Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
Author: Dianne M. Young with Robert H. Mottram
Publisher: Island Book Publishing, L.L.C.
ISBN-10: 0989200809: ISBN-13: 978-0989200806
“Remember that in every dog-and-handler team, without exception, there is a leader and there is a follower. In your dog’s eyes, you are one or the other. There is no in-between,” states Dianna M. Young with Robert H. Mottram in their book, Think Like Your Dog and Enjoy the Rewards.
This two hundred and eight page paperback book is targeted mainly toward new dog owners, those who are considering owning a dog, or, in some cases, those trying to correct their dog’s behavior or unwanted habits. After an introduction, there are twenty chapters about rearing and raising dogs to obey and be enjoyed, followed by a limited index. Several black and white photographs are inserted in almost every chapter.
Having been a professional dog trainer since 1997, Young knows dogs and how to train them properly by the right blend of rewards and praises. Starting with the fundamentals of rank and leadership, the author explains how dogs think and learn through their owners’ body language.
Chapters include choosing the right breed, size, gender, and compatibility along with their temperament. When preparing for a new companion, leashes, collars, equipment, feeding, and housebreaking are discussed.
While learning how to administer correction of a new canine, Young explains four methods of training and how to learn your dog’s “currency.” Besides preparation, basic, intermediate, and advance obedience trainings are explained and shown how to manage and control your animal.
The last several chapters mention the effect of the dog’s environment, problem solving, dominance, and worth, ending in a brief reminder review that restates several of the concepts.
Since dogs live in the moment, owners must consider dogs learn by making mistakes. Using mainly a leash line and collar discipline, the writer feels the most advantageous way of teaching is with patience, structure, consistence, and most importantly, leadership.
A supporter of crate training, the Martingale collar, and sometimes the electronic collar, Young repeatedly recommends working with a trained professional to make sure proper handling is used.
With a concentration on beginning with a new puppy, the book is a good tool for new pet owners who want to make sure they are working with their dog, not against it, as they bond with their best friend.
This book was furnished by Maryglenn McCombs Book Publicity in lieu of an honest review.