The Loved Dog

  • by Tamar Geller, Andrea Cagan
  • Narrated by Renée Raudman
  • 5 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

More than 15 years ago, Tamar Geller began her career as a dog trainer by observing a scientific study of wolves in the wild. She realized that the socialization and parenting techniques they used to raise their cubs were rooted in bonding, communication, and play - not in aggression, dominance, or punishment. If people used these techniques when training their dogs, she realized, there would be no need for prong collars, choke chains, or any kind of physical or verbal aggression. She realized we can make it "fun" for our dogs to listen to us and behave as we want them to.Tamar went on to train the dogs of many celebrities, including Oprah Winfrey, Ben Affleck, Courteney Cox- Arquette, Nicollette Sheridan, Owen Wilson, the Osbournes, and others. Her nonaggressive methods are so revolutionary that the Humane Society of the United States approached her to be a consultant, and she now teaches animal behavior at Pepperdine University. In The Loved Dog, Tamar shows anyone how to childproof a dog, teach him vocabulary, use treats the right way, play "tug of war" to build trust, make it fun for him to come when called, teach him not to jump on people, and much more, using only playful bonding and positive reinforcement.

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What the Critics Say

"The Loved Dog method is nothing short of a revolution. Tamar Geller shows us a pathway beyond punishment, and reminds us that understanding and respect are the key words in dog training in the 21st century. Now these common-sense and humane principles are set out clearly in a single, accessible volume." (Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO, The Humane Society of the United States)

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Customer Reviews

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Maybe better read but a terrible listen

Two hours into this book I was still waiting for something about dog training. Then it just went on with a lot of stories about her own dogs and her encounters with celebrity dogs for what seemed like forever. Heavy on reward/treat reinforcement. Heavily critical of other methods, which I found to be a bit of a turn-off regardless of whether I thought she was right. After listening to her bash her family for the first hour or so of the book, and then go on to bash other trainers/training methods, it just seemed to be a lot of "me! me! me!" Seems to me that if a person has confidence in their technique it should stand alone without having to drag down the competition. As for airing the family's dirty laundry - that had nothing whatsoever to do with dog training, so I don't know what that was supposed to be about, except perhaps to garner sympathy. Didn't work on me. Just made me a little uncomfortable. It may be a better hard copy, where you can just flip past all the filler and drama, and focus on the method, but it wasn't a worthwhile purchase for me at all. Not well written, an abundance of irrelevant material, no new techniques; unless you have no experience with dog obedience at all, you've probably heard/tried all of this before.
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- Leslie

Detailed instructions nicely read!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Loved Dog to be better than the print version?

Yes, since the reader is very nice and because I don't need to read a book, and no, because the detailed instructions are easier to review in a printed book (which I ordered, since I like the book).


What was one of the most memorable moments of The Loved Dog?

Her horrible childhood story which made her motivation for her style of dog-training understandable.


Which character – as performed by Renée Raudman – was your favorite?

The author herself - and the many dogs who sometimes expressed their thoughts/feelings in human words.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Well my extreme reaction was that I listened to it more than 20 times - and will continue to listen to it.


Any additional comments?

Her critique of other trainers are mild and not offensive (as some other reviewers have stated). Her information about dog-mills was new to me and very informative.

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- Jan Erik Sundstrom

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-23-2007
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio