This book seemed to be designed for people with no experience with animals whatsoever. There was advice to exercise and play with your dog and provideThis book seemed to be designed for people with no experience with animals whatsoever. There was advice to exercise and play with your dog and provide them with a variety of toys. I skimmed over 90% of it because it truly was that basic. And there were a ton of line drawings of animals that didn't add anything to the book....more
There's some good stuff in here. The problem is that the actual training section doesn't begin until page 94.
So what's in the first 93 pages, you ask?There's some good stuff in here. The problem is that the actual training section doesn't begin until page 94.
So what's in the first 93 pages, you ask? Well, let's look at some of the things the author chooses to include...
- First year costs of owning a dog
- Choosing dog toys and dog food
- How to lower the stress in your life (yes, there's a whole section devoted to it, including a 1.5 page part called "My Favorite Relaxation Technique")
Then there are the things in the book that I flat-out disagree with...
- Your dog shouldn't sleep in bed with you. (Why?? This is never explained. And snuggling in bed at night is one of my and my dog's favorite things, thankyouverymuch.)
- Your dog doesn't get to go outside whenever he wants; you decide when you dog goes outside. (Hmmm....I wonder how many people soon find themselves with a "my-dog's-peeing-in-the-house!" problem...)
- Your dog isn't allowed to play-growl when playing with you. (Maybe for dogs with aggression problems, this make sense. My dog has no such problems, and we have quite a bit of fun play-growling at one another when we wrestle.)
Another problem I have is that the author provides some over-the-top examples that I find really, really hard to believe. At one point she talks about a dog who gets so riled up walking past a certain yard with dogs that the owner basically loses control of the dog. The author's solution? Just act confident and your dog will respect you as the leader and act appropriately. The author claims that this man tried her solution, and it worked not only on his dog, but also calmed down the neighborhood dogs so they didn't bark when the man and his dog walked by.
When I got to that part in the book, I had to stop reading and run downstairs to find my husband so I could read it aloud to him and we could chuckle at the absurdity.
I enjoyed reading some of the training tips later on in the book, and will use some of them as we work on our dog's behavior. But I don't like it enough that I'll buy it and continue referencing it.
Note: Apparently this author will give you personalized advice via email...if your write a glowing review of the book and then send her the link to said review. Bet now all of those great reviews on Goodreads and Amazon don't seem to mean very much......more
This is a great resource filled with tons of information and actual photos of each of the animals. Great hints for identifying some trickier animals.This is a great resource filled with tons of information and actual photos of each of the animals. Great hints for identifying some trickier animals. Example: I had some sort of mouse-type creature living on my patio for months, and I was finally able to determine that it was a meadow vole. (Rather than one of the half-dozen other voles living in Michigan!)...more
This is a great resource that I use to identify birds when camping or hiking. They give a lot of information about each bird and ideas for the best loThis is a great resource that I use to identify birds when camping or hiking. They give a lot of information about each bird and ideas for the best locations to see harder-to-find species. The pictures in the book are illustrations, which are nice because they allow the reader to distinctly see each of the markings on the birds. However, I like seeing actual photos, because those are frequently easier to compare to the bird I see in the forest than a sketch is....more
There were many things to like about this book, but it just didn't succeed in holding my attention for very long. It's been on my "currently-reading"There were many things to like about this book, but it just didn't succeed in holding my attention for very long. It's been on my "currently-reading" shelf for almost six months and yes, I've been slowly making my way through it for much of that time.
There are wonderful descriptions and information about the animals in the northeastern United States and how they each handle the harsh winters found there. But all of the information is presented in a long-winded, meandering sort of way, so that I kept wishing things had been more organized and succinct. There is also a heavy emphasis on a handful of animals (such as the extremely lightweight bird, whose name escapes me right now), while others are mentioned only in passing, or not at all.
Additionally, the author is just plain odd at times. He conducts a bit of his own "research" by collecting dead animals and sometimes killing them so that he can take them home and hope to learn something about their adaptations. He explains this as if it were a natural thing to do, but I cringed each time it was mentioned. ...more