So I have been so busy with the summer, time seems to fly by! I have tried to find time to indulge myself with some fun -four paw- related reading and think it will be fun to start a BOOK CLUB! Basically I will tell you a little about the books I have read and enjoy, and hopefully you can share some of yours! To start it off, here is
“Be the Dog” by Steve Duno–
What a great book! Every dog’s Mom and Dad need to read this one. It might help them understand why you’re pulling on your leash or why you do those things you do that make them so mad! “A well-trained dog rewards you with a kind of love and loyalty you won’t get anywhere else. But the secret of this relationship is not in the dog; it’s in the owner. Here’s a revolutionary approach to dog training based on observing what “natural” dog owners do instinctively— that is, they intuitively understand the canine mind and relate to a dog by thinking like a dog. Readers who follow their example will discover that, instead of trying to outsmart the dog, they’ll build up his IQ. Instead of trying different forms of punishment, they’ll enrich his environment. Together, owner and dog will throw away the old ideas of obedience and control, and build a deeper relationship based on mutual respect.”
Fans of the National Geographic Channel’s The Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan will be grateful for Cesar’s Way, an accessible guide to help new and current dog owners better understand the needs of their beloved pets. If you are not yet a fan, try to catch a couple of episodes of the remarkable show–you will be amazed, impressed, and motivated to create a healthier, more fulfilling relationship with your dog. In Cesar’s Way, Cesar explains that dogs are not complicated, and despite what various owners think–not human. They rely on three key elements in their lives: exercise, discipline, and affection (in that order). “Problem dogs” can be attributed to “problem owners,” owners who don’t understand and misinterpret their dog’s behavior. Cesar’s Way is really a training program for dog owners, with chapters devoted to understanding the “power of the pack,” taking responsibility for “how we screw up our dogs,” and learning how to manage aggression. Cesar’s book (a must-have for new and old dog owners) moves beyond basic obedience school techniques, and teaches owners how to change unwanted behavior by better understanding their “best friends.” –Daphne Durham
This is a WONDERFUL read for any animal lover. It is a story that will have you laughing out loud and wiping away the tears in a turn of the page.
More to come later, keep those tails waggin’!