The Loved Dog: The Playful, Nonaggressive Way to Teach Your Dog Good Behavior
The Loved Dog The Playful Nonaggressive Way to Teach Your Dog Good Behavior Author:Tamar Geller, Andrea Cagan Every dog owner must make a choice: Do you want a fearful and submissive pet, or do you want a happy, joyful, and well-mannered member of the family?Tamar Geller's mission in life is to teach her cruelty-free method of "life coaching" for dogs and their people. Her revolutionary play-training uses mutual understanding and respect -- and puts an... more » end to outdated methods that rely on physical exhaustion, choke chains, prong collars, dominance rollovers, or stressful aggression of any kind.A former Israeli intelligence officer who witnessed the horrors of military dog training methods, Tamar went on to observe wolves in the wild. She discovered that wolves educate and socialize their cubs with games, bonding, and body language, not dominance or punishment. As a result, she developed teaching systems that address a dog's authentic nature, part wolflike and part toddlerlike. Learning can be a positive experience that dogs enjoy and look forward to, and we can actually make it fun for our dogs to listen to us and behave as we want them to.Tamar's insights have brought dog training into the twenty-first century, and her groundbreaking techniques have won the approval of the Humane Society of the United States, for which she is a longtime advisor. Her celebrity clients include Oprah Winfrey, Ben Affleck, Courteney Cox-Arquette, Owen Wilson, and the Osbournes, and she has appeared as an expert on the Today show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Animal Planet, and more.In The Loved Dog, Tamar gives you all the instruction, insights, and tips you need to teach your dog good manners, as well as to troubleshoot specific problems and unwanted behaviors. She helps you and your dog learn a common language, resulting in a loving, respectful relationship that will bring you years of joy and companionship. Tamar's play-training approach is so gentle, even children can get involved. Whether you use Tamar's methods to raise a puppy or teach an old dog new tricks, you'll love The Loved Dog.« less
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This book is much more than a dog training guide--Gellar tells her story of being raised in a dysfunctional family, serving in the Israeli army, and how she developed her love for dogs. Highly entertaining, well written, and much useful information.
The Loved Dog is an excellent intro to positive dog training methods for beginners. This book would be best for first time dog owners of puppies with no pre-existing behavioral issues. The chapter topics are pretty basic: house training, sit, stay, etc. There are sections on barking and greeting people, but those are about the toughest problems Geller addresses. I found it interesting that there was no mention of clicker training, and the author doesn't mention any of the downsides to dog parks or dog day care centers (perhaps because she is the owner of one of the latter).
Occasionally the advice is contradictory: in one chapter she advises to keep the use of the word "good" to a minimum lest it be confusing to dogs, but in later chapters she uses phrases like "good potty" and "good stay." The celebrity references pop up occasionally and are a bit surreal (Oprah is mentioned then Scott Hamilton.... huh?). The tone of this book is upbeat and encouraging, and she Geller is obviously a person who cares about dogs and advocates for humane training methods. Overall this is a good starter book for anyone who wants a pet they can live with peacefully, though readers will have to seek other sources for more detailed instruction.
This is an easy read and an absolute must-have for any dog owner. She teaches gentle ways to train your dog. I have 3 dogs and have enjoyed putting her suggestions into action, and like the results even better!