion to Scott Michael's "Marine Fishes" handbook. It's a handy, easily carried reference to take to the LFS or use in planning. The key info is there. The pix are nice enough. I think that coral fans would be best off with a separate corals book. As a big fan of echinoderms, I would have preferred a broader selection of these. You cannot rely on this book to identify all but the very most common stars. I have 3 seastars and several serpent/brittle stars in my tanks that are not pictured here.

    I also had to chuckle at his deadpan wit. Regarding the Blue-Ringed Octopus: "The rewards of octopus husbandry can be had without selecting one that can kill you." Regarding Fish-Eating Cone Snails: "If you are stung by one of these snails, there is a very good chance you will die."

    5-0 out of 5 stars TOTAL INFORMATION
    truly exceptional book ,It is well organized,The pictures and illustrations are excellent,This book is a must have for anyone who wants to know more about marine inverts .

    5-0 out of 5 stars When will it arrive?
    I'm so looking foward to this book, but wondering if it will ever be here.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Is this even published yet?
    I ordered this book on June 25 and it's been delayed and delayed.Now the shipping date for my order is Sept. 30 - Oct. 14.Why does the web page still say it ships in 1 to 2 weeks? ... Read more


    17. Horse Owner's Veterinary Handbook
    by James M.Giffin, TomGore
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    Asin: 0876056060
    Catlog: Book (2002-04-09)
    Publisher: Howell Book House
    Sales Rank: 4645
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    This best-selling reference has been completely revised and updated by two outstanding professionals who know how to communicate the veterinary information nonprofessionals need to maintain their horse's health. Doctors James Giffin and Tom Gore address such basic health-care and management issues as the latest medicines and immunizations, wounds, illnesses, parasites, nutrition and supplements, and reproduction. Just inside the covers, the horse owner can easily access the index of Signs and Symptoms, since responding quickly to an emergency can literally mean the life or death of a horse. Anyone who looks after a horse—whether owner, trainer or groom—can rely on this authoritative book to get them through emergencies and well as routine events. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Serious Equine Health Care Reference
    As a first-horse owner, this text was a whole lot more than I needed or wanted to know. For the horse owner who is serious about learning as much as possible about health care problems and how to treat these problems themselves, the book is a winner and probably unique. However, for someone who likes to rely on his/her vet for anything more than the usual maintenance procedures (deworming, treating minor cuts, etc.) and doesn't foresee giving his/her horse injections and the like or treating fairly serious illnesses, a less complete book would be sufficient and much less daunting. Probably an excellent reference for students of equine health and for those who would like to become vets themselves one day.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Detailed information
    I find this to be the most detailed veterinary guide, short of buying a veterinary encyclopedia. Of the several I own, most are very general and have a lot of "ask you veterinarian for a course of action." This one tells you the most common treatments so you know what to expect. I go back to my dog-eared copy all the time. As I back-yard breeder, I like Giffin's veterinary breeder's guide, too.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This book has helped my grades in all my horse classes..
    Great book!! four hooves way up.. I have a equine science classes and I use this book for research and just to help me better understand the problems and cures for horse problems... Its like a horse vet bible.. easy to read with great pictures..

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very good book to add to any horse collection!
    This is a good book to keep handy. Has the quick reference for those emergencies and the little things that you just need to watch for. ... Read more


    18. Living With Blind Dogs: A Resource Book and Training Guide for the Owners of Blind and Low-Vision Dogs,Second Edition
    by Caroline D. Levin
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    Asin: 0967225345
    Catlog: Book (2004-02)
    Publisher: Lantern Pubns
    Sales Rank: 43835
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    "Living With Blind Dogs," now in its second edition, is the only published resource book on this topic. It embodies helpful hints from hundreds of blind-dog owners, as well as years of ophthalmic nursing, veterinary, and dog training experiences. Both the veterinary community and dog owners alike continue to praise this text, in which Levin successfully answers the common question: "What do I do now?"

    This revised edition contains all the topics covered in the first edition, such as: Dealing with feelings of loss and grief, how dogs react to blindness, conditions that cause blindness and how they progress, genetics, pack issues, training concepts, new skills, helpful hints to negotiate the house, yard, and community, toys, games, and suppliers/resources.

    This revised edition also includes numerous new sections and chapters: Dogs both blind and deaf, dogs blind from birth, white canes and other devices, circling behaviors, changes in barking patterns, dealing with cats, giving eye drops, traveling and camping with a blind dog, adding another dog to the pack, dry eye syndrome, VKH, and new findings on PRA and SARD. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The best thing you can do for your blind dog!
    Your best friend has just lost his eyesight. You are devastated. Your dog is depressed and confused. Your primary care vet hands you off to an opthalmologist. The opthalmologist speaks in a strange tongue, medical-ese, and gives you treatment options you don't understand. You are worried about quality of life and may even be considering euthanasia.
    Sit! Stay! Read this book.
    Caroline Levin explains SARDS, cataracts, glaucoma, progressive retinal atrophy, dry eye, and many more conditions which lead to blindness or reduced vision. And she does it in plain English. You will learn new training techniques and commands which will help you and your best friend get back to the most important part of your relationship - LIVING! There's a good reason Caroline put that word in the title of her book. Blind dogs can, and DO, live happy, useful, rewarding lives!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Thank goodness for this book
    When our dog Annabel went blind, we didn't know how to help her. She was severely depressed and unable to cope, bumping into things, getting disoriented, going to the toilet inside, sleeping a lot, moping, etc.

    I followed the advice in this book, and within two weeks, Annabel was able to negotiate her way around the house, find her bowl and water, get up and down the stairs and go to the toilet outside.

    Within two more, I was walking with her in the park, and within another month, I could take her pretty much anywhere.

    I simply added some extra commands when out walking: "up" for a little step, "ready, up" for a big step; "down" for a little step down, "drop" for a big step down; "turn" with a lead tug to indicate direction. Together with commands she already knew, "stop", "cross the road" (which means trot quickly), "OK", which means go, it gave us all the tools we needed.

    We'd be out in the streets, crossing busy roads, sitting in cafes, negotiating crowds and she was fine (as long as the crowds weren't too thick). We'd also take her into the country, along beaches, bush tracks, up hills etc.

    People often couldn't tell that she was blind because she looked as though she was doing everything herself. Ocassionally she'd need a little reassurance, a bit of a pat, and then off she'd go again.

    The key to this was making sure that she got the command *before* she was expected to do it, so that she didn't find the drop or step before I gave her the instruction. That way she learned to trust my commands, and to relax enough so that she wasn't always worried about tripping or bumping into things.

    As soon as she could go on long walks again, her enjoyment of life increased, her depression lifted and life was worth living again for her.

    She even got to the point where I could let her off the lead in a safe place, because she trusted me enough to keep her safe. She'd wander about, sniffing things, doing dog stuff, and I'd just watch to make sure she was OK. She loved this so much! A little taste of freedom.

    It made all the difference to her final two years of life. I strongly recommend this book for anyone with a blind dog.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This book made the difference.
    My Samantha died recently at the age of 18-1/2. Because of this book her last years were happy and comfortable. When I realized she was losing her sight, I began to look for ways to help her adjust. I found this book and it gave us tips on how to help her live a good life in spite of her handicap. When she could no longer see at all, we had prepared the way and she still went on her walks, enjoyed her home and yard and lived a happy old doggie life. A MUST IF YOU HAVE A DOG WITH ANY KIND OF VISION DIFFICULTIES

    5-0 out of 5 stars This book helped us see
    I don't have a great way with words, but I want to give praise to Caroline Levin for writing this book. When our dog "Cotton" was diagnosed with SARDS and then Cushings Disease, we were devastated. This all happened in a period of just a few weeks. With a sick dog, from too much Lysodren (the medication for Cushings), a blind dog (who could not distinguish between light and dark), and a depressed dog (who now could not navigate stairs, find the door, food, toys or distinguish sounds), we felt we had nowhere to turn.

    On the Internet we found this book and its author. We did order the book directly from the publisher and thank God for being able to do that. Cotton is doing great and we are all benefiting from this book. Everyone who has a dog with low vision or blindnes should have it. Every veternarian should have copies of this for their patients to read.

    Caroline Levin gives such indepth information about the causes for blindness and such well explained instructions for retraining your dog in ways that work. Cotton, in less than two weeks, finds her bowl, is entertaining herself, wags her tail, and feels secure again about going down and up the stairs. There are so many things in this book that are going to continue to help us in the days to come.

    If your dog is blind, please read this book. It saved us from continuing to let our "Cotton" suffer from the depression she was feeing. We feel we have our dog back.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Friendly rebuttal to previous reviewer
    I have read this book and felt compelled to respond to comments in the review below.

    This is an excellent book and I highly recommend it to anyone who has a dog with vision problems. It *is* available directly from the publisher.

    In the beginning of the book, there is a section that explains how many people experience strong feelings of grief when their dog is diagnosed blind. It explains that one of the most common reactions is anger. This book will help both the dog and dog owner adjust to the best quality of life possible. ... Read more


    19. Cold Noses at the Pearly Gates
    by Gary Kurz
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    Asin: 0966611705
    Catlog: Book (1997-05-01)
    Publisher: Cold Noses
    Sales Rank: 4162
    Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Full of Hope, Comfort and Spiritually uplifting!
    Cold Noses at The Pearly Gates was a Godsend! When my beloved Casey passed away I was devastated. My mind was consumed with thoughts of him and unanswerable questions. All the other books I read left me wondering where is Casey now and will I ever see him again. This book answered my questions with understanding and insight based on diligent research. It provided me with spiritual uplift and a sense of relief. I now have real hope that one day I will be reunited with my best friend. It was obvious that he cares a great deal for animals and understands the pain a person goes through when they lose their precious friend. The true stories of animals he included helped me recall special memories. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book to anyone who has suffered the lost of a beloved pet.

    5-0 out of 5 stars My Help In Time Of Need
    "Cold Noses At The Pearly Gates" is an excellent book.From this book I learned that when my furry pet child passed on,he went to heaven.I learned that God has created all things and that everything He created, He considered it very good,and takes care of all His creation. I learned how important creatures really are in God's eyes.This book also deals with how animals communicate and the importance of life.I learned that we will see our pets again if we understand God's plan for mankind, which is explained in this great book.There is also a section to help you when you're ready to adopt another pet, and some humorous stories to help you in your grief.As I read this book, it was as though,someone else had walked this path that I was walking--the path of hurt,emptiness and lonliness from losing your beloved furry pet child. The one thing I took refuge in was the fact that there were Bible verses to go along with what was said, and as I looked up the verses myself, I found them to be in context and in truth. Cold Noses At The Pearly Gates is now an added collection of the many different books in my library.
    I highly recommend this book to anyone who is searching for answers about pet loss and is also looking for easy reading material with sound Biblical Scripture verses.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
    I purchased this book that I might receive some comfort for the loss of my precious pet and some assurance for afterlife for my present cat someday. I received neither of these as the author rambles on and on about nothing most of the time, cites only a few scriptures in which he doesn't have much opinion on, and leaves me with no hope for animal afterlife. I've read a few other books on the subject and the best one I've found is "There Is Eternal Life For Animals" by Niki Behrikis Shanahan. This book details scores of Bible Scriptures that show how much God loves ALL of His creation and proves from these Scriptures that they WILL be in heaven. Most people want proof from the Bible rather than some person's opinion on the subject.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book--Very comforting! Highly recommended
    When I had to put my dog down due to Cancer, I was so depressed, and a friend told me about this book, I thank God that I got this book, If I could sum it up in 3 words..VERY WELL WRITTEN! Gary uses Bible references in the book, even if you are not religious I would sill recommend this book, Its such a comfort after losing a pet! Gary is a wonderful man, he even emailed me a couple times to see how I was doing! I really recommend this book to anyone who Loves animals, and who may have a hole in your heart after saying good bye to a pet.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Comforting but slightly flawed
    This is a wonderful book for any pet owner who has lost ther beloved companion animal. But the theology is a little off. No, make that WAY, way off. My advice is to read the book with a grain of salt and when there is a biblical referance (and there are many) read the entire chapter of the bible from which the reference came. Do dogs really go to heaven? Well of course they do. They have kinder souls than most humans (as do cats, birds, ferets etc.) but not necessarily for the reasons this author states. After reading this book you must also ask yourself ... do New York City subway rats go to heaven? Do rattlesnakes who have killed humans go to heaven? Do spiders and frogs go to heaven? This book is a great springboard for lots of debates and many discussions. ... Read more


    20. Clicking With Your Dog: Step-By-Step in Pictures
    by Peggy Tillman
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    Asin: 189094808X
    Catlog: Book (2001-09-01)
    Publisher: Sunshine Books (MA)
    Sales Rank: 34195
    Average Customer Review: 4.76 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    Clicker Training: Step-by-Step In Pictures.Teach you dog the friendly, easy way to sit to greet people, walk on a leash without pulling, come when called, stay home alone quietly, find the right place to "go" and play hide and seek and other fun games and tricks. ... Read more

    Reviews (17)

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Book We've Been Waiting For!
    It took me five minutes of looking through "Clicking with Your Dog" to realize it's the book we've been dreaming of for our clients. Moments later we'd already ordered 100 copies.

    This book gets the average American started on the right foot with clicker training. It doesn't bog down the people who "just want to know how to do it" yet directs those of us who can't get enough to further information. It provides excellent guidance to children who are beginning to train and communicate with their dogs. I can only hope 4-H training groups will make it their manual.

    The majority of owners who come to see us for assistance with their pet's behavior problems leave with a clicker in their hand. Now they'll be leaving with a clicker in one hand and "Clicking with Your Dog" in the other hand.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Book We've Been Waiting For!
    It took me 5 minutes upon opening Clicking with Your Dog to realize it was the book we've been dreaming of for our clients. Five minutes later we'd already ordered 100 copies.

    This book gets the average American started on the right foot with clicker training. It doesn't bog down the people who "just want to know how to do it" yet directs those of us who can't get enough to further information.

    This book is also excellent for children to get started training and communicating with their dogs. I can only hope 4-H training groups will make it their "training manual".

    The majority of owners who come to see us for assistance with their pet's behavior problem leave with a clicker in their hand. They will now be leaving with a clicker in one hand and Clicking with Your Dog in the other hand.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Book We've Been Waiting For!
    It took me five minutes of looking through "Clicking with Your Dog" to realize it's the book we've been dreaming of for our clients. Moments later we'd already ordered 100 copies.

    This book gets the average American started on the right foot with clicker training. It doesn't bog down the people who "just want to know how to do it" yet directs those of us who can't get enough to further information. It provides excellent guidance to children who are beginning to train and communicate with their dogs. I can only hope 4-H training groups will make it their manual.

    The majority of owners who come to see us for assistance with their pet's behavior problems leave with a clicker in their hand. Now they'll be leaving with a clicker in one hand and "Clicking with Your Dog" in the other hand.

    5-0 out of 5 stars clicking is soooooooo easy now!!!!!!!!
    this is the best book on dog clicker training ever. It will be the first and last book that you will read! now all you will need is the clicker. ( got mine at petco for $1.20 other places had the for 5.00-15.00.)i highly reccomend this book.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A Great book for the Clicking Beginner!
    Peggy Tillman's book is a great starter book for someone who is new to clicker training. Tillman sets out her book in a very simple and easy to read fashion. If you're looking for a good book on the basics of clicker training, you could do a lot worse than to purchase this book.

    The only "beef" I have with this book is that sometimes it overdoes the simplicity. For example, the illustrations are almost too basic - they seem to be designed for a child! The idea of the illustrations seems to be that you don't have to read any of the book, rather you can just look at the pictures. However, with something like clicker training you really need to READ and understand the principles behind the training, not just look at pictures, so I think the book's intention sort of misses the mark.

    However, I enjoyed the book and would recommend it to clicker beginners! ... Read more


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