The Love That Dog Training Program: Using Positive Reinforcement to Train the Perfect Family Dog

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Dawn Sylvia-Stasiewicz is a very special trainer. She knows dogs instinctively, and, drawing on lessons she learned from raising three children, she uses the power of positive reinforcement and bonding to train dogs to be joyful, obedient, and devoted members of a family. Dog lovers throughout the Washington, DC, area know her: She trained each of the late Senator Ted Kennedy’s dogs, and when the Obama family were deciding on a puppy— and could have chosen any trainer in the ...
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Dawn Sylvia-Stasiewicz is a very special trainer. She knows dogs instinctively, and, drawing on lessons she learned from raising three children, she uses the power of positive reinforcement and bonding to train dogs to be joyful, obedient, and devoted members of a family. Dog lovers throughout the Washington, DC, area know her: She trained each of the late Senator Ted Kennedy’s dogs, and when the Obama family were deciding on a puppy— and could have chosen any trainer in the world to work with—it was Ms Sylvia-Stasiewicz who trained Bo.

In TheLove That Dog Training Program, a lively, accessible, authoritative book, she shares her invaluable and proven program. Her method is based on positive  reinforcement. She believes in trust and treats, not choke collars; in bonding, not squeezing or hitting. Her dogs are happy and self-confident, spirited  yet very well-behaved. The basic program is five weeks, it takes only 15 or 20 minutes a day, and it works for both puppies and dogs, including retraining a dog with bad habits. Illustrated with step-by-step photographs, The Love That Dog Training Program covers hand-feeding. Crate training and potty training. Simple commands—sit, stay, come here—as well as more complex goals, such as bite inhibition and water safety. It shows how to avoid or correct common behavioral problems including jumping, barking, noise phobias, hiding, and more. Then: how to make your dog comfortable in the world—a dog that travels well, knows how to behave in a dog park or vet’s office, is comfortable around strangers, and more. As the author points out, dog training never ends, it just gets easier—and even more rewarding.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780761160755
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/6/2010
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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Dawn Sylvia-Stasiewicz trained Bo Obama and each of Senator Ted Kennedy’s Portuguese Water Dogs. She was a professional dog trainer for more than 20 years, ran the popular Merit Puppy dog training classes, and trained and boarded animals for the Washington elite.

LARRY KAY, a Los Angeles-based award-winning writer, is Leader of the Pack at Positively Woof, which celebrates the human-animal bond. In addition to co-authoring Training the Best Dog Ever, he created the Animal Wow Dogs Wow Dogs DVD, which  which has become the most award-winning dog care DVD for kids. He has written for Dog Fancy magazine and AOL's Paw Nation. His writing credits include PBS documentaries, educational films for the New York City Board of Education, and children’s edutainment software for Disney and The Muppets. Larry Kay's website is  http://positivelywoof.com.

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  • Posted October 18, 2010

    highly recommended you must buy this ground breaking science based dog training for the whole family

    excellent, science based, modern style training that works! Easy read for all ages, funny stories, common sense methods with no leader of the pack and alpha rollovers...been there and created a hand shy dog....this book put me and my dog's relationship bsck on target with love, trust, snd his eagerness to learn is over the top, this woman knows her stuff, no wonder she has worked with washington's elite, including Senator kennedy's famiy, and the president of the united states. This woman, and her book is child friendly and dog friendly...she should have her radio show. She flowing with information that she taylors to each individual dog she works with, and trains us humans to change the way we relate to out dogs. "Shaping your's Future" and is shaping the future for all poet owners, humans, children, and dogs. Its going to be given out as gifts for all my pet owning friends to help them learn a new way to raise our dogs and stop using outdated traditional methods. She's paving the way to raise happier pets and their familys. Excellent writer, well thought out book!

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  • Posted September 25, 2010

    highly recommended a book that puts postive reinformcement understanding where it belongs. From a mothers point of view hint home, we love the book, its not a partial autobio like other books like Tamar Gellers book which offers nothing new.

    Cesar milan wake up you brought dog training back 20 years with your jerk an pull alpha dog rollovers....tamar gellar is good but her book reads more like a auto bio on her personal life of abuse. she doesn't understand that dogs are domesticated and are not wolves. Nor does she understand the concept of marking behavior, instead she repeats command over and over which in fact 'over-uses' commands, doesn't mark behavior with any tming what so ever... her timing is off and her book is boring but a good read for someone who knows nothing about dogs. I would if given the choice choose her over Cesar Milan......Love that dog training program is the number one book ahead of its time and right up there with other great trainers and behavorists like Dr. Pam, Ms. Donalson, Dr, Ian Dunbar to name just afew. She uses common sense and is right up there with behavorists that understand dogs. The love that dog training program is written by a brilliant training animal behavioral consultant who knows her stuff and puts this book way above the others by making it an easy read in most parts, and a read in more complex areas like "good timing" when training a dog which puts her way above and beyond Tamar Geller. Dawn Sylvia stasiewicz is modest, protects her clients' privacy, drops a few names only to make a point of the amazing bond and transfermation she has acomplished with over 20 years experience, and raising babies, toddlers, dogs of many breeds and children and a list of owning many different breeds most labeled difficult to train without using adverse methods such as choker collars. Dawn S. Sylvia-Stasiewicz has raised the bar and teaches us that 'positive reinforcement' works on all animals. I have read thousands of dog training books and her book is the best....she deserves to be on the best sellers list....and perhaps teach Tamar Geller and soon to be gone Cesar Milan....but as a good bye gift to him someone please re-educate him and let him read Love that Dog - he has brought positive reinforcement back 20 years and hopefully Love that dog training program will put positive reinforment back where it belongs, here now and in the future. Her book is a well loved read, it works....and I am reading it again for the 4th time, not because I didn't understand it, but because it is enjoyable! it deserves a gold star rating 15! She has outdone any trainer out there....

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  • Posted October 18, 2010

    highly recommended

    desrves to be on new yorks best sellers list. Beats anything by Tamar Geller and Cesar Milan. Good timing, no repeating commmands over and over again like Tamar Geller, and not a auto bio with dog training.....Tamar should not put her personal abusive life in a book about dog training. And ...dogs are dogs, they are demesticated, wolves are not so there's nothing new. You want to stud dogs, read this book, you want to read about wolves....read about wolves. This put put s positive reinforcemnt back where it belongs and its been a long road. It is here, and now available to all those that don;t understand the concepts of postive reinforcemnt.....its the book of the future. It deserves 15 starts if possible.

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