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The Loved Dog: The Playful, Nonaggressive Way to Teach Your Dog Good Behavior | [Tamar Geller, Andrea Cagan]

The Loved Dog: The Playful, Nonaggressive Way to Teach Your Dog Good Behavior

More than 15 years ago, Tamar Geller began her career as a dog trainer by observing a scientific study of wolves in the wild. She realized that the socialization and parenting techniques they used to raise their cubs were rooted in bonding, communication, and play: not in aggression, dominance, or punishment. If people used these techniques when training their dogs, she realized, there would be no need for prong collars, choke chains, or any kind of physical or verbal aggression.
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Publisher's Summary

More than 15 years ago, Tamar Geller began her career as a dog trainer by observing a scientific study of wolves in the wild. She realized that the socialization and parenting techniques they used to raise their cubs were rooted in bonding, communication, and play - not in aggression, dominance, or punishment. If people used these techniques when training their dogs, she realized, there would be no need for prong collars, choke chains, or any kind of physical or verbal aggression. She realized we can make it "fun" for our dogs to listen to us and behave as we want them to.

Tamar went on to train the dogs of many celebrities, including Oprah Winfrey, Ben Affleck, Courteney Cox- Arquette, Nicollette Sheridan, Owen Wilson, the Osbournes, and others. Her nonaggressive methods are so revolutionary that the Humane Society of the United States approached her to be a consultant, and she now teaches animal behavior at Pepperdine University.

In The Loved Dog, Tamar shows anyone how to childproof a dog, teach him vocabulary, use treats the right way, play "tug of war" to build trust, make it fun for him to come when called, teach him not to jump on people, and much more, using only playful bonding and positive reinforcement.

©2007 Tamar Geller; (P)2007 Tantor Media Inc.

What the Critics Say

"The Loved Dog method is nothing short of a revolution. Tamar Geller shows us a pathway beyond punishment, and reminds us that understanding and respect are the key words in dog training in the 21st century. Now these common-sense and humane principles are set out clearly in a single, accessible volume." (Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO, The Humane Society of the United States)

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    Leslie sonoma, CA, USA 04-27-07
    Leslie sonoma, CA, USA 04-27-07 Member Since 2004
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    "Maybe better read but a terrible listen"

    Two hours into this book I was still waiting for something about dog training. Then it just went on with a lot of stories about her own dogs and her encounters with celebrity dogs for what seemed like forever. Heavy on reward/treat reinforcement. Heavily critical of other methods, which I found to be a bit of a turn-off regardless of whether I thought she was right. After listening to her bash her family for the first hour or so of the book, and then go on to bash other trainers/training methods, it just seemed to be a lot of "me! me! me!" Seems to me that if a person has confidence in their technique it should stand alone without having to drag down the competition. As for airing the family's dirty laundry - that had nothing whatsoever to do with dog training, so I don't know what that was supposed to be about, except perhaps to garner sympathy. Didn't work on me. Just made me a little uncomfortable. It may be a better hard copy, where you can just flip past all the filler and drama, and focus on the method, but it wasn't a worthwhile purchase for me at all. Not well written, an abundance of irrelevant material, no new techniques; unless you have no experience with dog obedience at all, you've probably heard/tried all of this before.

    53 of 58 people found this review helpful
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    Louise Ipswich, Suffolk United Kingdom 02-27-09
    Louise Ipswich, Suffolk United Kingdom 02-27-09 Listener Since 2004
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    "Wonderful Method, very clear instructions"

    As we have just got a new puppy we got this audio book to listen to in the car on the long drive to take her to the beach - it is wonderful and gives you all you need to know teach your dog good manners in a way that you both enjoy. It does contain difficult subject matter to listen to when she describes the cruelty that she has witnessed, but the positive message of the book shines through. It teaches you all you need to know to manage your dog with Sit, stay etc but goes a lot further than that. There are descriptions of how to stop barking, heal dog anxieties and phobias and good lead walking. She uses treats and clear communication to help the dog learn best. We looked at the paper version of this book and realised that the audio version contains everything the book has. Wonderful book, well worth a purchase.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Reina S.B. 06-30-07
    Reina S.B. 06-30-07

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    "Wise, humane and very useful!"

    Tamar Geller´s audiobook has totally changed and improved my relationship with my one year old Boston Terrier. In her audiobook she explains her philosophy about "dog coaching" by interwining her lifestory and commenting about violent dog training methods that she does not agreee with. She comes from an abusive family and her narrative about this is important because she wants to make the point that violence is no way to raise children nor dogs. I enjoyed every minute of the audiobook because it had a good pace, and because it was well organized, with part one setting the foundation for her philosophy (and it is full of tips) and then Part 2, the actual how-to method. I had seen her on T.V. and one tip she gave totally had my dog having better "manners" and being more "polite" (she says we have to teach dog good manners just like we teach children), so I bought her audiobook and am relieved to have found the help I needed!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    J. Sherman 08-28-07
    J. Sherman 08-28-07
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    "It's OK to love your dog"

    Well, I enjoyed this book. I bought it expecting to learn more about Tamar's methods and I wasn't disappointed. I'm a dog lover and felt like I had finally found someone who shared my beliefs. You see, I'm a softee at heart and always shower my dogs with love and hugs, praise and treats, and they've responded beautifully. I have happy and well behaved dogs with very few problems. If you want another feel good book about loving your dog, get John O'Hurley's "It's OK To Miss The Bed On The First Jump". These are books for people who adore their dogs and recognize them for the abundance of love and playfullness they bring into a home. Throw away the prong collars, forget about endless walks until you're both ready to drop.

    THE LOVED DOG. What a great title. If you have one, you'll know it.





    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Alison Corvallis, OR, United States 03-26-12
    Alison Corvallis, OR, United States 03-26-12 Member Since 2010
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    "interesting book"
    What made the experience of listening to The Loved Dog the most enjoyable?

    Very useful book and nice narration. Rather than just a step-by-step recipe of different dog obedience steps, it teaches how to incorporate those steps and teaching into your daily life and how to have a good attitude towards you dog.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David Fogelsville, PA, United States 12-10-09
    David Fogelsville, PA, United States 12-10-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Wow! what a great idea..."

    Being a longtime dog owner/lover, I've been through all the various "training" methods. This is the first one I've used that really makes the dog motivated to achieve results.
    It even works on my Alaskan Malamute (a breed that separated itself from wolves when it realized that humans with opposable thumbs can feed canned food easier than chewing the cans open on your own (or just eating the human)).
    Only downside.... the name dropping. Who cares?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Louisiana 03-17-09
    Louisiana 03-17-09
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    "Very helpful!"

    This is a great book. Lots of good tips that explain how to think like our dog so we understand each other better. The reader's voice is easy to listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Hoffman Estates, IL, USA 09-04-07
    Robert Hoffman Estates, IL, USA 09-04-07
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    "Finally an approach that makes sense"

    I'm quite the dog lover. I now have two wonderful companions, who unknowingly I was turning against me or confusing beyond belief. After listening to The Loved Dog, several times, and obtaining the printed copy, my loyal canine friends are now closer to me and much better behaved. Having a Border Collie and an Australian Sheppard, thier energy was almost more than I could handle. Now letting them react with one another, and with the rest of the family as a pack, we're all happier, and less stressed. There are times of course, when we are all tried, but I remember the book, and the dealing with the issues, Jumping, barking, etc. It doesn't take long to get everyone back on track. Thanks for the great insight and sharing your knowledge with the world.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Rita Ippolito Buffalo, NY USA 08-22-12
    Rita Ippolito Buffalo, NY USA 08-22-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Outdated"
    What would have made The Loved Dog better?

    The author has outdated information. Her claims are based on subjective observation not objective scientific research. There is plenty out there right now so she has no excuse.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Tamar Geller and Andrea Cagan again?

    Probably not.


    What didn’t you like about Renée Raudman’s performance?

    Sappy voice!! really!??


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jan Erik Sundstrom HELSINGFORS, Finland 07-03-12
    Jan Erik Sundstrom HELSINGFORS, Finland 07-03-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Detailed instructions nicely read!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Loved Dog to be better than the print version?

    Yes, since the reader is very nice and because I don't need to read a book, and no, because the detailed instructions are easier to review in a printed book (which I ordered, since I like the book).


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Loved Dog?

    Her horrible childhood story which made her motivation for her style of dog-training understandable.


    Which character – as performed by Renée Raudman – was your favorite?

    The author herself - and the many dogs who sometimes expressed their thoughts/feelings in human words.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Well my extreme reaction was that I listened to it more than 20 times - and will continue to listen to it.


    Any additional comments?

    Her critique of other trainers are mild and not offensive (as some other reviewers have stated). Her information about dog-mills was new to me and very informative.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "enjoyable and it works"

    this was very enjoyable- both in terms of the content and the narrator's style.
    I've read lots of dog training books and there was lots in this that i hadn't thought of. Tamar is clearly gifted.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    BOLTON, United Kingdom
    8/31/14
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    "Some good information but very irritating."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, i think there are better books that are more straight to the point, while the ideas in this are good overall, they are not presented well.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Tamar Geller and Andrea Cagan again?

    Probably not, it was very self indulgent with long passages dedicated to the authors life experiences and of no value to a reader. I got the reason why she was telling the stories eventually, but they could have been summarised to a much shorter section and still have the same effect.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Renée Raudman?

    The narration was ok. I've heard better bit ive also heard worse


    Was The Loved Dog worth the listening time?

    Eventually there was lots of good information in the book so yes. But it does require you to spend lots of time listening to the authors life story and name dropping before it gets to the useful bits.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a shame because this book could have been very good. The techniques and information is fantastic. But it's all ruined by stories that are far too long and inappropriate.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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