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Reference Large Print Edition Undoubtedly one of the best books on general dog training I ve ever read. Sports Afield A well-behaved pet is not only a joy to his owners, but is also a happy pet. The Koehler Method of Dog Training is one of the most successful dog training manuals ever published. It s main objective is to enable the reader to train his dog regardless of current conduct to a point where he and his dog will enjoy the fullest companionship possible.
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Reference Large Print Edition Undoubtedly one of the best books on general dog training I ve ever read. Sports Afield A well-behaved pet is not only a joy to his owners, but is also a happy pet. The Koehler Method of Dog Training is one of the most successful dog training manuals ever published. It s main objective is to enable the reader to train his dog regardless of current conduct to a point where he and his dog will enjoy the fullest companionship possible.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780783818719
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 10/28/1997
  • Edition description: Large Print
  • Pages: 378
  • Product dimensions: 6.15 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2008

    Basic foundation is there and it works wonders!

    I've read the reviews and for the most part, they are accurate. Some of the things in the book would probably get you in some trouble in some communities and nearly all of California. I had used the basic principles in this book with my very first dog and he was outstanding at the very least. Yes, some of the things in there are a bit 'over the top' by todays standards but you always can't be 'lovey dovey' all the time. Sometimes you just have to put your foot down and get it in your head that it's your god-given right to do this or that and the dog is a dog and you are the human, the 'master' so it must be done, it must be done now and it must be done this way! That is what the book is all about. I regret giving away the several copies that I have purchased over the years because now the book is out of print. I think they should republish it actually. Sure may have to 'clean up' or modify some of the directions for at most the '80's. It is a fine book and I recommend it to anyone I think is smart and disciplined enough to use it as intended. Even if you are one of those 'wishy washy' types buy the book and follow the basic fundamentals and leave out some of the 'spanking' corrections, I did. If you do have a 'rowdy', 'rough housing', 'terror' that could hurt himself, you or a stranger and causes a 'donnybrook' in public or at the dog park, by all means, follow the instructions to the letter! I think the basic premises outlined are the best and most effective way to teach yourself and your dog how to do the basics.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2006

    The most effective training I have seen in 30 years of dogs

    I was first introduced to the Koehler Method at a training school in Chicago in 1982 with a 6 month old Papillon puppy. The techniques are fool proof and based on mini steps of learning to assure success so the dog becomes reliable in situations with increased distractions. The focus for the first 13 lessons is based on exhuberant verbal praise for each success. I have trained other Papillons, Yorkshire terriers, and also Samoyeds with the same methods and each dog eagerly followed directions from me and became steadfast companions. Veterinarians and strangers alike have remarked at how responsive and almost human like in interaction with me my dogs were. As a breeder of Papillons for the show ring, I recommend this method to my puppy buyers on a regular basis. I am always amused by the critics who prove they have only read one chapter devoted to dogs with severe behavior problems or who are on death row due to aggression. They especially like to quote passages to suggest they have knowledge of the program, but they are simply demonstrating their ignorance. I am also amused by the signs at dog obedience rings that say 'Quiet--Obedience Judging in Progress'. If the entire ring area needs to be as quiet as a church, there certainly has not been much successful training for distractions going on before the obedience trial!! I wholeheartedly recommend this dog training book and its techniques to anyone who wants to have a well-behaved dog that maintains its enthusiasm for its owner for the rest of its life.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 25, 2009

    None can compare

    Mr. Koehler knew what he was doing with dogs- and he loved dogs. He loved them enough to put them through this training for their own good. He loved them enough to allow them to experience negative consequences so they could learn before they got into a situation where it was too late. And most importantly, he loved them enough to share his wisdom, knowledge and experience with the rest of us, should we choose to listen. And I, for one (and my Presa Canario, for another), shall be forever in his debt. He is a no-nonsense kind of trainer, but a Presa Canario is a no-nonsense kind of dog with which there is no room for error. He has made it possible for me to build a relationship with this animal that no other trainers or methods could. There is nothing out there today that comes close- and there's not a trainer around who could "shine his shoes", so to speak. Thank you, Bill, from the bottom of our hearts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2008

    Simply ... 'The Best!!!'

    If you actually care about your dog (companion, sporting or otherwise) purchase this book. Following the guidelines, explained and illustrated, will amazingly transform your dog as well as yourself. The book goes into detail on all aspects of canine behavior. This book also 'teaches you' how to own a dog which is actually what all 'training' does, teaches you not the dog! The dog WILL do what is expected of him/her regardless of distraction or circumstance and could one day save the dogs life. I suggest reading the book in it's entirety at least once BEFORE you begin the exercises. I'll be honest, you will find parts, especially the parts dealing with 'problems', somewhat troubling. You may think that 'I could never do that to 'Fluffy'!' DO IT! You will be happier having whatever problem eliminated, 'Fluffy' will be happier and more confident and the two of you will be a team. There are no 'parlor tricks' in this book, only facts that MUST be learned and adhered to then 'Fluffy' will have the biggest and most important trick of all mastered. The power to make decisions and the correct decisions to boot, the power to 'stay alive' and well. I also warn you that your trusted veterinarian, 'Professor Knowitalls' at the dog park, even people driving by will tell you that this method is 'cruel' or 'Barbaric'. Do not listen to them. I know you love your dog and I find it hard to believe that anyone could care more about their dog than I do mine and I surely would not do anything 'Barbaric' to my 'Brutus' and surely would have spent the rest of my days in prison if anyone did anything 'Barbaric' to my dearest 'Caesar' who has just left us only months back. It would be more 'Barbaric' not using the lessons that this book outlines and describes for you. Imagine you and 'Fluffy' are out for a drive some Sunday afternoon and your vehicle quits! You have no cell signal, no fuel, no leash and you have to walk! You and 'Fluffy' can now casually walk, as you have done so many times before without a leash enjoying not much more than pleasant conversation. Now ask yourself if this same scenario were to happen on the way to the Post Office to pick up this book ... would 'Fluffy' even survive? Would you have to leave 'Fluffy' in the car? Would you have to stay in the car with 'Fluffy' so 'Fluffy' did not consume the car while you were away? BUY THIS BOOK!!! IT WORKS!!! Besides, I can't express to you the ego boost and pride of accomplishment that you will feel every time someone comes up and says 'What a great dog!' It's soo rewarding, I just can't explain it. Oh, and please, you bought, read and used the book, your dog is now awesome, please do not, DO NOT turn into one of those preachy 'Professor Knowitalls' at the dog park. Everyone HATES those people!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2008

    Magic Formula

    There are hundreds of books on dog training and I've read about 10 of those. Of the ten I've read this one stands out head and shoulders against the rest. Every time I've trained a dog this way I want to change their name to MAGIC because employing this method is truly magic. The Affidavit at the beginning of the book should, at the very LEAST, give the most die-hard skeptics some conclusive evidence that he might actually know what he's talking about. As for an owner who is thinking of training their dog, the Affidavit should be all that's needed to take a look at this method. The book's pretty interesting in the fact that maybe 95% isn't about the actual physical method on what to do, rather, it's about the psychology of both the dog and the trainer. The methods have been said to be 'harsh'. Well, maybe. It's kind of analogous to raising a child. When I was being raised, I got spanked - sometimes with a belt, sometimes in the store, ect.- and that's how it was. My parents had the same thing happen to them. It wasn't neccessarily 'harsh'. Today, we have Time Out's. No spanking in public, no spanking, in many cases, at all. Hmph...it seemed to work before but not now?? Either way, whether the training seems a little harsh only you can decide. The question that should be asked is 'Does it work?' and 'Will my dog be a better dog because of it?'. The answer is, absolutely. Period. Read the reviews, even the anti-Koehler people say it works, they just don't like the methods. I've read a lot of reviews on this book because I understand the controversy and I can say I've never read a review that says the methods don't work. If someone said the methods didn't work either didn't actually employ the methods or didn't do them correctly and has a bad behaved dog. Again, look at the Affidavit at the beginning of the book. Overall, if you're looking to train your dog - the more distractions the better the results - then do yourself a favor and read the Affidavit. If you can train your dog this way you'll understand why the book is still selling 30 years later.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2005

    Only dog training book to have

    My father recommended this book after owning many dogs, many of which he acquired as adult strays with bad habits. Using Koehler¿s methods, he was able to transform unpredictable, sometimes aggressive, undisciplined dogs into loving family members. Based on his recommendation, we used the Koehler methods on our first dog, an Akita, who eventually weighed over 100 lbs. By following through with the training from a very young age, we were able to take our dog everywhere. He always behaved appropriately. We live in Alaska and spend a lot of time outdoors where the dangers are very real from rapidly moving, freezing water, other hikers, bikers and dogs to bears & moose. It would be extremely dangereous for us and the dog if he were not trained to obey regardless of the distraction. Although at first some of the methods seemed a bit harsh, they always worked and the behavior problem never returned. A good behaved dog is the best way to keep them from harm and truly expresses your love for them. With six months of dedicated consistency by the owner, you will have a wonderful family companion for the life of your dog.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2002

    The most practical way to train your dog.

    Koehler's method of training is based upon reward and aversion/punishment. He does not believe in treats or clicker training, but rather a simple system that anyone can follow. I realize that there are many methods that work. What Koehler presents is a method that will work even when the dog is under stress or distraction. What kind of distraction? This is the distraction or tempation your dog experiences when he/she sees another dog, a moving car, or even hears a loud noise. Many other methods will work just fine under ideal circumstances, but are impracticle when you need them most. Imagine the times when you will need obedience training the most. It is the time when your dog is distracted by or is tempted by another animal/object. This is the time when you will need your dog's complete attention. Obedience training should be more than impressing your friends. It should be a way to insure that your dog is a good 'canine' citizen, and a way to protect your dog. How good is obedience training, if it only work under ideal circumstances?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2000

    Simply The Best!

    This book gets results. I had an English Springer Spaniel bred to hunt. This book helped me turn that dog into the best behaved dog I ever owned. It will teach you how to break your dog of bad habits, such as digging holes in less than a day. Koehler's methods work, pure and simple. I just got an American Cocker Spaniel puppy, and have been looking high and low for this book. I am very glad to have found it. Koehler was instrumental in training dogs for the K-9 Corps in WWII, and he trained many a dog for Disney. How do you argue with success like that?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2007

    Archaic methods and Obsolete information

    The author expounds on his information that may have been current during the second world war and 60s and 70s. But big strides have been made in dog training and dog behaviour research. Not recommended because the information is outdated. The hardcore traditionalists may like this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2004

    Great training guide with easy to follow plan

    I have used this book and Koehler's methods for training our two dogs and the results and experience have been great. The book provides a very easy to understand view of your pet's psychology or motivations and the context of your training. I really liked the easy to follow plan that Koehler lays out for the owner. It made the whole process very easy to work with. I highly recommend this book for any dog owner.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2002

    Practical Training

    Koehler's method of training is based upon reward and aversion/punishment. He does not believe in treats or clicker training, but rather a simple system that anyone can follow. I realize that there are many methods that work. What Koehler presents is a method that will work even when the dog is under stress or distraction. What kind of distraction? This is the distraction or tempation your dog experiences when he/she sees another dog, a moving car, or even hears a loud noise. Many other methods will work just fine under ideal circumstances, but are impracticle when you need them most. Imagine the times when you will need obedience training the most. It is the time when your dog is under stress or is tempted by another animal/object. This is the time when you will need your dog's complete attention. Obedience training should be more than impressing your friends. It should be a way to insure that your dog is a good 'canine' citizen, and a way to protect your dog. How good is obedience training, if it only work under ideal circumstances?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2001

    The most practicle method of training

    Koehler's method of training is based upon reward and punishment. He does not believe in treats or clicker training, but rather a simple system that anyone can follow. I realize that there are many methods that work. What Koehler presents is a method that will work even when the dog is under stress. What kind of stress? This is the stress or tempation your dog experiences when he/she sees another dog, a moving car, or even hears a loud noise. Many other methods will work just fine under ideal circumstances, but are impracticle when you need them most. Imagine the times when you will need obedience training the most. It is the time when your dog is under stress or is tempted by another animal/object. This is the time when you will need your dog's complete attention. Obedience training should be more than impressing your friends. It should be a way to insure that your dog is a good 'canine' citizen, and a way to protect your dog. How good is obedience training, if it only work under ideal circumstances?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2000

    Not for MY dog!

    This book is outdated and the methods are cruel. For example, to deter a dog from unwanted digging 'fill the hole brimful of water. With the training collar and leash, bring the dog to the hole and shove his nose into the water; hold him there until he is sure he is drowning....to make sure of a permanent impression, fill the hole with water and repeat the experience the next day, whether the dog digs any more or not. On the third day, let him watch you dig a hole and prepare it for dunking.' This is a direct quote from the book, and it is not the only cruel and damaging suggestion given to curtail normal dog behaviour. We can train our dogs with respect and gentle methods, there is no need to resort to methods such as this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2000

    Outdated

    The methods of dog training in this book are outdated and some of them are simply cruel. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone wanting to train their dog to have a loving, trusting relationship with them. One may end up with a well mannered dog using these methods, but it would be as a result of fear rather than wanting to please its owner.

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