Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Alpine Publications, Inc.; 4 edition (April 1, 2005)
Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.4 x 8.8 inches
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This is 1 of 5 books I bought in searching for the one I wanted to use. I reviewed them all in 1 review so you can see my direct comparison without having to try and find my other reviews. Skip down to #4 to see the details on this book.While my wife and I both had dogs growing up we never had any real formal training. We are now considering getting a dog for ourselves and wished to do it right.After spending a couple hours reading reviews I narrowed my books down to 5 possibilities.1) Before and After Getting Your Puppy – Ian Dunbar2) Good owners, great dogs – Brian Kilcommons and Sarah Wilson.3) How to be your dog’s best friend – revised and updated edition4) How to Raise a puppy you can life with – Clarice Rutherford and David Neil5) It’s me of the dog, how to have the perfect pet – Victoria Stilwell.To start your favorite choice of book will vary where your beliefs lie on 100% positive approach vs use of correction/discipline. The current pendulum appears to have swung to the 100% positive side of things. Many reviews I read (particularly about the How to be your dogs best friend) are particularly critical of the alpha roll. I just want to highlight in the revised and updated edition they specifically say they “no longer recommend this technique and strongly discourage its use to our clients”.My disclaimer would be that I lean towards a 100% praise/positive approach but am open to the EXTREMELY rare need for correction in certain circumstances (eg. dangerous/threatening behavior towards strangers/children not improved by praise/positive). Also note that I read these 6 books over the course of 1 week. My opinions are based upon the retained impressions I have from the books with occasional direct reference.
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