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Dog Training the American Male

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  58 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Meet Dr. Nancy Beach, a relationship counselor who hosts a local radio show called Loves a Beach. One problem: The relationship guru cant seem to make her own relationships work, sending her credibility and ratings into the toilet. Meet Jacob Copea walking thesaurus of phobiasa Lehman Brothers casualty whos lost his job and swagger and now yearns to be a ventriloquist. Whe ...more
Paperback, 326 pages
Published September 13th 2016 by Wjm Books (first published May 28th 2013)
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Happy Booker
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dog Training the American Male is a humorous fictional tale about a Doctor. Her profession as a counselor is going well but, her own personal life is not. Once Jacob Cope, another dashing character comes into play, things change. The two have to blend their families together passing through all the fluffy parts of the initial stage, move in together and make things work with the additional new dog.

The plot and storyline seemed very simple. There wasn’t anything novel about it. What made it enjoy
Aug 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: l-a-knight
Hilarious!! A highly entertaining read definitely aimed at a mature audience. This title shouldn't be read in a library though, with outbursts of laughter, it could get a person thrown out. ...more
Jan 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Originally reviewed for Chick Lit Central (

Relationships are rarely easy, especially between two people who are riddled with their own hangups and baggage. Nancy has never had success where love is concerned, despite her degrees and career status. Jacob’s past has completely crippled him from living any sort of normal existence, filled with bizarre phobias and rules on how he feels life should be lived. They couldn’t be more opposite, which is exactly why they’re drawn to
Tara Chevrestt
In the aviation world, and I presume many other careers, the workers are divided into two categories: the white collars and the bluecollars. The whites are your supervisors, engineers, planners (though these guys toe the line), managers. The blues are your actual workers: your mechanics, technicians, anyone who gets a bit of a dirty under their nails.

On an aircraft dock or in a shop, every hour or so, something such as this happens:

Mechanic makes a vulgar joke or maybe a fart joke. The blues lau
Jul 07, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, romance, dnf
This book was written under a pseudonym for Steve Alten, the guy who wrote the popular prehistoric shark novel MEG. DOG TRAINING THE AMERICAN MALE is perhaps not the most poorly written of Alten's books, but it's the first one I absolutely could not bring myself to finish. I'm giving it two stars instead of one, based on the understanding that I fall outside its target demographic. Personally, I found it both unfunny and demeaning to such a degree that it even makes Ashton Kutcher episodes of TW ...more
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am in love with this book and think men and woman will love this. It is light, funny, witty, smart, has a good story line and hey you may learn a thing or two. Can a man be trained like you would a dog complete with being hit on the head with a newspaper (first attempt) to a shock collar (last attempt)?

Nancy is a doctor with an MBA and hosts a radio talk show that is sinking. She is in jeopardy of losing the gig and needs to make a change. Jacob lost his job, lives with his brother in a guest
Book collector
Oct 26, 2020 rated it did not like it
I wasn't going to bother reviewing this rather trite effort from Steve Alten as its probably not really aimed at me. However a friend who is in its age demographic read it after me and when we discussed it I said I'd put a review on. Her thoughts pretty much mirrored my own despite a 25 year odd age gap. She thought it was stupid, badly written and the humour was childish. I agree. I do occasionally read romantic comedy. This is not romantic comedy. Its puerile drivel. The jokes fall far short o ...more
Lovely Loveday
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Dog Training the American Male is not your typical romance novel. This laugh out loud love story is full of all the ups and down drama that many relationships face. Knight has created a unique love story that has a bit of comedy mixed in making this book very realistic and relatable. The characters are well developed and each has creative backstories that help to give this story a comedy twist. A story that is sure to stay with you long after you finish reading. 
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
It's juvenile. That wouldn't have bothered me, but the story was too predictable. ...more
Savannah Thompson
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely fantastic. So funny and well written! The characters all go so well together. I caught myself actually laughing out loud!
Dec 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
While this book is amusing, most readers will find it just that and not at the “laugh-out-loud” level. Dr. Nancy Beech is a relationship counselor that has a local radio show and a fatal flaw. So far, she has been unable to make any of her relationships work. Jacob Cope used to work on Wall Street and was very successful until he lost his job. His goal now is to be a ventriloquist, he has an old van and a job in phone tech support that he hates.
Nancy and Jacob are introduced by their relative
Nancy Silk
Jun 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The Most Hilarious Novel I've Ever Read"

This is the first novel (or comedy) I've read by L.A. Knight. Right from the beginning, I was laughing up a storm. I would like to say right up front, this novel I highly recommend for adult mature females (PG17, as the author says) who are open-minded and enjoy over-the-top humor. Nancy Beach is a radio show hostess who is a doctor and holds an MBA. Her talk show deals with relationships, but her listening audience is falling off. Nancy shares her sister
Lissy Peace
This is a very different romance book and I LOVED IT. It's a fun laugh out loud romantic comedy. The story is about Dr. Nancy Beach and her boyfriend, Jacob Cope. Dr. Beach has a failing radio show. Her station manager tells her she only has a couple weeks to turn it around. Jacob and Nancy meet on a blind date and begin dating. Shortly thereafter, both need a new place to live and decide to move in together.

After an initial period, Jacob comes home with a 4 year old German Shepherd that tears
K.J. Simmill
Nov 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Nancy Beach hosts a relationship counselling show called 'Life's a Beach', but with two failed engagements and little success in making her own relationships work her listeners are losing faith. Her ratings are plummeting, her job is in danger. Then her sister sets her up on a blind date with Jacob, a man with as many, if not more, hang ups and fears as her. When the two were forced to move in together Nancy's sister imparted Jacob with some life saving advice, buy her a foofy dog. When the hone ...more
Dan Barbier
Jun 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very funny and sexy romantic comedy.
R-rated in language and in sexual content.
I smiled throughout and laughed at some situations. I had to remind myself that this guy writes Thrillers for a living. If you like dirty jokes, you'll have fun.
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
This book is so funny. You are going to love Nancy and Jacob. I'm not going to give anything away here but if you want a book that will make you laugh and that you can't put down then read this book. ...more
Staci Suhy
Oct 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book for free as part of a first reads promotion
Dee Haddrill
Jul 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some genuinely funny, laugh out loud moments in this book. Thoroughly enjoyable.
Amanda Middlebrooks
Reads like an Adam Sandler movie. Entertaining but not too deep.
Aug 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the funniest books I've read. Alten does a tremendous job proving he isn't just an action writer. ...more
Jun 14, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
predictable story, some sections enjoyable. The references to dog training are not positive reinforcement. Game over once the shock collar came out in the story. I do not recommend this book.
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