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Secrets to Dog Training
Secrets to Dog Training presents a detailed and thorough look at how to prevent and deal with the common dog behavior problems. As a foster owner of hundreds of animal shelter dogs and cats over the years, I’ve spent a lot of time searching the Net for reliable resources on dog training, and the level of knowledge and detail contained in Secrets to Dog Training is very good for an online book.
Written by a seasoned dog trainer, you know all the tips and advice included are tried and true, and come from real-life experiences as a professional dog trainer. There is also a straight-talking, easy to follow 30-minute downloadable video which provides real-life examples of bad behavior along with solutions and remedies to change them.
There’s a pretty impressive range of information packed into this guide. It’s not just the problem behaviors that are covered: the book starts off with new-owner advice (how to choose a puppy/dog, the best places to get one from, breed information, puppy/dog-proofing your home, the first vet visit, house-training, etc.) and then moves on to the more advanced stuff: behavioral problems (aggression, dominance, chewing, digging, excessive barking, separation anxiety, etc.), intermediate-level obedience commands, health-related dog problems (allergies, cat/dog coexistence, fleas, heatstroke, etc.), and advanced commands and tricks.
The 30-minute downloadable video takes a no-fuss approach to practical solutions for dog obedience issues. It gives insight into a dog’s quest to be the alpha dog and how you can prevent this. Its quick steps to stop bad behaviors such as house-breaking and leash pulling are so simple you can try them out on your dog today.
The Good Parts
Secrets to Dog Training has dedicated an entire section to Dog Whispering: the philosophy of clear communication and mutual respect popularized in recent years by Cesar Millan. It’s becoming increasingly well-known as an alternative and humane method for disciplining and training your dog. Daniel Stevens explains the background of the technique, how to utilize voice and body language to your best advantage, and how to use the technique to calmly, assertively and effectively correct and train your dog. Step-by-step instructions are included for the common commands (sit, down, come, stay, quiet, etc.).
You get a complete and detailed manual on training your dog, preventing and handling behavioral problems, and a whole bunch of general-knowledge tips and advice.
You also get four free bonus books, dealing respectively with advanced house-training How-To’s, troubleshooting, and crate- and paper-training methods; a detailed study on resolving canine aggression; how to effectively groom your dog including coat care for specific breeds, dental care and nail-clipping How-To’s; and finally, how to begin training your dog for security work.
Another particularly useful freebie is a personalized consultation with a member of the Kingdom of Pets team. If you’ve got an issue with your dog that you’d like some individual attention on, you can send them a quick email and receive a personalized, thorough reply packed with expert advice and practical tips. Very nice.
Several of the training techniques present a refreshingly common-sense, down-to-earth approach to dog training. I also like the way that more than one training technique is detailed, allowing the reader to pick and choose the technique that best suits themselves and their dogs.
You don’t need to have a “problem pet” for the manual to be of assistance: there’s information included that is useful to all dog owners. In a nutshell: Highly Recommended.
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