It’s Me or the Dog: How to Have the Perfect Pet

It’s Me or the Dog: How to Have the Perfect Pet

It's Me or the Dog: How to Have the Perfect Pet

Canine expert Victoria Stilwell shows readers how to train their dogs out of even the most difficult and persistent bad behaviors. It’s Supernanny for your dogVictoria Stilwell is one of the world’s most recognized and respected dog trainers. As the host of Britain’s hit television series It’s Me or the Dog and the founder of training schools on both sides of the Atlantic, she is known as much for her spunky attitude as for her caring, effective methods. Now, in her first book, Victoria shows ho

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  1. 82 of 85 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent all-around training guide, May 23, 2007
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    citywulf (Atlanta, Georgia USA) –

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    This review is from: It’s Me or the Dog: How to Have the Perfect Pet (Paperback)

    This clearly written book covers all the essential topics (including some that many books overlook) in a very accessible way. The author believes in leadership, but she also stresses that your job is to help your dog learn to live in a human world. Her philosophy: “Training is not about imposing types of behavior on your dog that are alien to his nature. It’s not about making your dog fearful or breaking his will. It’s giving him the tools to live in your world.” Her advice is practical and effective, and for “show me” people, her tv series is also excellent.

    Chapters:

    Think Dog/understanding your dog

    Talk Dog/communicating with your dog

    Dog School/basic obedience training

    Dog’s Dinner/feeding your dog the right diet

    Accidents Will Happen/how to house-train your dog

    You’ll Never Walk Alone/exercising your dog

    Ain’t Misbehaving/teach your dog how to live in your world

    Worker’s Playtime/how to have fun with your dog

    For those looking for problem-solving guides with a similar practical, positive approach, try Outwitting Dogs: Revolutionary Techniques For Dog Training That Work!.

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  2. 115 of 122 people found the following review helpful
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    Absolute must for dog owners – FANTASTIC!!!, March 12, 2007
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    Brian

    This review is from: It’s Me or the Dog: How to Have the Perfect Pet (Paperback)

    This book is wonderful. A friend of mine who lives in England ordered it for me, as Victoria Stilwell has a dog training TV show (‘It’s Me or the Dog’) over there that started around the same time as Cesar Millan’s Dog Whisperer show here. Apparently, the show is coming to Animal Planet in the US in April.

    First of all, the book is beautiful. Could be a coffee table book in its own right considering the beautiful photography and layout. It’s presented so that you can flip around from chapter to chapter as needed, which is nice for a dog training book. I’d recommend reading it all the way through first, though, as you get a real sense of her philosophy that way.

    Which is the best thing about the book. The whole concept is to try to get us dog owners to view things from a dog’s point of view and understand the reasons behind the behavior we’re trying to change in our dogs. She still says to treat the dog like an animal and not a child, but it really opened my eyes about how and why certain things were happening, and I feel like my relationship with my dog (which was great before I read it) is even better now. It’s like discovering there’s another plane from which you can view things. Very positive-reward-based training methods which have worked wonders for us so far. Really easy to read yet intelligently presented.

    My friend in England says Victoria is the biggest name in dog training there now because of her show, and after reading her book, I can see why. Good for dog lovers or dog owners. Even if you’ve got everything sorted out between you and your dog, you’ll love this book, as it’s truly a celebration of dogs and our relationship with them, as well as a fantastic training tool. A must for all dog people!!!

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