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Veteran dog trainer Stavroff offers a training program based on positive, but not permissive, methods in the mode of Pat Miller’s The Power of Positive Dog Training.  Recommending that readers buy a purebred puppy from a reputable breeder, he prescribes an intuitive approach, i.e., he allows the dog to discover the desired behavior and then rewards it.  His goal is to establish a working relationship in which the dog willingly and enthusiastically participates; all rewards come from the owner, but via the effective use of a long line attached to a collar, all corrections seem to come from the environment.  Stavroff recommends three five-minute training sessions a day and incorporates the bench and benevolent eye contact in his technique.  He eschews choke collars and anything that produces stress during the training process.  This gentle method  can be used to teach basic obedience and to deal with problem behaviors.  Highly recommended for public libraries, especially for patrons who do not wish to use aversive methods such as those expounded on in Cesar Millan’s Cesar’s Way.


Florence Scarinci, Nassan Community Coll. Lib., Garden City, NY

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