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So Your Dog's Not Lassie: Tips for Training Difficult Dogs and Independent Breeds

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A book by Betty Fisher

   OK.You're dog doesn't live to please you. There, we've said it. Contrary to what you've always heard, not all dogs want to earn their owner's approval. Sometimes they seem as if they could not care less. But this is no … see full wiki

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Lots of good tips

  • Jul 6, 2010
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I came across this book while browsing the used books at Goodwill. Awesome find! I have a tendency to chose dogs who are very intelligent and this usually means they have a definite mind of their own. This book has a lot of great tips for independent-minded dogs. I am raising my first puppy completely on my own (not a family dog) and would like him to be very well-behaved. This book has helped me grasp an understanding of what the more intelligent dogs require in making them want to work for you. 

There were a couple things I didn't like much about the book... 
-There are several boxes of information set out from the text. These have good pointers and I like the general idea but the boxes are mostly set in the middle of paragraphs (and a lot of times in the middle of sentences) which distracts from the portion being read. It would have been a lot more effective to place these boxes at the end of the section. This might just be personal preference but I found it distracting. 
-There was a lot of information on competitions thrown in with the normal training stuff. There is a chapter at the end dedicated to training and I think ALL of the training stuff should have been stuck at the back, in this section. 

Those are only minor complaints though, in comparison with what I learned from the book. I loved it and can't wait to start implementing some of the tips provided.

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