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Raising Rover: Breed-By-Breed Training from Afghans to Yorkies [Copertina rigida]

Judith Halliburton


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12 di 14 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
1.0 su 5 stelle This book was very disapointing 22 febbraio 2000
Di Un cliente - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina flessibile
I like the idea of a book that addresses breed differences for training. I was very disapointed in that the author, though she discusses different breeds, only advocates one type of collar for training - a choke chain. She says other types of collars are "useless or downright ridiculous". I don't agree with this. The training that she advocates is very traditional, and there are many books that explain it better and more thoroughly. Her descriptions of the breeds of dogs have several major flaws, which made me question all of her observations. She seems to have confused Bull Terriers with Pit Bulls (not!) and American Staffordshire Terriers with Staffordshire Bull Terriers. There is a lot of confusion amoung the general public about the "Bull & Terrier" breeds, but a book claiming to give information about the different breeds should have the correct information. She refers to Australian Cattle Dogs as "Blue & Red Heelers" which is the vernacular in many rural areas, but not the correct name of the breed. And they were not bred to herd sheep, but cattle. Nor were corgis bred to herd sheep. And Rottweilers do not weigh 200 pounds. Some of the breed temperament characteristics she talks about are correct, many more are not at all what I have observed over many years in dogs.I could go on but I will quit there. The book made me nuts. I'm glad I bought it on a half price sale. If I had paid the full price I would have been even more irritated.
4 di 4 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle Yes! Pugs are neither Border Collies nor Borzois 8 gennaio 2000
Di Kimberly Borrowdale - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina rigida
RAISING ROVER is definitely different from any other training book I've ever encountered, in that it concentrates on training tips and methods by breed of dog. In addition, I think it would be a marvelous book for would-be dog owners to peruse to help them decide which breed is right for them.
The book starts with a 95 page general training section, the usual housetraining, obedience, dog pack "pecking order," and problem solving. I always find it useful to read these sectiosn because each author/trainer (Halliburton is an animal behaviorist and trainer) has different methods and new viewpoints and tidbits to add. Halliburton includes a chapter called, "It's Okay, It's Okay" about the pitfalls of trying to comfort one's dog in times of stress such as visits to the vet, loud thunderstorms, strange people, and the like.
Then comes 175 pages of breed profiles--profiles of 87 of the most popular breeds (sorry, no Clumber Spaniel, Ibizan Hound, or Dogue de Bordeaux). The basis of these profiles is, of course, that well-bred purebred dogs (i.e. not bred willy-nilly at puppy mills--DO NOT buy from them or from pet stores!) have certain predictable behaviors for each breed, and particular ways of reacting, learning, and getting along with others.
Each profile includes:
What the dog was originally bred for: Basenjis were bred in Africa to act as guides to hunters and warn their human if there was a lion or some other dangerous animal in the vacinity.
Housetraining tips: you can't tell if a Bloodhoud pup needs to go out just because he's sniffing the floor, becauses he's *always* sniffing the floor and everything else; if your Bulldog pup starts sniffing the floor, whisk him outside immediately; Poodles are one of the easiest to housetrain.
Personality: Dachshunds can be problem barkers because they all think they're Mastiffs; Cocker Spaniels get along great with children and will happily follow them anywhere; Pekingese "have more guts than brains...wouldn't hesitate to protect you from a lion" (a Peke is a toy breed weighing no more than 15 pounds); "Vizslas are an odd mix of hardy hunter and nervous wreck."
Training: Boxers, Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, Rottweilers and Samoyeds are some of the breeds that need strong leadership from their human; "Borzois can be very bullheaded if you're asking them to do something they don't want to do or see no point in doing. On the other hand...these dogs are polite and well-mannered automatically;" regarding Border Collies, "There is very little you can't train this dog to do. And what you don't train Rover to do, he'll probably figure out for himself." (Then follows a great anecdote about a BC who learned out to get ice from the dispenser in the door of the refrigerator).
Environment needed, including active (Irish Setters) or sedate (Great Pyrenees), how they get along with children of various age groups (Chihuahuas are great with teenagers but not good with small children) and the elderly (Minature Pinscher), whether they can be latchkey dogs, whether they get along with other dogs in the household, if they can live happily in an apartment (yes, Great Danes can do it), how much exercise is required/tolerated.
Halliburton is also clear on the disadvantages of each breed: which tend to bark (Alaskan Eskimos, Pomeranians) dig (Alaskan Malamutes), drool (St. Bernards), and snore (Boston Terriers, Bulldogs, Pugs--of course when *my* Pug snores, it's a comforting lullaby to me, not a disadvantage at all!)
What if you have a mixed breed dog? Well, if you know that it's a Chow/Siberian Husky cross, you just read the profiles of those two breeds and observe your dog to see how they combine in him. If you get a dog from a shelter (a very commendable act!) and it seems to have some Doberman, German Shephard, and Golden Retriever, read about those breeds.
In the You Learn Something New Every Day department, here's something I've *never* heard of before: because Great Danes originated as a breed around 300-400 BC, the different colors (fawn, brindle, black, etc) have different temperaments. I wonder what the Great Dane people have to say about that.
Halliburton doesn't talk about a dog's size, grooming requirements, and that sort of thing because she's assuming you already have your dog, so for this reason this book isn't a great stand-alone guide to choosing a breed, but it's got a lot of insightful information on the subject, and can be exceptionally helpful in training.
Kimberly Borrowdale Under the Covers Book Reviews
3 di 3 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle Great advice plus special breed concerns 15 ottobre 1998
Di Un cliente - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina flessibile
I found this book to be easy to use and simple to implement. Love of dogs permeates the book, while the author explains such tricky subjects as displacement (why he tears up the sofa when you're gone) and hierarchies (how people make their little dogs into terrors.) The biggest and best part of the book is the breed by breed breakdown where all that the author has taught you before gets highlighted according to the breed of dog. She tells the tale of a Great Dane who really didn't want to run the family, and how the family's futon furniture confused him into thinking he was the top dog. If a breed is hard to housebreak, she explains why and how to get around it, and goes into the mindset of many breeds as a training tool. I read dog training books all the time, and this one is full of great ideas and a real empathy for dogs that should let anyone get closer to their dog. Humane training, emphasizing psychological methods, is the best way to train your dog, and with this book there should be nothing you can't do with Rover!
5 di 6 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
1.0 su 5 stelle Misrepresentation of Breed Preferences 25 giugno 2001
Di Un cliente - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina rigida
As I an owner of several Borzois (Russian Wolfhounds), I was shocked to see that Ms. Halliburton states "Borzois come originally from Arabia, so even cool weather might keep them in the house." She also says the breed likes to be outside, especially in the warmer months.
One theory of many about the development of the Borzoi is that they originated from a pair of Salukis, greatly valued by Arabian nobility, being given to a ruler of Russia. However, this theory goes on to say the Salukis could not withstand the Russian winters and so, were bred with a heavy coated native Russian canine to produce the Borzoi.
Borzois come from Russia and were bred to not only survive, but enjoy the cold climate there. Not only do my Borzois dislike heat, they have a low tolerance for it and must be protected from heat stroke.
While her description of their termperament and attitude toward training was accurate, this error about the best environment for this wonderful breed could prove deadly.
I hardly know what's best for every breed, but I feel cause for concern that requirements for other breeds could be misrepresented and create serious problems for the dogs and their owners.
2 di 2 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
3.0 su 5 stelle cute, useful, but a little traditional 17 febbraio 2000
Di Un cliente - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina flessibile
This was a useful little book and the author definitely got some breeds right on, but the training methods she uses are a little "traditional" (penny cans to startle dogs, leash corrections...) given the positive methods that are proving so effective. It is also the only place I have seen "heel" defined as "start walking" rather than a position. Still, I find myself pairing all sorts of phrases with actions and my dog is clearly beginning to understand some of them (she WAITs at curbs until I say it's OK to cross) so much of the information is quite useful...I would just tend to use more "Playtraining" like methods, but I have a sighthound.

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