"The Dog Listener"

I have just finished reading The Dog Listener: Learn How to Communicate with Your Dog for Willing Cooperation, by Jan Fennell and was wondering if anyone else has read the book, used her techniques, or has an opinion on her training methods.
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I haven't read it yet, but I know it's a big recommendation by tons of people on the forum. Since my Drez is old, I'm not facing any behavioral problems, so I haven't felt the need to get the book. But I will read it before we get another dog. Have heard nothing but rave reviews on it.
I'm kinda in the same position. Tasker is 8 and very well behaved. But I have a new puppy arriving in 1 wk and 3 days :D . Alot of the methods she uses make sense but am not sure how to incorporate those methodsi when there is a new dog and an old dog.
I loooove the book, and intend to use it when I get my dog. But then, I don't have one currently, so I'm not really sure how to apply it to your situation. If you already have a well behaved dog, I'm sure he views you as alpha already- so you shouldn't need to worry too much about establishing your status with him. If it were me, I'd focus on working with the puppy, and making sure to work on the pack relationship part of the book- seperate grooming times, etc. From everything I've seen and heard- generally the pup will pick up a lot of habits from the older dog- so Tasker may do a lot of your work for you!

Does your copy have the training guide in the back of it? Mine does- I was wondering if anyone has used the heeling portion of it?

Karen :)
I've read it and think its a great approach. I wish I had read it before I got Barney - wouldn't have made so many mistakes. It's a great source for problem behavior. Eg. Dog jumping on owner when he gets home from work. Barney goes bananas. Cause: separation anxiety. When I come home the first thing I do is go into the yard (she calls it garden - but my yard is a far cry from anything resembling a garden). Barney jumps all over me; bumps me, nips at my feet, barks. etc. He is trying to reestablish himself as the alpha or pack leader. Solution: either I immediately go back into the house and close the door for 5 minutes, or more often when I open the door he goes in and I stay outside, clean up the pen, pick up his toys, check for any mischief, etc. meanwhile he is sitting at the door looking at me. When I return to him he is a different dog. If he has calmed now, I then give him praise and a treat. This is just one example of the many solutions in the book.

Well worth the money. Be sure to buy it through the forum link so the forum gets a kickback. (Ron will post it?)
Because I haven't had alot of problems with Tasker I haven't had to try many of her techniques. I did use her suggestions about walking off a lead however. We just moved to the country after living in the city. In the city Tasker was never off his lead so I wasn't sure what would happen in the big open spaces when he was off the lead. I keep my pockets filled with treats and when we are out I let him get just so far ahead then call him back and reward him with a treat or praise, it has worked beautifully.

I found her adivce to "eat before you feed" pretty amusing. I tried to do that by fixing his meal and then standing at the counter drinking a glass of water, since he's pretty mild mannered and has never been "food aggressive" he just stood there patiently waiting and looking at me like I was nuts!!!

I am wondering though if I use her technique with a new puppy but treat Tasker differently will that cause "confusion". An example would be going out the door. She suggests that the person always go first. I have always let Tasker out ahead. Will a new puppy see that and wonder why he can't go out first too?

Her advice makes an awful lot of sense.
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