Be the Dog: Secrets of the Natural Dog Owner

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A well-trained dog rewards you with a kind of love and loyalty you won’t get anywhere else. But the secret of this relationship is not in the dog; it’s in the owner. Here’s a revolutionary approach to dog training based on observing what “natural” dog owners do instinctively— that is, they intuitively understand the canine mind and relate to a dog by thinking like a dog. Readers who follow their example will discover that, instead of trying to outsmart the dog, they’ll build up his IQ. Instead of trying different...
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A well-trained dog rewards you with a kind of love and loyalty you won’t get anywhere else. But the secret of this relationship is not in the dog; it’s in the owner. Here’s a revolutionary approach to dog training based on observing what “natural” dog owners do instinctively— that is, they intuitively understand the canine mind and relate to a dog by thinking like a dog. Readers who follow their example will discover that, instead of trying to outsmart the dog, they’ll build up his IQ. Instead of trying different forms of punishment, they’ll enrich his environment. Together, owner and dog will throw away the old ideas of obedience and control, and build a deeper relationship based on mutual respect.
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"My goal is to convince owners to treat their dogs like dogs, not people," writes pet behaviorist Duno (Bad Dog!: A Quick-Fix A-Z Problem Solver for Your Dog's Bad Behavior) in this, his latest book. "Treat a dog like a coddled toddler and you get a troubled pariah; connect with him on his own level and you discover what being a dog really means." Duno explains seven "secrets" to becoming a natural dog owner, which require learning to view the world as the dog perceives it and communicating on the dog's own terms. The first secret involves analyzing one's own lifestyle and selecting a dog to fit it. Other principles include keeping the dog safe and healthy, understanding pack mentality and drives, teaching basic obedience and tricks, enriching the environment, and giving the dog a purpose based on his breed-specific tendencies. This comprehensive guide explains complex concepts in simple terms so that even the first-time dog owner can develop "effective canine empathy" and raise a happy, well-mannered dog. Similar in scope and content to Tamar Geller's The Loved Dog: The Playful, Nonaggressive Way To Teach Your Dog Good Behavior; for public libraries.
—Florence Scarinci

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  • ISBN-13: 9781402722837
  • Publisher: Sterling Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/5/2008
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Steve Duno
Steve Duno
Animal behaviorist and freelance writer Steve Duno has authored 11 books covering a wide variety of subject matter, including pet care, professional sports, celebrity memoirs, and fiction. Among his books on pets are Plump Pups and Fat Cats (St. Martin's), No Kitty! (St. Martin's), and Show Biz Tricks for Cats (Adams). He also writes for Petsmart.com and has authored a series of articles on cats versus dogs, published by Slate, Microsoft's online magazine.
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  • Posted January 26, 2009

    Great Book!

    I picked up this book primarily because it was on sale, but I'm always striving to be a better doggy parent. I have a 1 year old male Rottweiler and as wonderful as he is, he can be a challenge sometimes due to his stubborn nature... This book is great! I will keep it in my library for sure!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2008

    The author makes sense!

    Should be read by those who want to learn as well as by those 'who know it all.'

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