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You Can Train Your Dog: Mastering the Art & Science of Modern Dog Training by Pamela Dennison is a clear and comprehensive guide for anyone who owns a dog, is thinking about buying a puppy, or adopting a dog from a rescue centre. Eighteen chapters are packed with advice for the average person to follow. Ms Dennison offers practical ideas about how training can be incorporated into a busy working life. The emphasis is on positive, non-confrontational methods; punishment for “bad” behaviour does not work. It is completed by an appendix containing links to every website a dog owner might need, whether they want an obedient pet that may be accepted by a pet therapy group, or a dog able to compete in one of many disciplines from agility to dancing.
Pamela Dennison’s book, You Can Train Your Dog: Mastering the Art & Science of Modern Dog Training, explains the science and the art behind successful dog training so her methods can be seen to be rock solid. “Punishment is like a nuclear bomb; if the blast doesn’t get you, the fallout will.” As a dog handler/trainer for obedience competition and the stage, I agree 100%. This is an excellent guide for any dog owner, illustrated throughout with photographs that show exactly how a dog demonstrates its reaction to handling, strangers, aggressive dogs, and a great deal more, and the saying “a picture paints a thousand words” has been used to full advantage. If I could award ten stars to You Can Train Your Dog, I would.