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PUPPY PROBLEMS? NO PROBLEM – A SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR FINDING & TRAINING YOUR NEW DOG & DVD
by Brenda Aloff (See other books by author)


Publisher: Distributed by Dogwise Publishing
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2012 Paperback, 312 pages

ISBN: 9781617810510
Item: DTB1226
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Summary: The most complete and detailed book/DVD available on selecting, raising and training a puppy as only Brenda Aloff (Canine Body Language and Aggression in Dogs) can do! Learn exactly what to do at every stage of development for success.

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Winner of the DWAA Maxwell Award for 2013, APDT Canine Life and Social Skills (C.L.A.S.S.)

This book goes beyond any of the other puppy books out there and brings you Brenda's 20 years of experience working with problem dogs as a professional pet behavior consultant. This gives Brenda a unique view of what owners should have done to prevent problems from occurring in the first place. Training your dog should be a shared and fun experience that enhances the relationship you have with your dog. This book will lead you through each "problem" and in an easy to understand step-by-step program will show you how to make big differences in your dog's behavior.

Brenda Aloff on Puppies…
This book goes beyond any of the other puppy books out there and brings you Brenda's 20 years of experience working with problem dogs as a professional pet behavior consultant. Training your dog should be a shared and fun experience that enhances the relationship you have with your dog. This book will lead you through each "problem" and in an easy to understand step-by-step program will show you how to make big differences in your dog's behavior.

Puppy Problems comes with a DVD that shows you exactly how to carry out the protocols in this book. Take a look at the Table of Contents. It is filled with all of those common, but irritating issues that come up in daily life with a new puppy or dog and solutions for each one. The DVD is super and even children can watch the training steps and then be able to follow the steps to gain success with your family pet. (Of course, children will need parental supervision, as well.)

You will learn:
• Create a teaching language so that you and your dog have understanding instead of confusion.
• Learn how to Mark and reinforce behaviors you want to encourage.
• Use the exercises shown in the DVD to build your training skills and have a dog that is well-trained and joyful.
• Solve common problems that almost every dog exhibits at one time or another.

What dog professionals are saying about Brenda Aloff’s Puppy Problems? No Problem!
New book AND IT IS FABULOUS! Everyone who has ever had a puppy, has had problems. What a great source of information and help from a lady who knows.
Pat Hastings, AKC Judge, lecturer, author and producer of the Puppy Puzzle

Finally! A dog trainer and behavior expert who has written a book which doesn't take another dog trainer to interpret! Having a radio show about all things D-O-G, I research every avenue I can find to gather creditable information for my listeners. This book provides comprehensive and reader friendly help for those who are raising puppies or have a new dog that they have rescued. It's fun, factual and full of great illustrative pictures.
Pat Becker, Host of Speak! Talk Radio, producer of PBS Special “The World of Dogs”

Author Brenda Aloff is a professional dog trainer specializing in problem behavior. A large part of her practice consists of dogs that have been referred to her when traditional training techniques have failed. She works with owners on re-socialization of fearful and aggressive dogs as well as teaching puppy socialization, competition obedience, conformation, tracking, back-packing, musical freestyle, and agility classes at Heaven On Arf Behavior and Training Center in Midland, Michigan. She is a member of The Association of Dog Obedience Instructors, Trainer’s Forum and several other breed and training organizations. Brenda travels all over the world giving talks on canine aggression and learning theory.

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Dog World Review, February 2012

What reviewers are saying...

THE APDT CHRONICLE OF THE DOG
“What an undertaking this book must have been for Brenda Aloff, for Puppy Problems? No Problem! is a massive reference for anyone interested in learning about dogs. The target audience is the new puppy owner; however, anyone who needs some guidance and assistance with their dogs will find this guide full of useful information. Included is a companion DVD in which Aloff demonstrates general training protocols so that people can see them done instead of simply reading about them. The table of contents makes it easy for the reader to jump right to the appropriate sections to immediate answers to their questions. But I hope that everyone will take the time to read the first section, entitled “Training Myths.” The opening paragraph summarizes the frustrations that so many of us trainers experience: People fail to recognize dogs as individuals and often listen to the advice of so-called experts who don’t really have a good understanding of this fact. Aloff stresses the need to find an experienced and educated trainer. Bravo! The beginning of the book explains puppy development stages and details why each stage is so important in the formation of a well-adjusted puppy. A discussion of crate training, safe toys, playing games and the need for fenced yards is included too. The information is presented in easy-to-understand language and is quite valuable. Then, almost a third of the book is dedicated to training protocols. At this point, the book becoming more advanced and could be very confusing for anyone without training experience. Aloff briefly covers how dogs communicate differently from humans and delves into developing a communication system with your dog. Her explanations are not completely clear. For example, on the DVD, Aloff discusses why collar touches are so important but in the same discussion, she launches into teaching the “be still” exercise and demonstrates how she can roll her dog onto her side. Instead of laying out a step-by-step program for training dogs, Aloff’s approach is disorganized and difficult to follow. Aloff excels when she is visually demonstrating the training exercises on the DVD. However, without prior knowledge of certain terms such as protocols, memory markers, reinforcers and classical conditioning, viewers of the DVD (and the readers) will be confused. Aloff does not explain these terms. Consequently, parts of the book and DVD are not for first-time puppy or dog owners – the supposed intended audience or this book. Additionally, Aloff touches very briefly on corrections and the use of startle noises. These sections are too short and need more explanations. As most experienced trainers know, a great many dog owners do not understand how to use these techniques properly and that time is of the utmost importance. Also, many trainers may not agree with the use of corrections and startle noises. I was quite disappointed that Aloff recommends the use of the word “NO” as an aversive when a dog is doing something wrong. With so much good advice in the book, it was a shame to see this suggestion. As the introduction states, all dogs are individuals, and in keeping with that fact, some dogs may not react well to this kind of aversive. As an example, she advocates saying “NO” if the dog is “thinking about” getting into the trash. Overall, I found this book and the DVD to be poorly organized. For example, in the section on puppy mouthing, Aloff talks about why dogs bite (which is a very different topic from mouthing) and gets into fear biting, pain and resource guarding. These topics should have been moved into a separate section. The end of the book looks at choosing the right breeder if thinking of getting a puppy, temperament testing and selecting the right puppy. Plus there also is a small section on adopting a rescued dog, all good information, although I would have opted to place these sections at the beginning of the book. This book and DVD must have taken a great deal of time and effort to write and produce. Had just a little more time been given to the organization, these references could have been quite impressive.” Chris Shaughness, author of Puppy Mill Dogs SPEAK!


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Not just another book on puppy training., February 16, 2012
Reviewer: Mary Lightner
I hesitated to buy still another book on puppy training, but a colleague told me about a technique that Brenda Aloff used called “be still” that I thought just might work with some rambunctious adolescents that their owners were struggling with in my basic obedience class. This method and other ones taught by Aloff, provided me with something that operant conditioning did not; a hands-on approach to quieting a dog.

Though I am among the biggest fans of clicker training, the longer I train the more I see it does not offer the best solution for every problem and every dog I encounter. In fact, a disadvantage is that it may discourage our handling of dogs, which is very important for a variety of reasons. Thus, Aloff provides a positive way of touching dogs that fills a gap in training for me.

Another unique aspect of Aloff’s book and DVD on raising and training puppies, is her use and explanation of “pressure” in working with dogs. Using our bodies to communicate and train dogs is a powerful tool in working with a species whose first language is the body (not verbal as is ours.) After seeing the documentary movie, “Buck,” I recognized this as a tool that Buck Buchanan employs as “the horse whisperer.” This method has opened up a new avenue for training that I am eagerly exploring under the tutelage of Aloff. I am optimistic that use of this skill may prevent many behavioral problems among the young dogs I see in my classes.

The concepts and techniques she sets forth might be difficult to fully grasp if not for the degree of detail she provides in the text in the book, the photos accompanying the verbiage, and videos on her DVD. The combination of teaching tools makes her guide understandable and the sheer volume of it easy to digest.

Thank you Dogwise, for bringing Aloff’s wisdom and novel training techniques to a broader audience of dog owners and instructors, who will certainly benefit from her knowledge and understanding of how to effectively and compassionately train dogs.
 
, November 20, 2011
Reviewer: Katharine Almirall
I have trained with Brenda in all capacities for over eight years. My dogs and I have been the happy recipients of her training methods and have sent many people to her for help.



Although the title of this book says 'puppy', this book is by no means just about training puppies. Brenda's methods are for dogs of all ages and teach the handler to be more proactive and to be able to handle everyday problems and questions about their dogs.



I highly recommend all Brenda's books, but the methods she uses in this book will help all dogs.
 
Must have for puppy fosterers or owners, October 10, 2011
Reviewer: SB
This book is easy to understand, includes photo's, worksheets, games and a DVD. The DVD mirrors the book, Brenda is clear, conise and easy to understand. ( and you can rewind!) I highly recommend this book to puppy fosterers, owners and anyone studying dog behavior. Shelter and rescue folk especially. Unlike many puppy books who only address perfect puppies, Brenda tackles all personalities with corrective protocals and graceful explanation. Thank you Brenda andThank you Dogwise. I am now refreshed and armed with new lessons and tools for my frustrated unnaturally weaned foster pups.
 

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