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The Loved Dog

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  803 Ratings  ·  133 Reviews
The Loved Dog is Tamar Geller's revolutionary guide to effective dog-training using the gentlest of methods. Tamar, whose clients include Oprah Winfrey, Ben Affleck and Goldie Hawn, teaches a groundbreaking socialisation technique for training dogs. By strengthening the bond between dog and owner, dogs begin to enjoy listening to commands with no need for aggressive traini ...more
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Published (first published January 1st 2007)
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Jubilation Lee
Miriam just mentioned to me that I’ve pretty much vanished from the Goodreads landscape, and it’s true! I’m sorry, friends!! My job responsibilities have shifted to the point that I’m drowning in a sea of Things I Need To Actually Accomplish, and unfortunately Writing Anecdotal Reviews About Books I May Or May Not Have Even Liked isn’t really on my radar any more.

But I’m going to try to be better!

Or at least I’ll think very thinky thoughts about being better!

(To add insult to injury, it’s my se
Jan 09, 2008 Malina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: dog owners
Shelves: dogs
This is a good book to read, but it isn't thorough enough to be a stand alone training book. It is more a biography with helpful tips and interesting anecdotes. There just isn't enough info to be the total basis for dog training. I really did enjoy the book and got some good ideas that I am using, but I don't feel like all of my questions are answered or addressed, so I'll keep reading other books!

Also, she talks as if her training ideas are unique and they really aren't. I've read and heard man
Apr 16, 2009 Ruby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ruby by: myself
This was a good book. I loved the play ideas she had. We allready play hide and go seek but she had a great one you can hide treat toys around the house and also do it before you leave so it isn't so hard to be left. This book just increases my opinion my dog is a really good smart dog. She was potty trained at three months. She almost understands english she knows so many commands. She hasn't chewed anything up since she was a pup. I learned that I have made a big mistake putting her in bed whe ...more
Jan 03, 2008 Lois rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My parents bought me this book for Christmas, hoping i would finally teach my Border Collie to stop jumping up at people. I read the book in one sitting, teaching "Tito" along the way. I enjoyed the personal stories which related to each training routein and trick. I found myself instantly liking Tamara, her love of animals is very apparent, and as a HUGE animal lover myself i felt obliged to stick to the book and its rules - if not for Tito then to pay homage to a good person who happens to be ...more
KrisAnne Spring
Jul 05, 2007 KrisAnne Spring rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone owned by a puppy
This has some great training ideas in it and I liked the way it is all positive training (no choke collars, no whacking with a newspaper, etc.). The tips really work too, although keep in mind that my puppy is a Golden Retriever, one of the easiest breeds to train. I'd be curious to hear how it would work for harder-to-train breeds like Schipperkes. The author could have spared us all her name dropping and family history, but I suppose that it could be entertaining for some readers.
Jun 02, 2008 Brittney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone & everyone that has a dog
I'm reading this book so when I get a dog in a couple months I will be ready. Not only to have a well behaved dog but a happy one also. I'm learning so much & I strongly suggest everyone read it that has a dog.
Dale Safford
Jan 04, 2016 Dale Safford rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After listening to the CD, I checked out the book to further investigate specific subjects of interest. I also discovered that the book is on youtube chapter by chapter! Her ideas are different and make sense - I just wish they would always work. I listened to this while in the adoption process for my new dog Rudy. He has problems with getting along with other male dogs! I may refer to her methods again in the future.

The author tells of ways to train your dog that do not involve hitting or rubbi
Feb 28, 2016 Killerkoallaa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think every dog owner should read this book. It may not be comprehensive enough to be a stand alone training book, but Tamar clearly explains that it is possible to have a well behaved dog without resorting to the use of physical or emotional pain or violence. Training can and should be fun for both you and your dog, and not only does Tamar show you how this is possible (and the reasoning and research behind it?, but shows how it will be more effective than violence because your dog will be ab ...more
Sep 14, 2009 Erica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My Home just adopted a dog. She's almost 2 and a darling, but hasn't had a lot of socialization or training. I've been reading/listening to books about dog training/socializing/adopting.
I've owned several dogs throughout my life, but most had been puppies and were easy to train and to make part of the household. I felt a little daunted bringing a 2-year-old home.
I rarely feel I need to act aggressively toward animals so, by the title of this book, I felt the information Tamar Geller had to offer
Desiree Depinet
I always love to read different training books by different trainers. I do not always agree with everything they say to do, but by getting lots of info I can find what works best for me. Other than having to read about the author's terrible childhood (extra info I did not need or want), the book was pretty good. A couple of things that caught me off guard:

She trained Oprah Winfrey's dogs ( so did Cesar Milan.....who was there first and why does Oprah have so many issues controlling her dogs?) Di
Aug 29, 2013 Helen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I love the principles Geller teaches in The Loved Dog, the lack of an index is inexcusable. I listened to the book and wanted to go back and review certain sections before trying them at home. Without an index, this was quite irritating.

That said, Geller’s method employs no corrections and she eschews the use of choke or prong collars. She considers herself a coach, rather than trainer because she is simply helping dogs to override their wolf instincts, and owners to communicate their expe
May 05, 2009 Lauren rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I agree with much of what she says about dogs. She's better than Cesar Millan as for the positive training techniques (except for the water bottle technique to cure barking...that's not positive. Hmmm...) I'm not a fan of free-for-all doggy daycares, which Tamar owns/runs in California, therefore I am hesitant to say Tamar knows how to truly get into the head of the dog. Tamar seems to be a fabulous gal (probably someone I would be friends with), but there's no way she can rehabilitate severe ab ...more
Apr 27, 2013 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book as part of my education towards getting a service puppy in September. The author begins the book by saying that she understands she has a few different ideas then what people are used to- one I found odd was not playing chase with your dog. That was strange to me because it's such a classic game, but she want on to explain that whatever you play you must be able to win in order to maintain your rightful place as pack leader and your dog is naturally faster so it can compromise y ...more
Oct 28, 2013 Pmacke rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
It's no real revelation that whacking fido with a rolled-up newspaper is a bad training strategy. And the author's theory, based on a more loving approach, makes a lot of sense. Still, it's a serious over-simplification that being extra loving will yield positive results (though being loving and patient are key) and it's highly impractical to have your pockets continually full of treats and toys and to be ready to drop down and play on the ground at any minute (there's a lot of play time here an ...more
Dr. Lloyd E. Campbell
Lura and I have a new puppy and another new puppy arriving in a week. We're eager to learn about raising well-behaved, joyful dogs. This book is helpful. Her bottom line: use carrots not sticks, honey not vinegar.
She is very critical of dog trainers who break dogs' spirits. She emphasizes other trainers' abusive method and parallels puppy mills with concentration camps.
Our two dogs are long haired ridiculously cute miniature dachshunds. Like many dog lovers, she emphasizes getting dogs from
Jan 30, 2009 Bob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chalk one up to serendipity. I've been working a lot with both Bailey and Buster (especially Buster!) and this book was one that was pulled for me to evaluate for the library's collection. Reading it has been a revelation--Tamar's approach mirrors exactly what I've been trying to do with both dogs: train them to do what I want without yelling, without punishing them for misbehaving, and so on. As I have been reading the book, I keep finding things that have been working well for me that she reco ...more
Aug 19, 2014 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Listened to this one while driving. The beginning is a little memoir-esque, but once she gets into the actual training tips it is pretty good. I like her training style, and the parts that I have been able to integrate with our new dog seem to be working really well. And, they allow you to be your pet's friend (and mentor) not "OWNER."

I plan on listening to it again after Renee has had a chance. I'll fast forward through a lot, but some of the tips I want to revisit.
Jan 07, 2011 Jen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dog-books
Nothing ground-breaking or earth-shattering here. Enjoyable, quick read that mostly reflects common sense, it seems to be what I've done/learned on my own already, just put into words. Granted there are some bits and hot-button topics that some people I know will always disagree with.

Some folks will probably take the old dog/wolf debate and take issue with the book because of it, or opt to ignore this book as a result, which is unfortunate, because, though a dog is a dog and a wolf is a wolf th
Suzanne Moore
This book had a lot of good advice for dog owners. Treats are recommended to change a dog's behavior and it seems that dogs really are humans with fur... We just need to learn to speak their language. The author must have good success with training dogs, since she has so many satisfied clients and a lot of celebrity endorsement.
Sep 15, 2010 Faye rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's some good stuff in here that I'm going to try with my new puppy. Nonaggressive training sounds great! I'd personally recommend reading this through and talking to your family members about the techniques you'll use and why (as discussed in the book) if possible before you get your dog, since it's a departure from some traditional (aggressive) concepts.

If you have puppy in hand and need help training now! this may not be the most accessible book, since it's written sort of as part a biog
Jun 16, 2009 Kimberly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finally a book about dog behavior and training that clicks with me. I've been implementing the principles she teaches and literally within minutes my dogs have responded.
Tamar taught me a lot about how dogs think, why they do the things they do, and how when they're acting up or doing things wrong it's actually because of us that they're acting that way.
Her main philosophy is to love your dogs and by giving encouragement and positive reinforcement they will do what you want.
Just in the last w
Jan 22, 2016 Tara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, animals
I have read this book twice and it has helped me train two different dogs. It's written more story-like and gives you more of a philosophy on dog training. There are still really informative sections on training specific things like sit, lay down etc. The writer is kinda out there and a little annoying, she tells you to say everything in a "sing song" way and "make a party" when your dog does well, but I love her training style and I swear by it, it totally works. I would recommend this book to ...more
Feb 25, 2013 Anna rated it really liked it
The author of this book developed her method of training from her experience with child abuse and her research of wild wolves in Israel. She trains dogs using wolves' means of communication but with absolutely no pain or physicality, and I think the combination works perfectly. I've already seen my dog, who I've had for 3 days, respond to this method of training. AND because of it I'm not setting up a relationship of antagonism between us! The only reason I give this book 4 instead of 5 stars is ...more
Lisa Montanaro
Mar 19, 2016 Lisa Montanaro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: animals-dogs
This book is awesome!! The author spent time studying wolves in the wild learning so much about the canine species, which helped her develop her play-based training methods. She then watched the negative methods the Israeli Army uses to train its army dogs and decided she would never use tactics that harm, scare or are negative. The book outlines an entire training methodology founded on positive playful and natural dog tendencies. I really learned a lot and plan to use it with my own dogs. Woul ...more
I would call this book more of a memoir than a dog training book. It was a nice easy read that reinforced the importance of positive reinforcements and training for dogs. I didn't have any revelation moments while reading this book in regards to dog training.
Aug 18, 2011 Sheherazahde rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like most people, I was taught that choke collars and force are the natural and correct ways to train dogs. Ms. Geller's experience as an abused child taught her that force and violence are never appropriate for anyone. She learned from observing wild wolves that the "alpha rollover" (forcing a dog on it's back to teach it who is boss) is not natural or correct. The wolves she observed taught each other with games and more gentle methods. [return][return]Ms. Geller has an important message, and ...more
Daryn Light
Aug 10, 2014 Daryn Light rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Think of a book like the bible. Teaching lessons through story. I absolutely loved the way this was written, then again I'm unconventional.
May 25, 2013 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading this book. Geller gives practical ideas and advice throughout the book, explaining that the best way to communicate and get along with your dog (or anyone, really) is to understand things from their perspective. While she does name drop to the point of seeming pretentious, her advice is smart because it explains how to work WITH a dog's natural instincts without causing him to feel scared or insecure. Many dog trainers reject Caesar Milan's methods and believe they are t ...more
Sarah Q.
I agree with her techniques, however she was just too general in this book. I think someone who doesn't have any training or experience in working with dogs might have a difficult time using this book at a training guide for their dog simply because there just wasn't enough specificity and/or instruction. The tips were good & the stories about her client dogs were interesting, but the step by step of how to accomplish those things with your dog just weren't there most of the time or were too ...more
Oct 25, 2012 Carter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was passionate and endearing. It taught an entirely different method of dog training from other popular sources such as Monk of New Skete and Cesar Milan (dog whisperer). The history behind the method's creation as well as anecdotal examples made reading this book enjoyable and educational. I still use several of these methods with my dogs as well as the dogs I train at the pound with fantastic results. These gentle methods are especially useful for previously abused dogs that might ac ...more
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