Family Dog

Family Dog

by Richard A. Wolters


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Family Dog by Richard A. Wolters

The bestselling dog training manual that will give you the perfect family pet—from the author of Water Dog.

This time-proven guide by legendary trainer Richard A. Wolters offers a step-by-step method for completely training your dog, regardless of breed or age—in just sixteen weeks. Whether you’re six or sixty, you can learn to train your dog quickly and effectively—taking only minutes a day. 

In Family Dog, you’ll discover:

• How to choose the right dog for your family and lifestyle
• The fundamentals of training—from housebreaking to basic commands to teaching tricks
• The key to your dog's healthy mental development
• The benefits of play and relaxation
• How to guide your dog through his first critical growth periods
• Talking with your dog—it's not what you say but how you say it
• Children and dogs—learning to take responsibility
• Tips on grooming
• The best dog diet in the world
• First-aid and medical advice
• And much more...

Fully illustrated with more than 200 photographs that take you systematically through every phase of training, Family Dog will take the frustration out of dog training to give you the pet you’ve always wanted.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780525944720
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/28/1999
Edition description: REVISED
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 134,737
Product dimensions: 6.80(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

RICHARD A. WOLTERS was a leader in applying the scientific discoveries of animal behaviorists to dog training. His books on training—Game Dog, Water Dog, Gun Dog, Family Dog, and Home Dog—are recognized as classics in their fields. His historical book, The Labrador Retriever: The History...The People, was chosen as Best Dog Book of the Year by the Dog Writers Association of America. In 1984 the DWAA honored Mr. Wolters as both Writer of the Year for Game Dog and Columnist of the Year for his popular column “Gun Dog” in Gun Dog magazine. Well-known for his lectures and seminars on retriever training, Mr. Wolters also was a president of the Westchester, New York, Retriever Club, as well as a vice president and director of the North American Hunting Retriever Association, which he was influential in founding.

A veritable Renaissance man, Mr. Wolters worked as an atomic scientist, fine-arts teacher, photographer, and as picture editor at Sports Illustrated. His sporting interests included hunting, angling, bobsledding, ballooning, and soaring in sailplanes, in which he held the highest rating.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
dblock More than 1 year ago
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.
Forrest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a really helpful book and has great tips. but never deprive your puppy/dog of water at night just to prevent a potty accident.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book was very easy to read and follow. We have a very well-behaved Aussie due to Wolters' methods described in this book. Would highly recommend it!