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The Loved Dog

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Easy to read with practical examples.

I recently purchased a new Newfoundland puppy and wanted to read a book that would help us update our dog training skills. I found the book to be very useful. The the training techniques were easy to understand and examples helped us relate to real life situations. I ...
I recently purchased a new Newfoundland puppy and wanted to read a book that would help us update our dog training skills. I found the book to be very useful. The the training techniques were easy to understand and examples helped us relate to real life situations. I started using the techniques from day one and have had amazing results. The puppy is now fourteen weeks old. She is house broken. She knows the commands come, sit, stay, potty, walk (heal), cage (means go to your cage)and in (means come in the house).

posted by 2010118 on October 4, 2009

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Good methods, but nothing profound....

I just wanted to say that I like and endorse using play and positive training methods and techniques for dog training as described in Tamar's book. And I think she is a wonderful person doing good work. However, I don't think there's anything new or revolutionary in thi...
I just wanted to say that I like and endorse using play and positive training methods and techniques for dog training as described in Tamar's book. And I think she is a wonderful person doing good work. However, I don't think there's anything new or revolutionary in this book that hasn't already been written in the last 10 years. Nor do I find it detailed or descriptive enough to really give readers a true understanding of dogs and why they do the things they do. There's brief moments and discussions about it, but it never goes deep enough to give the reader a real answer to why their dogs behave the way they do. Also, I find it disconcerting that she is so critical of other dog trainers, as if they are all abusive. I definitely agree that what she has witnessed in her years from some dog trainers was definitely abusive behavior. However, I believe that she was so affected by these events that it took her to the extreme opposite end of the training spectrum, thereby not providing the most balanced point of view. I think that following the path of least resistance in dog training, and using as much positive reinforcement as you can are wonderful and things I definitely endorse highly. I just don't think that this book goes in depth enough to provide any information that will take you beyond very basic training. So if you are looking for more of an introduction to dog training and would like to know about Tamar's story and how she became who she is today, then this would be a good book for you. But if you are looking for more in depth information that goes beyond a quick overview of basic training ideas, then look elsewhere, as this book really is more of an autobiography than a real dog training book.

posted by Anonymous on April 30, 2007

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  • Posted February 17, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Selling Tamar Geller

    You can skip much of this book without losing any valuable information. There IS some very useful information in it: the author has a training philosophy that uses the carrot (or piece of chicken) rather than the stick to produce well-trained, obedient dogs, and when she sticks to her subject the results are worth reading.<BR/><BR/><BR/><BR/>But she doesn¿t stick to her subject. Geller opens the book by giving us her autobiography, which I found less than fascinating. She uses horrible example after horrible example of dogs who were abused by their owners, but it does no more good to rub my nose in horrible examples than to rub your dog¿s nose in the remains of an accident he had hours ago. And she incessantly drops names of Hollywood celebrities. I don¿t know why she thinks I care that she¿s buddy-buddy with some people whose names I¿ve heard; maybe she thinks it will sell me on Tamar Geller. It doesn¿t.<BR/><BR/>The writing, by ghost writer Andrea Cagan, is workmanlike but pedestrian. If Geller had concentrated on the technique, with more good examples of training dogs to do more things, the book would have been a good technical manual.<BR/><BR/>As it is, you¿ll have to extract the gems from the dross.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2010

    Good Read

    I enjoyed it however I felt my puppy didn't respond to all the techniques and needed a little bit more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2007

    The power of 'TV Stars'

    OK book, but it lack¿s real substance. The first five chapters are a waste of time unless it¿s important to you to know her background. There¿s no doubt that she knows and understands the canine mind. However, she seems more interested in impressing you with who she knows rather than really teaching the average person about dog training. If you are looking for a book to get down to the real details of canine training, this is not the book. FYI¿. she does not respond to email questions at her web site. Oh well, maybe Oprah needs her again.

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