“Good Dog Behaviour by Choice with Positive Canine Coaching” by Sally Gutteridge

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Written by: Laura

Laura is founder of Easy Peasy Obedience, and works in positive methods based on teamwork and games, and with focus on minimising frustration in the training - for both dog and human.

Published: December 6, 2021

It’s much better to teach an alternative choice than just ask a dog to stop making an unhelpful one and leaving a gap in its place.

Sally Gutterridge

Why did I read this book?

In all honesty, because I like Sally’s writing. But, with that confession out of the way, I also read this book because I’m addicted to choice training. If you also want to learn how to teach your dog to make the best choices and make training a breeze, do keep reading.

What does this book do?

This book starts out with a bit of geeky introduction about our dogs as a species, but that’s really knowledge we should possess if we want the best understanding of our four-legged friends.
Then it moves on to describe how our dogs learn, but not in a deep, complicated scientific way. It goes about the task in easy-to-read English, and by the end of that little section, you’ll need to blink a few times and realize that you just learned a whole bunch in a few short pages.
From here on, the book turns into a manual, containing 10 exercises that will save the sanity of every dog owner out there. It’s little things to build a relationship, communication, trust, and by section 10 you’ll be diving into one of the most overlooked skills in everyday dog training: Calmness!
So this book basically teaches you the basics of what working with dogs means and how we do it most effectively and more importantly, in the kindest fashion.
The book also punctuates every chapter with a list of takeaway points, to help process the information best, throughout the book.

What does this book not do? 

I know this is a starting trend with my choices of reading, but this is not the book for you if you want to teach your dog how to sit, lie down, and hop through hoops. And yet, it actually is, because it builds the foundation of the relationship you need with your dog to teach those tricks.
It also doesn’t go deep into the nitty-gritty details of how dogs learn (if you want that, drop “How Dogs Learn” by Buch and Bailey into your basket), but honestly, that’s fine for the vast majority of dog people.

Where do I get this book?

You get this book on Amazon. Sadly it’s out of print, so it’s only available as an e-book, but it still does this job. Unfortunately, this also means no cute pics of book posing doggos. My sincerest apologies to my readers.
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