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Widely recognized as one of the great dog trainers of his time, Richard Wolters's tested techniques continue to endure. Family Dog was the first book written for any member of the family, from age six to sixty, who wants to train a dog fast. By following the book's simple instructions, anyone can have a well-trained dog in just sixteen weeks. In Family Dog Wolters teaches:*How to choose the right dog for your ...
Widely recognized as one of the great dog trainers of his time, Richard Wolters's tested techniques continue to endure. Family Dog was the first book written for any member of the family, from age six to sixty, who wants to train a dog fast. By following the book's simple instructions, anyone can have a well-trained dog in just sixteen weeks. In Family Dog Wolters teaches:*How to choose the right dog for your family and lifestyle
*The benefits of play and relaxation
*Talking with your dog— it's not what you say, but how you say it
*All the fundamentals of training— house-breaking, basic commands, and tricks
*Tips on grooming
*The best dog diet in the world
*First-aid and medical advice, and much more
More than 200 all-new pictures in chronological, step-by-step sequence illustrate exactly what to do with your pet in a way that takes the frustration out of training and works for all breeds and any age.
Posted August 15, 2011
The worst thing this book teaches you is when to spank and when to knee your dog, which I find disgusting. Now a days with techniques used in books like Don't shoot the dog, or Imagine Life with a Well-Behaved Dog, or Clicking with your dog, such techniques like spanking or hitting your dog are totally unnecesary.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 14, 2010
Wolters' training methods are simple and effective, and are as much about training the owner as they are about training the dog. This new edition of the book updates the photos (the original edition was published in the 60's I believe, and was looking dated) but the core concepts remain the same. Wolters is great at clearly showing you how to establish rules, routines, and consistency, and also when in a puppy's development he or she is ready for more complex tasks or requirements.
I have owned copies of this book for 15 years, trained 3 dogs using it (with a 4th coming this summer) and given it as a gift to new dog owners several times. Highly recommended.
Posted June 23, 2009
I'm a first time dog-owner, and didn't know anything about raising a puppy. Some friends recommended Wolters.
However, the Petsmart experts told me that training a dog before 6 months was too aggressive. We trusted our friends and went with Wolters.
Our dog is 3 1/2 months and can sit, stay, jump, fetch, come, and drop whatever is in his mouth on command. Last night I filled his bowls with water and food, walked out of the kitchen to get something, and when I returned he was still sitting patiently at his bowl waiting for permission to eat. He waits for people to walk down the stairs before going up/down, and is much better behaved than the older dogs around us.
What's best is that we haven't had newspaper or "pee pads" down for several weeks now- he makes it through the night without accidents and lets us know when he needs to go outside.
Additionally, you can tell our dog loves us and is happy in our home.
The big criticism of Wolters- swatting/spanking your dog- seem to be too alarmist. Whenever I have swatted our dog- which is not often, and the need to do so is diminishing- you can tell its more of a shame thing than physical pain. After a swat and scold/rebuke, we give him praise (like Wolters recommends) and his tail is wagging, he's excited, and he's ready to play as if nothing happened.
I highly recommend it.
Posted July 22, 2007
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