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In this book, renowned dog trainer Pat Miller gives you the positive training tools you need to ensure that you and your dog share a lifetime of fun, companionship, and respect. By following her step-by-step, six-week basic training program, you'll learn how to develop a relationship with your dog based on friendship and positive reinforcement, not fear and punishment. Plus, you'll get:

Information on the importance of observing, understanding, and reacting appropriately to your dog's body language.

Instructions on how to phase out the use of a clicker and treats to introduce more advanced training concepts.

Suggestions for delicious treats your dog will respond to.

Whether you've never trained a dog or are just switching over to positive training, with Pat's proven method you'll discover that training your four-legged friend is easy, fun, and effective.

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©2008 Pat Miller (P)2015 Tantor

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Excellent

I usually do not write reviews and this one will definitely not be exhaustive, but I had to give this book a standing ovation. This is partly because of how well my new pup has responded to this type of training! The other is that this book has completely changed my mindset on training. In the past I have always used "negative reinforcement". It has worked in the past, but I have to admit it has been way more enjoyable and easier training for both myself and my new pup using this method! This book has set out a very simple and organized schedule that builds on each week and was perfect for me with my super busy schedule. Can't say enough good about the book. I also bought the kindle version for quick reference. If your on the fence...buy the book, read from cover to cover and train your pup!

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extremely helpful

a must read for anyone planning or that currently owns a dog. I thought I knew how to train dogs. Now I can translate English to dogs. we are both much happier now!

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amazing voice, amazing content.

as a dog trainer myself I found it very helpful as a way to structure and offer my belief that positive dog training is the way to go. Look no further than this book to train your dog by yourself

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loved it
it covers everything from regular dog training to dealing with issues and aggression in ways that 9really work. It turned my dog around . She was becoming quite aggressive even biting, now she is becoming a new dog. Happy, pleasant and not aggressive, but it takes patients and being consistent. These training methods really work. I'll never go back to the old way of doing it.

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Very good book.

If you have a dog PLEASE read this.
I have yet to read a better book on dogs and owners. My family has no dog training training, but I've been around dogs since I was a baby. (40ish years) this is the closest thing to how my dad would train his his dogs. For the record I've lived with over 100 dogs and have never once been bitten. :) this book is encouraging.

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Every dog owner should listen to or read this

This audiobook clearly explains the mind and behavior of dogs and how to train them in a positive way. Anyone who wants to train their dog well and have an excellent relationship with them for a lifetime this book is worth the listen

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I feel much more ready to adopt a rescue now!

I was a small child when I last had a dog in the family, and my wife has never had a pet of any kind. When we first discussed adopting a rescue, we agreed that we needed to first have our own house with a yard, and we had to be prepared to spend the time to train and adjust the future family member to work well and smoothly together. Now, two years after first discussing this, we have a place with a yard, and have taken the time to prepare.

We have a few books in print, Kindle, and this audio book. This audio book has proven to be my favorite -- the reader has a pleasant and easy to hear voice. The material is well organized. and I appreciate that it covers not just what techniques to try, but a bit of the background about why those methods should work. Many of the lessons have alternative options if the main technique isn't working, and all lessons have a troubleshooting section at the end, and some pointers about common pitfalls.

While we have not yet adopted, so I can't vouch for the efficacy of the training yet, I can say that pre reading this made me far more comfortable. I will be re listening to this as I go through the individual lessons.

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Not bad, but there are better books

I'm into the middle of the audiobook. let me start by saying it's not a bad or horrible book. There are simply better books (Lucky Dog, Dog Training Reveloution, ect), less mundane and by people who didn't start training dogs solely by pain.

I've never herd of someone pinching their dogs ear so hard their mouth opened to train recall. Because of her pain training method her dog was terrified and she realized why it was wrong. But this seems to have caused her some trama as well.

Positive reinforcement is great and effective but not a 100% fix all. I'm not saying you should beat your dog by any means.

So for example Pat believes a halter collar is bad, a shock collar is bad, ect. Properly used these are tools, not punishments, not painful. A novice thinking a shock collar is supposed to only or ever be used as a taser is one thing, a trainer thinking it is another. Waterfoul hunters would laugh at her misguided understanding of shock collars. They're not for causing pain, EVER!

Does your dog get into the garbage. That doesn't need trained out or corrected you should simply be the more intelligent being and lock it up, hide it, or remove it entirely, according to Pat.

I can't wait to see what she says about counter surfing. Get rid of the counters, don't let your dog near the counters? There are solutions that are not abusive to these problems.

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Great Read!

I loved how she used examples of dogs she has met in her own life. It made it easier to follow. However, as an audio book, it can get rather repetitive to hear each training suggestion in a row with no breaks in the book.

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Simple, clear and effective

A great book for those who want to get into basic dog training. Entertaining and easy to put into practice.

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  • nadia marzocco
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a must

clearly stated truths and easy to understand and follow guidelines. helps keep dogs happy and alive.

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  • Chels
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perfect for new owners to training

this book is fab and well written. It is easy to understand and perfect for anyone who not only wants to understand clicker training but also learn some techniques to teach your dog all sorts of commands.

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  • Jasperlucy
  • 03-22-18

Excellent

What did you like most about The Power of Positive Dog Training?

Just that the whole book is really positive and encourages a relationship between you and your dog.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

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