Good Owners, Great Dogs: A Training Manual For Humans And Their Canine Companions

Paperback | September 1, 1999

byBrian Kilcommons, Sarah Wilson

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Instead of Going Out of Your Mind, Get into His. The only American to study and work with the renowned Barbara Woodhouse, Brian Kilcommons solves all those "bad dog" problems that drive owners crazy-and shows you how to raise a puppy into a happy, perfectly behaved dog. The trick is to understand how dogs think, read their body language, and, with the secrets Kilcommons shares in this book, be "fun, fair, and firm." A dog-training guide that gives you immediate results even with an adult dog, this manual trains you, as it gives owners everything they need and everything dogs need to become... Good Owners, Great Dogs Includes specific tips on how to: * housebreak both puppies and adult dogs * teach your dog to come to you regardless of what he's doing * end annoying habits like jumping, food stealing, and barking * prevent aggression and, in many cases, stop it after it has become a problem * use games to teach your dog to obey ...and much more.

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With humans, the great nature versus nurture debate rears its head with regularity. But with dogs, it's pretty simple: while nature, or rather breeding, plays a well-documented role, nurture plays an even bigger one. After reading Kilcommons Good Owners, Great Dogs, that point is made even clearer: an improperly trained human results ...

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Instead of Going Out of Your Mind, Get into His. The only American to study and work with the renowned Barbara Woodhouse, Brian Kilcommons solves all those "bad dog" problems that drive owners crazy-and shows you how to raise a puppy into a happy, perfectly behaved dog. The trick is to understand how dogs think, read their body languag...

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INSTEAD OF GOING OUT OF YOUR MIND, GET INTO HIS.The only American to study and work with the renowned Barbara Woodhouse, Brian Kilcommons solves all those "bad dog" problems that drive owners crazy -- and shows you how to raise a puppy into a happy, perfectly behaved dog. The trick is to understand how dogs think, read their body langu...

Sarah Wilson is the author, and sometimes illustrator, of many books for children, including Big Day on the River and Love and Kisses. She lives in Danville, California.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:September 1, 1999Publisher:Grand Central Publishing

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0446675385

ISBN - 13:9780446675383

Appropriate for ages: 13

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With humans, the great nature versus nurture debate rears its head with regularity. But with dogs, it's pretty simple: while nature, or rather breeding, plays a well-documented role, nurture plays an even bigger one. After reading Kilcommons Good Owners, Great Dogs, that point is made even clearer: an improperly trained human results in an improperly trained dog.Kilcommons -- a professional dog trainer and former student of the famous British trainer Barbara Woodhouse (Walkies anyone?)-- and Wilson, who gives the lead to Kilcommons in this collaboration, get into the head of your pet to help raise a happy, well-behaved puppy and provide solutions to several particularly annoying and sometimes dangerous behaviours in older dogs.These problems run the gamut from the usual barking, chewing, housebreaking and begging to some more problematic issues such as aggression, separation anxiety and possessiveness. Kilcommons and Wilson have littered (pun intended) this manual with helpful photos, but they don't mince words when it comes to putting humans in their place. In the section entitled "Off," we are told that "Jumping dogs are almost always our fault." But he goes on to explain simply and clearly how to deal with the problem. ("If you don't want your dog to jump, don't reward him when he does." Who hasn't petted a leaping dog when greeted enthusiastically at the door.)Your relationship with your dog will last a long time and Kilcommons and Wilson give you all the information and the tools you need to train yourself to be a good human to your pet.