Learn how to train your best friend effectively from a no-nonsense trainer with the Peguin Random House Train Your Dog Positively: The Ultimate Guide To Understanding Your Dog and Solving Behavior Problems Like Separation Anxiety, Excessive Barking, Aggression, Housetraining, Leash Pulling, and More!! In this all-new training guide, Victoria Stilwell explains how to use her force-free, scientifically-backed training methods to solve common canine behavior problems.
It’s like having Victoria teach you her method one on one. You’ll learn how positive reinforcement is more effective than other methods, and how to change the way your dog thinks, feels, and learns to actually encourage your dog to want to behave. With tips and tricks for understanding canine language, harnessing the power of reward-based training, and tapping into dogs’ natural instincts, there are no hopeless cases! So get ready to boost your dog’s confidence, improve your communication, and build your bond with your best friend today.
Victoria takes real world examples and explains why the dogs are doing it and offers methods to get them to stop/alter the behavior. She explains why choke chains and prong collars are aversive and how the dog will begin to associate the environment, other dogs, kids, and so on with pain and thus perceive them in a negative manner. I threw away my prong and choker and got my Akita a nice leather collar. I was using those for most of his life and thanks to Victoria I realized how they can damage and even collapse their wind pipe. Currently I’m proud to walk him around my neighborhood and get compliments on his manners. If you don’t like reading then this book isn’t for you. Watch the tv series.
Victoria Stilwell is an amazing trainer. I highly recommend using her techniques and taking her advise when it comes to her product recommendations.. because they work!! She not only considers the physical harm that can be inflicted, but the psychological harm that some products, and some archaic training methods, can inflict on your dog.
This is written more like a short story. I wanted a more instructional book.
This book has some good information but also some that's not so good. She badmouths some training techniques that I know for a fact do not hurt dogs (prong collars) because I tested the prong on parts of my own body. She also talks about dogs EVOLVING from wolves which is not true, among other falsities and misunderstandings. This book is a catch 22. I would recommend the information on housetraining, separation anxiety, stress, anxiety fear (though she recommends you buy additional products, from her) canine aggression. however NOT the information on submissive urination, or leash pulling. My mother's puppy's urination issue has nothing to do with fear and it doesn't tell you how to deal with a dog that runs up to you happy and promptly pees all over. I also don't recommend most of the information in the first few chapters. Basically, I am torn between disgust that I ordered this book, and pleased that at least I know now how to help aggressive dogs, at the very least. I would say if you're fine with only a few truly useable things learned then ok, but if your like me and expect a jam packed full of good useful info, then don't bother with this one.