I read a lot of books and this section is devoted to sharing my thoughts about them. My reviews are not necessarily blanket approvals and should not be read as such. However, I will not review a book if I have nothing nice to say about it. I have (some) standards.
This is the reason behind the construction of my reviews because no book should be taken to gospel and there will always be something they can’t do. And that’s okay. I will question the content. Even if it’s big, fancy names on the cover. Some books will have me super excited and have very little I find fault with. This is super nice when it happens. Other books will have me frowning deeply and have me wonder if it’s worth it, but still I will chase the gold nuggets. I will, to the extent of my abilities, read the books with the glasses of average people, if I see them recommended for the average dog owner. It’s not unusual I disagree with these recommendations to some degree post reading. I invite people to discuss my observations on the books, if they have read the material. And I thank you all for reading and showing interest in my reviews. It means a lot to me and it is a great inspiration to keep going thank you!
“It is our view that in order to grow into a great dog, your puppy does not need lots of training, he just needs love, understanding, some good habits and the chance to be a dog!” – Stephanie Rousseau and Turid Rugaas
“We must learn to listen to what the dog is telling us.” – Turid Rugaas
“He’ll be a friend to come home to, everyone who knows him love and adore him, and you will be proud that he is yours.” – Gwen Bailey
“He knows how to cope with the world as it is, because his handler gave him time to check things out.” – Grisha Stewart
“Easy never has mattered. Possible is what matters.” – Lyudmila Trut
“Lots of people are completely unaware of dog dementia until their dog starts behaving oddly. I was.” – Eileen Anderson
“We should not just think about preventing harm, but also about providing good experiences” – Zazie Todd
“Succesful training is teamwork!” – Simone Mueller
“Every book that I write is needed somewhere in the dog world, but none more than this one.” – Sally Gutteridge
“Confused yet? So are the researchers so you’re in good company.” – Ellen Furlong
“Having a realistic understanding of what your dog needs will allow you to adjust your expectations about your dog.” – Kim Brophy
“…consequences are everywhere. Somme are immediate; others loom in the horizon to be anticipated or evaded. They’re good, they’re awful, they’re everything in between. They work for tigers and for turtles – and for us.” – Susan M. Schneider
“The antidote to captivity is freedom. Clearly, there is a basic tension between captivity and freedom, and dogs exist within this zone of uncertainty.” – Marc Bekoff and Jessica Pierce
“What about lying quietly while your owner is in the midst of an important business call? This is, as every dog owner quickly learns, where dog biscuits enter the picture.” – Martin P. Levin
“The two of you can look forward to a life of joy and companionship together.” – Pat Miller
“A good life requires three things: health, freedom from pain and negative emotions, and lots of activities to turn on SEEKING and PLAY.” – Temple Grandin
“Do not be so concerned about teaching your dog so much obedience. Instead, think about and develop your relationship with your dog – the rest will follow by itself.” – Turid Rugaas
“Remember, every time you push too far and too fast, you are undoing your previous work. Be the tortoise!” – Deborah A. Jones
“We owe it to our dogs to really learn and understand their history, their instincts and innate needs, and their body language, so that we can communicate effectively with them, and make sure they are as happy as possible…” – Rebeca Mas
“That’s why when it comes to teaching dogs, always resist shortcuts and favour the more thorough approach instead.” – Zak George
“If you want your dog to respect you, you must also respect your dog.” – Turid Rugaas
“You can tell the worrying thing to back off or simply turn tail and get her out of there; whip your delicate dog away, like a true hero ninja warrior.” – Sally Gutteridge
“Ethology makes clear that dogs display dominance, but that doesn’t mean that dominance has any place in dog training or teaching.” – Marc Bekoff
“On the other hand, if you train a dog the way we train dolphins – through positive reinforcement – the dog behaves just like a dolphin: he becomes eager, attentive, precise, co-operative, and capable of a fantastic performance.” – Karen Pryor
”Our goal is to provide alternatives and answers to help modern families live happier, healthier lives with their pets with no need for crates” – Emma and Ray Lincoln
“It’s important to the keepers to keep the animals healthy and happy.” – Bill, keeper at the magical Zoo
“We are here to tell you that there is no better expert on your dog than you!” – Tom Mitchell and Lauren Langman
“…this technique allows dogs to reach a deeper level of consciousness about themselves, their human companions and their own skills.” – Claudia Fugazza
“A growl in many instances is considered a sinful act when really it’s beautiful, perfect communication.” – Sally Gutteridge
“I’m SO happy I have to pick up my toy!” – Probably your dog
“Put away your phone and interact!” – Nando Brown, School of Canine Science
“There’s no question that dogs can have strong emotions, and some dogs behave as though they are in a state of terror when their owners leave.” – Patricia B. McConnell
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"Make no mistake about it: predation is pure happiness for dogs.” Why did I get this book? Because I have a terrier. And my terrier is a hunter. She lives for the chase and because I have had lots of success with bird recalls after reading Ulli Reichman’s book, I...