You Can Train Your Dog

Mastering the Art & Science of Modern Dog Training

Non-Fiction - Animals
223 Pages
Reviewed on 05/19/2016
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Author Biography

Pam Dennison, CDBC, CWRI is a member of the DWAA (Dog Writers Association of America) and is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant with the IAABC (International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants), member of The Pet Professional Guild, Truly Dog Friendly and former member of NADOI and Association of Professional Dog Trainers.

She has written for many local, national and international magazines on a myriad of topics. Many of her books and articles have won and been nominated over the years for special awards by the DWAA.

Pam started her own business, Positive Motivation Dog Training, in 1996. Since then she has helped thousands of dogs and handlers build their relationships and solve problems, by teaching basic obedience through competition and working with a myriad of behavioral problems. Pam teaches puppy K, basic obedience through the Canine Good Citizen test, competition obedience, Rally-O and holds regular classes and seminars for aggressive dogs.

Pam is the author five books:

You Can Train Your Dog: Mastering the Art & Science of Modern Dog Training , Shadow Publishing
Bringing Light to Shadow; A Dog Training Diary, Dogwise Publishing
How to Right a Dog Gone Wrong, A Roadmap for Rehabilitating Aggressive Dogs, Shadow Publishing
Click Your Way to Rally Obedience, Alpine Publications
Civilizing the City Dog, Alpine Publications

Three DVD’s:

The R.E.W.A.R.D Zone for Aggressive & Reactive Dogs, 3 DVD set – Shadow Publishing (nominated for Best Training DVD in 2014)
The Magic of Shaping; Explore the Possibilities, Tawzer Dog
Training the Whistle Recall Shadow Publishing (winner of a Maxwell for Best Training DVD)

Five ONLINE classes:

Managing the Multiple Dog Household, Part 1
Managing the Multiple Dog Household, Part 2
You Can Train Your Dog! Mastering the Art & Science of Modern Dog Training
Cleaning Up Your Act; The fussy and meticulous behaviors needed for competition obedience, rally, CDSP, Part 1
Cleaning Up Your Act; The fussy and meticulous behaviors needed for competition obedience, rally, CDSP. Part 2

She speaks on a myriad of topics, including positive training, competition, shaping, Rally obedience and aggression (R.E.W.A.R.D. Zone) across the country and abroad.

She currently lives with three rescued dogs (1 Border Collie and 2 Shetland Sheepdogs) and trains them all for competition.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Sarah Stuart for Readers' Favorite

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.