Control freaks will hate this book! But pet owners who want a well mannered, well adjusted dog will find this book terrific, easy to follow, and practical.
Science has given us a way to communicate with dogs without causing pain and stress. Learning shouldn't hurt, and Dennison guides the reader step-by-step through positive ways to build a strong working relationship void of force and intimidation.
How well do the techniques Dennison shares work? ... The same operant techniques I used to teach my dogs are outlined in Dennison's book, and they work superbly, quickly, and effectively.
Even better, the dog and human enjoy the learning process together, so learing becomes a dance of joy rather than a war of wills. It's FUN to teach dogs this way, and it works so well for behavior problems, such as barking, jumping up on people, or rushing through the door.
Without having to commit to long, grueling training sessions, Dennison shares how to catch your dog doing it right, set the dog up for success, and to do this in short, fun sessions--such as when a TV commercial comes on, or when you're preparing dinner, or even going to the bathroom!
If still not convinced... read this story on another website "The Story of the Vomiting Comet," an essay on the journey from juvenile delinquincy to National Service Dog of the Year.
Having trained in a more traditional manner most of my life, "crossing over" to the positive reinforcement training methods Dennison presents, ended up saving my dog's life and changing my life forever.
I can't praise it highly enough, and hope readers will join me in finding out just why this type of training is so much fun and so very, very effective.