Control Unleashed: Creating a Focused and Confident Dog
Leslie McDevitt's versatile Control Unleashed program is designed to help 'dogs with issues' learn how to relax, focus, and work off leash reliably in either stimulating or stressful situations."
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I have started using some of her techniques with my distracted, reactive dog and after a few days of me focusing on connecting with him and raising my rate of reinforcement there is a noticeable difference. He makes eye contact throughout the day and stays more tuned in. Training has become more fun and less of a "I need to get in a training session so I'll be ready for class next we ...more
As a dog trainer in Los Angeles for 26 years, I've read many dog training books. Out of all the books about dog training that are published each year, few make an original contribution to the field.
Thus, it makes sense that this sensitive, discerning, moving book, comes from an author who holds a Master of Liberal Arts from the University of Pennsylvania where she combined studies in Creative Writing, Folklore, and Cultural Anthropology. Also, Leslie worked with children as a museum educator, e...more
It is difficult not to obsess about something that involves a GSD lunging, barking and growling at every sound or movement. I had gained enough knowledge about the emotional aspect of reactivity to understand t ...more
I bought the book hoping to find some good advice for working with my very highly driven, motivated younger dog who has too much uncontrolled enthusiasm for agility. The description of the book makes it sound perfect for him. In fact, I found the book offered a lot more advice for my older dog whose st ...more
Having sa ...more
First read: 24 July 2012
Of the 60 dog books I've read in the past year, this training manual has to be one of my favorites. Leslie McDevitt has gained much well-deserved respect and attention for this book, which aims to help reactive dogs focus in agility. But the training applications extend far beyond the agility course. McDevitt's sensible, clear training regimen is a godsend for any guardian of an easily distracted, shy, or stressed dog. What I particula ...more
The only reason I awarded this book 4 stars is because the formatting is really weird and makes the whole book a little difficult to follow at times. The content is good, but it's presentation is lacking.
I do believe that this book could have benefited from the rigor and precision of Jean Donaldson's writing, or the user-friendly simplicity of McConnell's (dog dork much?). Nonetheless, the ...more
I borrowed this book from my agility club, but may have to buy my own copy because it's worth to have for reference