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My very first dog was an easy-peasy Border Terrier who just happily blended in with our family. It never even occurred to me to read a book on dog behaviour. I actually had no idea just how ignorant I really was about dogs until I came home with my very first 10 month old Australian Cattle Dog! She had well established dog-aggression issues in ANY location and was so territorial that this also extended to people who weren't part of her pack who came into our home or near our car! Suddenly I needed expert help!
I've spent hundreds of pounds on one-off consultations with expert behaviourists, I've read many excellent books specifically targeted at treating dog aggression, but there was a major gap between the point I was at and the place I needed to be in order to fully understand and implement what was in these books with confidence and accuracy. I needed a lot of hand-holding. I feel that in the 5 years that I've been reading and learning I have come a hell of a long way, but there has been an awful lot of trial and error involved along with the book learning much of which could have been avoided if I'd just been able to start with this book and build from there.
What I feel is so great about this book is that it starts with the basics. It doesn't assume you are already there (which let's face it, most of us really aren't). It gives you an insight into the way our dogs view the world and how to get that working to our advantage. How to avoid an awful lot of the pitfalls that we ignorantly fall into and that ultimately make our job that much harder going forward and how to build a solid relationship with our dogs based on what our dogs actually want and value and not what we assume they should want, but often don't. The tips and exercises in this book will really help you get to know your dog and build a rock-solid relationship with him along with a good grounding of the basic commands.
Having learned a lot the hard way I found myself nodding my head vigorously all the way through as Dom highlighted classic mistakes we've all made and key bits of wisdom which I couldn't agree with more. I also had several light bulb moments which I will take away. I must just emphasise again that I only wish this book had been around when I needed it. It's a book that really holds your hand!
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I've read a lot of dog training books lately and this one is a real stand out.
Practical, helpful, simple to implement advice, with a tongue in cheek manner that is very easy to read or listen to. It doesn't just tell you what to do, but includes a program of when and where to do it. A true gem!
A lot of dog training books recycle the same methodologies, styles and attitudes - this one is refreshingly different. I will be buying copies of this book for my friends. Everyone who has a dog with "issues" should read it!
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