The Dog Trainer's Complete Guide to a Happy, Well-Behaved Pet: Learn the Seven Skills Every Dog Should Have

The Dog Trainer's Complete Guide to a Happy, Well-Behaved Pet: Learn the Seven Skills Every Dog Should Have

by Jolanta Benal
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The Dog Trainer's Complete Guide to a Happy, Well-Behaved Pet 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Pete_the_Dog More than 1 year ago
This book is incredibly well written and well researched. I love the language, vocabulary, syntax and personal voice of the writer; To be honest, all too rare, in a book of this kind. Fear not; this book does not read like a pre-med text book, with chapters that go on for days. The book is even designed thoughtfully and intelligently, with sidebars, call outs and ding-bats, directing the viewer through the dense the information, and making the read enjoyable. I have read the book several times, and purchased more than ten copies for friends who also have dogs; both with behavior issues and without. In addition, there are more up-to-date and viable links and references in this book, than any comparable book, or site that I have consulted. (And, I have looked at many in the 2 years that I have owned my rescue dog.) This book should be a best-seller! Right away, in the introduction, Ms. Benal personalizes the book, by writing that she has become who she is, as a trainer specializing in behavioral issues through her love and devotion to her own dogs, mentioning specifically, Juniper, (‘Juni.’) Ms. Benal's web bio, indicates that she also,"...Participates in the Safety Net program of New York City’s municipal animal shelter system, working to keep pets in their homes." The supplemental information that Jolanta Benal provides through her weekly pod casts / articles make an owner feel as though we are students of the 'Jolanta Benal School of Dog Behavior and Obedience Training,' for our dog. She includes her own video training, sessions on the site that accompanies the book, and is free! So we 'virtually,' meet / see Yolanta and Juni, working together, and feel that they are our neighbors in Brooklyn, even though I do not live in Brooklyn. Ms. Benal is incredibly generous as a writer and trainer, by taking the same care that she clearly took with the book, in responding to queries that she receives both on the book's site and on her Facebook page, which is very rare in New York City, or even in American, where a great dog behaviorist / trainer is a hot commodity; i.e. very hard to find and every harder to afford. I give the book 20 stars, out of 5. I know she is still publicizing this first book, but when will we see the next by Jolanta Benal…?
Jaera More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. The writing is good (some borderline witty snark, at times, but listeners to her podcast are familiar with this), the information is both experience & science-based, and she does a good job giving the dedicated dog person the tools to create their own solutions. This is not a step-by-step hand-holding book which you can use to look up and fix problems; rather it's got general advice on everything from choosing a dog to where to turn when you feel overwhelmed. There are some step-by-steps in the book as well, but I think the main value of this book is in teaching you how to communicate and teach your own dog. If you're dedicated to teaching your dog, this book is the "teach a man to fish" method that you're looking for. Unlike many authors, she doesn't ignore the existence of small dogs and she also takes time to mention the frustrations that people can experience while training. She confronts outdated training techniques and myths head-on and without apology and for that alone I applaud this book. Ms. Benal has a habit of pointing out things that should be obvious to everyone but somehow aren't, so in the end she's not convincing you to see things in another way, you're just going with what makes the most sense to you. For anyone outside of the NYC area, Jolanta Benal is well-known for taking on some of the worst cases of aggression, OCD, etc. She's been "in the trenches" with the worst cases, and based on the references cited in this book, apparently spends the rest of the time reading scientific journal articles. As someone in the sciences myself, I appreciate Ms. Benal for having a science-based approach that has been extensively field tested. Any flak she gets from those still promoting "dominance theory" should be seen in the light of both the science and the results.
DRMD More than 1 year ago
Easy to read, clear and complete instructions with good explanations. Promotes positive and humane approach to "training" puppies and adult dogs for happy everyday family life. For all ages -- new puppies as well as older dogs who were either not trained or have [developed] bad habits. Excellent reference section for contacts for dogs with serious behavioral problems. No 'training' book will do it all or cover every behavior detail, but this comes as close as any I have ever seen.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago