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Be the Dog: Secrets of the Natural Dog Owner
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Be the Dog: Secrets of the Natural Dog Owner

by Steve Duno
 
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

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402722837
Publisher:
Sterling Publishing
Publication date:
02/05/2008
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

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