It's Me or the Dog: How to Have the Perfect Pet

It's Me or the Dog: How to Have the Perfect Pet

by Victoria Stilwell

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ISBN-13: 9781401308551
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 01/31/2007
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 486,346
Product dimensions: 7.25(w) x 8.75(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Victoria Stilwell is an actress-turned-dog-trainer who has started training schools in both Britain and the United States. She stars in the UK's Channel 4 television series It's Me or the Dog. She lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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It's Me or the Dog 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
JoanieGranola More than 1 year ago
I ordered this book online. At first glance after opening it, I thought this book would be less-than-satisfactory. There's a lot of white space on the pages and there are a lot of pictures. However, after reading the book, I think it's one of the best books for every dog owner to have. Victoria not only describes how to teach your dog certain "commands", she describes how to read and react to dogs' body language, explains the various ingredients in commercial dog food to assit you in chooseing a good food for your dog, and explains how dogs process information. Not only does she tell you how to do something, she gives alternatives and tells you what one should never do to their dog.
I've read other books, but nowhere have I found one book that holds all of the information that this book holds. It really is a must-have for dog owners and dog caregivers.
I enjoy watching Victoria's show "It's Me or the Dog" on the BBC USA and Animal Planet channels. This book is a great printed reference for fans of the show. All of the information and advice in this book has been used time and again on her television program. I give this book the highest rating.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has some very practical tips inside. The author obviously knows what she is doing. All of the training is positive, which is such a nice change! She gives step by step instructions on teaching basic commands. I would highly recommend the book and the Animal Planet program by the same name.
batgrlgothamcity More than 1 year ago
Victoria Stilwell really makes dog training so simple and translates dog psychology into a human friendly language. So many things sounded like common sense, but the way she explains the ways dog communicate really makes me second think a lot of things. I really enjoy reading this book and it's something I'll always keep as a reference. She gives a very thorough explanation of dogs from what to feed them and how to train them. Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have a 18 month old Border collie/Austrailan Shepard mix and he is quite a handfull, we started by using her techniques for walking because he is such a puller, and he is easily distracted. With the head collar and redirection he now is great on the leash. The results were almost instantanious. Thank You Victoria!
sophiestitches More than 1 year ago
Great reference. If you are a fan of the show, most of the info will be a review. Which is a good thing in my opinion!
maryjaney More than 1 year ago
I thought this book to be very useful. I have picked it up numerous times to check on how to do certain things. I watch Victoria Stilwell's show or tape it and have enjoyed watching it. I am happy to say it is worth buying
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book is amazing anyone training a dog or has a puppy should get this book well worth the $15
Vicki28 More than 1 year ago
It was great, just like the TV show, but you can instantly go to the topic you want.
kaelirenee on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Viewers of the television show "It's Me or the Dog" are already familiar with Victoria Shewell's simple but kind methods for dog training. For the dog owner who prefers understanding their pets (Why on earth is he doing that?!?), this is an excellent book. She explains the reasons behind many common dog behaviors and gives clear suggestions for correcting these behaiviors. Though she is quite clear that most dog problems are actually owner problems, she makes it clear that these techniques take lots of time and that first time success is unlikely, which is a nice reminder.I'd like to review this book more thouroughly when I put some of Victoria's suggestions to the test, especially with my lab who likes to walk me (rather than walk with me).
ccahill on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Vitoria Stilwell is the ultimate resource for positive dog training. This book is a great complement to her show, It's Me or the Dog. I reference this book anytime I need reinforcement in my dog training - her techniques work if you work them.
animalsandmagic More than 1 year ago
This book is a really good dog training book. Not only does it teach how to train a dog using positive reinforcement it also helps you see things from the dog's point of view. I used it successfully to train my adult dog and teach him what I want from him rather than what his old owner taught him so it works well, not just with puppies, but with older dogs too. This is because it teaches all the basic commands exactly as it is easiest for a dog to learn them. Any dog that needs training benefit from this book if you read this book and train your dog by following the books training guide. The book is easiest to understand if you have seen the show, but I think the book is pretty clear and easy to understand even if you haven't
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I am not new to having a dog. I had, however, just gotten a dachshund puppy, and I hadn't had a pupply in 14 years. Since I purchased the book, I now have 3 dachshunds. The book is helpful, but a lot of it can be considered common sense. I bought the book because I like her show and it does contain helpful information. It is not breed specific, so I also purchased a book on dachshunds.
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juliameluvscanterwood More than 1 year ago
fantastic totally training my puppy with this when i get him!
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