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Victoria Stilwell, positive reinforcement dog trainer and star of the hit Animal Planet TV show, It's Me or the Dog, explains how to use her force-free, scientifically-backed training methods to solve common canine behavior problems. Victoria Stilwell, America's favorite no-nonsense trainer, has rehabilitated some of the world's most difficult dogs- and now she's revealingVictoria Stilwell, positive reinforcement dog trainer and star of the hit Animal Planet TV show, It's Me or the Dog, explains how to use her force-free, scientifically-backed training methods to solve common canine behavior problems. Victoria Stilwell, America's favorite no-nonsense trainer, has rehabilitated some of the world's most difficult dogs- and now she's revealing her scientifically proven behavioral training secrets for you to use at home. Victoria's all-new training guide shows how positive reinforcement is more effective than other methods: by changing the way your dog thinks, feels, and learns, you can actually encourage your dog to want to behave. With tips and tricks for understanding canine language, harnessing the power of reward-based training, and tapping into dogs' natural instincts, there are no hopeless cases! So get ready to boost your dog's confidence, improve your communication, and build your bond with your best friend today....

Title : Train Your Dog Positively: Understand Your Dog and Solve Common Behavior Problems Including Separation Anxiety, Excessive Barking, Aggression, Housetraining, Leash Pulling, and More!
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Train Your Dog Positively: Understand Your Dog and Solve Common Behavior Problems Including Separation Anxiety, Excessive Barking, Aggression, Housetraining, Leash Pulling, and More! Reviews

  • Kari
    2019-06-05 13:10

    I began reading Train Your Dog Positively on a plane, appreciating its well-written, scientifically backed explanation of dog psychology mixed with anecdotes about Stilwell's own dogs and client dogs.On page 51, I had to nudge my boyfriend to take off his earphones and listen to this:"When we pet a dog lovingly, for example, the warmth and happiness we feel comes from a release into the bloodstream of oxytocin — a “bonding” hormone that has a powerful effect on dogs and humans. Dr. Kerstin Uvnas-Moberg, a doctor and professor of physiology and a pioneer in the study of oxytocin, studied this hormone release by taking blood samples from dogs and their owners before and during a petting session. When owners stroked their dogs, they had a release of oxytocin similar to what mothers experience while nursing babies."Interestingly, petting also triggered a burst of oxytocin in the dogs themselves. Miho Nagasawah, of the Department of Animal Science and Biotechnology at Azabu University in Japan, showed that even eye contact between a dog and human causes an increase in oxytocin. This interaction between our two species has a powerful physiological effect on both of us, promoting feelings of love and attachment while lowering blood pressure and heart rate, soothing pain, and lessening stress." Oh my god, yes. Forget eye contact, I feel releases of oxytocin just by saying my dogs’ names!Cross-posted from

  • Sam
    2019-06-05 12:01

    Pretty good. I think I am looking for more of a "how to" with steps but this was still worth the read. I respect V. Stilwell's explanation of dog behavior and feel like it helps me with my pup. There is an obvious difference in how my pup behaves when I am patient and positive with her vs when I am impatient.

  • Michelle Brandstetter
    2019-06-09 16:53

    Excellent book for training dogs based on science and compassion. I highly recommend this one for anyone training a puppy or trying to train and adult dog, heck, any dog.

  • Robin Chalk
    2019-06-02 13:03

    Simple, kind, deals with basic training as well as problem-solving. Helped me understand the dog's point of view.

  • Melissa
    2019-06-03 16:59

    Great Information This book outlines so many aspects of building a relationship with your dog, not just making them do things you ask.

  • Minna
    2019-05-27 12:04

    As usual, Victoria Stilwell delivers an excellent guide to dog training. I'm already "converted", so I kind of skimmed the initial chapters on why positive training is so important (complete with tons of examples). That being said, there is a HUGE benefit to reading those sections if you are new to the idea of positive training, and I wish I could force all my friends with dogs to sit down and read it too. I did pick up a handful of tips and things to try with my dog, but ultimately the issues I was most hoping to read about weren't covered in the book. Should I be proud that my dog is unique, and doesn't give me "garden variety" problems? Or should I be irritated that she's such a hard nut to crack? LOL. There were no real solutions for my personal "problems": (A) a very intelligent, very energetic dog who is frankly BORED by her people and the level and quality of the entertainment her people provide her (despite hours of attempts, I failed to turn myself into the desired squirrel-shaped small furry prey animal she is hoping for), and (B) random hostility to other dogs following two consecutive attacks by loose dogs. With regards to (C), rampant food stealing, Victoria's solution is Don't leave it out, and Give her something else to do. Tried both already! Don't leave it out works okay but Give her something else to do doesn't last all that long... and no puzzle can compete with a basted platter of barbecue ribs. LOL!!!Don't let me dissuade you. This is a great book. I would highly, highly, highly recommend it to anyone looking to train their dog to be a well-behaved friend and family member. It's not Victoria's fault my dog is such a wierdo :-)

  • Jeanne Daly
    2019-06-10 10:12

    I'm a dog walker and pet sitter and I've always enjoyed watching "It's Me or the Dog" so I was pretty sure that I would enjoy this book by Victoria Stillwell. Her common sense, easy to follow advice is great for first time dog owners as well as people who have had dogs in their lives for many years. I have done my best to use positive training methods for quite some time and as a dog walker and pet sitter I am always looking for ways to not only improve my own skills but to also help dogs and their owners. Even though pet parents aren't hiring me to train their dogs they certainly want their dogs in the care of a professional who will keep their dog safe and happy and I have the unique opportunity to use the positive methods that Victoria Stillwell covers in her book. Her down to earth, positive advice can help everyone to see the world through the eyes, ears, and nose of a dog and if you work on her techniques everyday your pup will be much happier and content. I plan on keeping this one on my bookshelf so I can refer to it when I'm faced with the challenges of my own dogs as well as the ones that I'm taking care of.

  • Vicky
    2019-06-07 17:00

    It's a good book. I had watched all episodes of her show "It's Me or The Dog" available on AppleTV, so I knew I would like her training methods. There were a lot of techniques I already knew from the show, but it's good to have easy reference to them, especially since I read this book on kindle and was able to highlight and make some notes. There are many parts of the book that aren't training specifically, such as: neurological and biological information about the way dogs function, dog bite awareness and her position against force or punitive based training techniques. I wasn't particularly interested in these topics when I purchased the book, but it's good information nonetheless. At the end of the book she shares many titles of other books based on positive training and I really liked this. I'll probably refer to this list when I want to read another book about dogs. I wanted to read her first book, but it's not available for kindle right now and it's not easy to find books in English here in Germany.

  • Mandie Kok
    2019-05-25 16:50

    I've watched plenty of episodes of It's Me or the Dog and found Victoria Stillwell's approach very humane and apparently effective. Although I don't have dogs of my own right now, I encounter many poorly trained dogs and I was hoping to find some strategies for preventing them from jumping onto me, as well as to learn how to read dog signals/body language.Although the book offers suitable strategies to train your dog without harsh punishments, I found it a little bit overwhelming and difficult to follow. There is something about the way the chapters are structured that didn't flow very well for me. I suppose what I was expecting was an introduction to selecting and bringing home a dog and then a step-by-step training programme, what to teach first and so on. Instead you have to look up the problem you're trying to address (jumping/barking etc) and follow the suggested training protocol.This is not a bad dog training book, but it is not the first one I would recommend for beginner trainers or new dog owners.

  • Kim
    2019-06-07 16:46

    I rated this only four stars, not because it was a crap read or anything, but because I read it for a very specific purpose, not for enjoyment. Victoria does a great job of slamming forceful, aggressive training techniques and then explaining how/why her positive training system works better. I have been a fan of her and her training for years now. I checked out this book to help my basenji/bully mix learn to NOT destroy the house. I have done obedience and agility with him both positively, but staying alone in the house is a challenge for him. She gave me a lot of good ideas which I have started to implement. Hopefully things work out.

  • Marianne
    2019-06-14 16:01

    Thank you Victoria Stilwell!I don’t get an opportunity to read pet books, and as a farmer vision viewer I don’t have access to many of these shows, so having a book to read was very helpful. I learned many new training tips and once implemented, my dogs and I are much happier. I am very grateful to have had a chance to have a sneak peek into this book. It is easy to understand and follow.Marianne CurtisAuthorFinding Gloria

  • Erin
    2019-06-13 12:51

    I got this book because I've watched and enjoyed Victoria Stillwell's TV show It's Me or the Dog. Now that we have a puppy, her positive reinforcement approach seemed like the best fit. Reading this book and checking out some of the videos on her website have been very helpful. I feel like we're off to a really good start with our super-smart, remarkably stubborn shelter dog, and we're teaching her to be part of our family in a way that emphasizes kindness and communication. Highly recommend.

  • Carly Vair
    2019-06-05 13:47

    Victoria Stilwell's commitment to bettering the lives of dogs through force-free, scientifically-grounded training is worth five stars in and of itself, but the fact that she managed to translate her philosophy and techniques into such a readable book is fantastic. Every single person who has a dog or is thinking of getting a dog needs to read this book.

  • Tennille
    2019-06-10 15:53

    The advice in the book is very sound and I would definitely recommend it both for current dog owners, and also for prospective owners. It's always good to know as much about training as possible. Aside from the typos, which are obviously a pet peeve of mine, it's excellent.

  • Amy
    2019-05-27 13:01

    "... the great thing about scientific fact is that you are free to disagree with it, but you'll still be wrong.""We are brought up in a culture that teaches us to consciously feel guilty, ashamed, or embarrassed for things that we have done."

  • Alejandra
    2019-05-29 08:50

    Mostly information about dog psychology and behaviour - very interesting stuff! Main takeway for most of the examples was to make sure to give proper exercise and mental stimulation to dogs.Has also one chapter on common behaviour problems, with pointers to teaching several useful cues.

  • Karen
    2019-06-11 11:14

    Good book on how/why positive training works, but you really need to read the book. It isn't a super easy reference book to look up "how do I do this training again?" as the training tips are written within other text.

  • Salem
    2019-05-21 14:47

    This book has really good tips on how to train your dog. I was in a program where I was able to tain a service dog and most of the techniques she used we use to train our dogs. There's even little games that she explains that you can play to help train the dog.

  • Dixie
    2019-06-04 10:53

    A lot of info I knew, but good reminders and some specific tips that were useful.Read on Kindle from the Library, will borrow again for tips at times.

  • Nancy
    2019-06-17 15:02

    Incredibly helpful and easy to read! I highly recommend this book to anyone with a dog.

  • Felicia
    2019-06-04 14:55

    Great tips and method for dog training.

  • Amanda Shannon
    2019-06-13 08:55

    Loved how engaging and informative this book is. I read it in one sitting and will put what I learned into practice.

  • Susanne
    2019-06-08 13:59

    These suggestions, done over time, will create a more attached and stable pet.

  • Tracy
    2019-06-02 09:12

    Victoria's book is excellent, and full of practical no nonsense advice and easy to follow training methods. It's going to be my training bible from on.

  • Pam
    2019-05-26 15:03

    Excellent writing style from the trainer with style and grace. No yanking necessary! Love the show - It's Me or the Dog, her training style and books. Super!