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Where does ComPETability: Solving Behavior Problems in Your Multi-Dog Household rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
One of my favorites! It is chock full of useful information for new dog owners (whether you've got just the one or a whole pack!)
What did you like best about this story?
The information was relevant, detailed, and easily applicable to life with multiple dogs. Even if you only have one dog, it has information you can apply to having your dog get along with others during visits or playdates.
What about Amy Shojai’s performance did you like?
I like when authors read their own writing. It gives the book a whole new dimension.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
I listened to it in the car, but I would suggest listening with a pad of paper and pen so you can jot down the tips and tricks that speak to you the most!
Any additional comments?
The author generously gifted a copy of this book for an honest review. I really enjoyed listening to it and will take a look at purchasing Amy's other books on pet behavior!!
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What did you like best about ComPETability: Solving Behavior Problems in Your Multi-Dog Household? What did you like least?
One thing I very much liked about this book had new concepts that I have not read about in other books. I have probably consumed 20 training and dog behavior books in the last 18 months. Most of the books seem to reword concepts that are covered in previous books. This book seemed to introduce some new training hypothesis and concepts and that was a breath of fresh air.
What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?
The least interesting was this,
“Positive punishment has no place in modern training.” OK sure, Im not going to argue that here. But your example of shaking the couch to get the dog off the couch and saying “earthquake” is Positive Punishment! You add a stimulus -shake couch- (POSITIVE) to reduce getting on couch behavior (PUNISHMENT). “Punishing aggression increases aggression.” You might want to check on that concept. Giving the dog a massage to get him out of an aroused state kind of doesn’t make sense from a behavior modification perspective. Add POS. Reinforcement to stop arousal, is telling the dog to be amped up is OK.
Did ComPETability: Solving Behavior Problems in Your Multi-Dog Household inspire you to do anything?
To be honest I am not inspired by this book. I get clients needed behavior modification training often. They might have already tried some of these purely positively concepts with little success. I am not saying that the concepts are flawed, I’m saying that the reality is that a pet owner will not put in the time, will not be as consistent, and inadvertently reinforce more bad behaviors because they do not have the eye of a trainer. More commonly they will either live with the problem, or rehome the dog. (depending on the severity of the issue of course)
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