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The Dog Rules: 14 Secrets to Developing the Dog YOU Want

3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  48 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
In this groundbreaking guide, elite dog trainer Kyra Sundance reveals the path to helping your dog be a reliable partner and true member of your family. Kyra -- a world-acclaimed Stunt Dog Team performer, nationally ranked dog sports competitor, and movie dog trainer -- holds the human-dog bond at the heart of her training method. She cares for her dogs with tenderness, tr ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published March 10th 2009 by Touchstone (first published 2009)
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Ashley
Aug 14, 2011 Ashley rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: All dog owners
Sundance does a great job of outlining basic rules on interacting with your dog, expectations, relationship, following commands, etc. Each chapter covered a rule and Sundance has an easy, conversational style. Most importantly, though, her rules make sense. I've summarized them briefly below and made lots of personal notes for myself to use with Bentley.

Overall, I'd recommend this book to anyone he needs to work with their dog on major issues (as this sets a great groundwork), wants to improve b
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Peggy
Mar 27, 2009 Peggy rated it liked it
Couldn't get into this book. I am sure Ms. Sundance had some good ideas. I skimmed through parts of it. Her approach that better training is needed for most dogs and the Human-dog bond is strong and you can change your dog's behavior by working with them through the bonds you have with them.

Wonder if I couldn't get into the book because right now I have 12 foster dogs plus 10 of my own at my house? Don't have much time to concentrate on things these days.
Anna
Jul 06, 2016 Anna rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, dog
So many books are all about positive reinforcement only but it doesn't always work when there is sometime more interesting (e.g. squirrels) nearby. I appreciated the sections of consequences and pressure and release as mild, firm way to assert control for the dog's safety. There were an awful lot of personal stories, which isn't really my cup of tea.
Caralee
Aug 20, 2009 Caralee rated it really liked it
This was a nice book about dog training that talks about the subtle things you need to know and the best rules to have your dog follow. One thing I liked about this book is her discussion about using praise, touch, and treat in that order to motivate your dog to value all of them as much as food.
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