The Puppy Whisperer: A Compassionate, Non Violent Guide to Early Training and Care Reviews

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The Puppy Whisperer: A Compassionate, Non Violent Guide to Early Training and Care

“I’ve known Paul personally for many years and have faithfully followed his training advice with wonderful results. I can’t recommend him highly enough.” —Jeff Probst, host of Survivor “This is basically a ‘perfect book’…with this knowledge there should be many more well-adjusted canine companions and far fewer dogs being relinquished to shelters. This book is an admirable accomplishment.” —The APDT Chronicle of the Dog (The publication for professional dog trainers) Following the success

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  1. Nicole Wilde "Author "Help for Your Fearf... says:
    45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Every Puppy Owner Needs this Book!, October 20, 2007
    This review is from: The Puppy Whisperer: A Compassionate, Non Violent Guide to Early Training and Care (Paperback)

    Paul Owens is well known as the “original” Dog Whisperer, and has always advocated gentle, compassionate training methods. Continuing on that note, his latest offering, The Puppy Whisperer, focuses on getting puppies off to a good start and preventing problems from ever starting.

    I love that Paul not only discusses the importance of socialization (which is key to how that dog will relate to new people, places, and things for the rest of his life), but gives concrete socialization plans that owners can follow. He also clearly explains the developmental stages that puppies go through, which is vital to understanding behavior, and is not always covered in a puppy primer. Of course, there is also a nicely illustrated section on teaching basic obedience behaviors, complete with the proper use of food treats and how to wean dogs off them. (The tricks section will provide fun for new pups and their owners as well.) As a professional trainer, I highly recommend this book, not only for the actual information, which is invaluable, but for the tone Paul helps owners to set for the lifelong relationship with their puppies; one of respect, love, and compassion.
    – Nicole Wilde, author Energy Healing for Dogs: Using Hands-On Healing to Improve Canine Health and Behavior

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  2. Donovan says:
    36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Good book to get BEFORE you buy a puppy, May 1, 2009
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    This review is from: The Puppy Whisperer: A Compassionate, Non Violent Guide to Early Training and Care (Paperback)

    About a third of the information in this book is about trying to find the right puppy for your family and making sure you have the right kind of environment for the puppy you’re going to get. If, like me, you already have a puppy then about a third of this book is useless to you. The actual training section of the book is not bad, there are some details that one might miss when it comes to teaching the basic commands, but the gist of the entire thing is just that you should condition your puppy using rewards and the occasional (but not severe) punishment. The “compassionate” part of the book is that it encourages the conditioning to be about the right kind of reward and claims that if done right this will allow you to use little to no punishment. But the training part of the book seems to assume you’ve followed the advice in the first part of the book and bought a puppy with the right kind of temperament. If you have a puppy who is acting aggressively, biting or nipping there is not a ton of advice for you in this book. Also, like most puppy books, there is not a ton of advice on puppies and children (except, again, in the buying a puppy section). Overall, not a bad book, but one I would probably only recommend to someone who was going to buy a puppy, not someone who already had one.

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  3. M. Landon "FX Editor" says:
    11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A great way to train your new puppy!, May 28, 2008
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    M. Landon “FX Editor” (Hollywood, CA USA) –
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    This review is from: The Puppy Whisperer: A Compassionate, Non Violent Guide to Early Training and Care (Paperback)

    I used Paul’s book to train my puppy and it has been one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done! His methods are completely reward based and compassion driven so there’s no using pinch or choke collars, something I am very opposed to. I have have had great success overcoming all the normal puppy issues such as potty training, nipping, separation anxiety, and digging by using Paul’s methods.

    All in all I can’t say enough good things about this book!

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