Comments: 5
Portable Magic 6 months ago
Sounds like this would be a good gift for a new dog owner. I've done very little reading about dog training, but I definitely prefer the positive reinforcement methods. Or at least, non-punitive. Lucky for me, though, mine have all been food-motivated or at least crave human approval and attention.
bookaneer 6 months ago
I think it would--it clocks in at under 200 pages, even including all the cute pictures, and it's very approachably written.
Basically all the dogs I've known--and given that I'm infamous at work as The Crazy Dog Lady and also volunteer in a shelter, that's a lot--have wanted love and/or food, although not necessarily in that order. And I've known far too many dogs that cringe or shake or go catatonic at sudden movements or fisted hands to see corporal punishment in a positive light.
Portable Magic 6 months ago
Actually, I have to take that back. I did have one dog that was impossible to train. He was a dachshund, and I don't know if he was very stubborn or just not very smart, but he did whatever he wanted and just pretended you didn't exist when he wasn't inclined to mind. But he was already a senior citizen when I adopted him and too old to get into much trouble. Except for the not minding thing, he was an awesome dog. I still miss him.

The most amazing technique I learned - or at least I was amazed - was the Ignore reinforcement for jumping up on people. I had one incorrigible jumper that finally learned he'd get no attention at all until he had all four paws on the ground. He'd plant himself and absolutely quiver all over in anticipation of the love he was going to get.
Great review. I'm not a dog owner (any more) but would pick this one up to page through just because of the cover pic.
bookaneer 6 months ago
I know, right? It's a great photo.