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Dog Training the American Male: A Novel by Steve Alten is a comic novel about using dog training techniques on men to achieve positive results. Nancy is a relationship advice guru who is set up on a blind date with Jacob. Jacob doesn't have a job or a clue, but their respective families are desperate to push both of them along and encourage them to take the next step. This, naturally, goes horribly wrong and Jacob's answer is to get a dog. Not a cute little dog, but a hulking hound that isn't exactly well-trained. Nancy sees an opportunity, however, to use this as a training method for Jacob as well, and uses many of the same techniques on him.
The story starts off with a bang and is raunchy and hilarious throughout. The humor is reminiscent of a pre-political correctness culture where nothing was sacred and comedians could say anything they pleased. The dialogue is witty and quick with a lot of really snappy moments that deserve to be read aloud (an audiobook is also available) or told on a stage. The side characters were intentionally over-the-top and really helped bring the story together. Some of the jokes were certainly not meant for men, but that didn't diminish the story in any way and actually made it even more entertaining throughout as all of the situations and side-characters were introduced and the various circumstances played out. A really fun read! All in all, Dog Training the American Male: A Novel by Steve Alten is a real winner that women will love and many men will enjoy as well!