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The Dog Listener: Learning the Language of your Best Friend
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The Dog Listener: Learning the Language of your Best Friend [Format Kindle]

Jan Fennell , Monty Roberts
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The behavioural problems covered in The Dog Listener will sound all too familiar to anyone who shares their life with a canine companion. During the 25 years that Jan Fennell has been working with dogs, she's been increasingly aware of the ways in which communication between man's best friend and ourselves has broken down. Inspired by Monty Roberts, Fennell embraces similar ideas to those found in The Man Who Listens to Horses. Rather than trying to fit human psychology to animals, the starting point is observing how animals communicate, how they structure their groups in the wild and what they think their role is.

Initially Fennell looks at the role that dogs have played historically--primarily a working role, in which human and animal worked side by side to the same goal. Many owners flinch as the idea of a dog "working", with associations of oppression and hierarchy. But dogs naturally form a hierarchical society with the strongest, most intelligent dog leading the pack. Humans might thrive on the concept of democracy but dogs don't automatically feel the same way. When we understand and respect a dog's mindset, effective training can be done with intelligence and compassion.

Each chapter deals with a different case study and owners of problem or "challenging" dogs will be kicking themselves as they realise just how wrong they've been getting it all this time. Some myths dispelled: "Tugging games are fun and it makes my little dog happy to think he's the winner." Wrong--if you let the dog win it reinforces the idea that he is the top dog in the group. "My dog can't bear to be left in the house ... because he loves me so much." Wrong--your dog thinks that he is responsible for you, the acute anxiety that results from separation can be likened to that of a mother who's has a toddler wander off by itself into untold danger.

Much of what we do to show affection to our dogs actually has the result of creating insecurities and confusion. In this respect many ideas are similar to those in John Fisher's Think Dog, particularly on remedies for anxious and aggressive dogs. Here though, the use of real life case studies offers encouragement that following this advice can initiate a rapid transformation in your dog's behaviour. Jan Fennell writes with affection and a real conviction that sharing her work with others can make a real difference. Her wide and admiring audience of happy dog owners would indicate that the title of "dog listener" is a highly appropriate one.--Tony Martin

From Publishers Weekly

Standard dog training has long advocated the use of force choke collars, sharp smacks, harsh language. Fennell, a dog trainer in England for 30 years, wants to change all that. Expanding upon the theories of horse trainer Monty Roberts (the basis for The Horse Whisperer), Fennell believes one can best train dogs by emulating natural behaviors, that is, by treating them as they would treat each other in the wild. Her intelligent, straightforward and humane method has engendered controversy and increasing enthusiasm. After Fennel's dog Purdey went manic, injured Fennell's young children and had to be euthanized, she was fearful of owning a dog again. Lured back into it by the pleasure of showing spaniels, she adopted a high-strung young shepherd, Sasha, and investigated alternative training methods. Fennell's simple and succinct method posits that domesticated dogs are confused, believing themselves to be the pack leaders, and humans their subordinates. Fennell retrains dogs to accept a human as their alpha leader. She spurns the use of force, even in training language, employing instead a system of Pavlovian rewards. Those wanting true canine companionship will find Fennell's commonsense approach attractive and easy to apply with puppies as well as with older dogs. She addresses common problems, from separation anxiety to barking at guests to the mistrust of strangers that rescued dogs often harbor. Her knowledge and love of dogs is expansive and her concern for their well-being balances kindness and appropriate discipline. (Aug.)
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 3925 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 304 pages
  • Editeur : HarperCollins Entertainment (21 décembre 2011)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B006NXMZV0
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent book 10 décembre 2013
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This book teach you a lot about how to let ur dog join you instead of you give order to your dog force them to listen to you , I learned a lot from it .
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Still reading it but.... 29 août 2010
Par ChrisPat
Jan Fennell obviously has great insight into how dogs think, a useful addition to any dog owners library. Too many of us treat our dogs as children and not as dogs, this book tells you how to change this and make everybody's life better.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Dog Listening 11 mars 2010
Par Marina
Je suis une"Dog Listener" formee par Jan Fennell - je ne peux donc etre objective - mais pour moi ceci est une livre de reference continu. Quand quelqu un me contacte car il a un probleme avec son chien je lui conseille toujours d'abord ce livre et ou le DVD ... et bien souvent cela resoud le probleme... Jan nous explique comment "parler' la langue de nos chiens et donc de mieux pourvoir communiquer avec eux... Pour tout ceux qui veulent amielorier leur relation avec leur chien pour une vie plus agreable ensemble...

I cannot be seen as objective as I am a Jan Fennell trained Dog Listener but to me this is a reference book. When contacted by someone with an unruly dog, I always suggest they acquire this book and/or the DVD as that may well resolve the problem... The book is a must read for all those who want to improve their relationship with their dog without force or gadget...It is a way of life of life for life ... after all we are learning the dog's language
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 At Last - an open door into the canine mind 11 juillet 2001
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Jan has delivered a stunning piece of work here - her years of observation and research have enabled her to develop her technique of Amichien Bonding, the likes of which I have never before seen in dog training manuals.
Having read stacks of dog training books, and always feeling like there was something missing, I was left with my dog still barking at strangers, misbehaving off-leash, and howling for hours when I left for work. Jan explains it all, and how to fix it, in such a clear and easy way that readers are left wondering why they never thought of it that way before...
All the missing puzzle pieces are not only found in The Dog Listener, but assembled into a stunning portrait of the canine psyche. Jan explains how to enrich both our lives, and theirs, by learning how they think, and how to communicate with them in language they can understand. Her testimonial case studies are incredible and encouraging for owners with dogs who have similar problems.
Truly a breakthrough in training - changing the way we think about dogs, changing what we know about the way they think, and building a bridge between the two. A must for any dog owner, especially if the dog in question presents behavioral problems that seem to be unsolvable.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Revolutionary methods have changed my house! 18 août 2001
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I came home from work one day and my wife was excited to see me as she said, "come look at this." She called our dog, a seven year old Westie, into his area where he is always reluctant to go. But this day he walked right in without making a scene. She told me she had seen Jan Fennell on television that day and had simply tried one of the concepts she talked about. We got the book, and immediately our Westie has settled right in to our new pecking order, and has significantly settled down.
We are more than impressed with the insight that this book gives. It has greatly improved our relationship with our dogs, and I would recommend this book to any dog owners. Understanding the canine culture is fascinating.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Dog Listener 17 août 2001
Par Royal D Friedly - Publié sur
This book is well written and easy to understand. The frequent referance to wolf pack mentality is right on. I have watched PBS documentaries on wolf packs and observed my own two dogs and the behavioral similarity is astounding. I think Jan has nailed it with this book. I'm presently applying the techniques Jan has developed to my dogs and the results are as predicted. I recommend this book to anyone who is trying to gain control of their dog and to those who want to start out right with their new puppy. Dale Friedly
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A-ha! 21 septembre 2004
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Eureka! Jan Fennell has found a kinder, gentler, training paradigm that makes sense to the dog. It's mentor Monty Roberts' "Horse Whisperer" with no horses and no Bobby Redford.
Fennell's Thesis: Dogs are descended from wolves. Dog behaviour is still ruled by the wolf pack mentality. Domesticated dogs don't think they are a member of the human pack with which they abide, but rather that "their" humans are part of the dog's pack. When the human members of the pack behave unfathomably to the dog's brain, the dog feels compelled to become alpha dog by default, the "politics of the pack." The author points out that, like a 1 year old child, the dog is ill-equipped to be pack leader in a human world and oft-times becomes neurotic trying - with various and sundry bad manifestations of the stress. How, then, to "relieve the dog of its delusion of power?" The answer, asserts author Fennell, is Amichien Bonding. Many anecdotes and antidotes are provided in this Twofer (2 books in 1) edition: *The Dog Listener* and *The 30 Day Training Guide,* the latter implementing the insights of the former. This reviewer had many "A-Ha! That's why they do that!" moments reading this book. LucyIndaSky, my Baby Basset, and her older sister, Judy, the rescued Greyhound-mix, judge it 5 stars. We would also like a video! /TundraVision, Amazon Reviewer
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Finally, the help I have been seeking! 26 novembre 2002
Par C. Chapman - Publié sur
Jan Fennell has offered the help I have been seeking for several years. As the owner of several English Springer Spaniels, I have run into several perplexing behavior problems that standard obedience training didn't seem to touch. These dogs have a strong will to dominate, and if it is not corrected, they can be quite difficult to have in a family setting. The usual confrontational methods have not worked to produce a self-controlled dog, and with one of our dogs turned out to be downright dangerous! Two of our dogs have bitten, and were close to being euthanized.
I recently took back one of the 'biters' for retraining, and am only several days into the process using Jan's methods. All I can say is "IT WORKS!"

Once we stop confusing our canine friends with the erroneous messages that human-kind sends to their faithful friends...they realize that WE are the Alpha leader, and it relieves them of the stress of trying to protect and look after US! They soon relax and enjoy a BETTER relationship with us, and we enjoy an obedient and well-mannered canine family member. If you only buy one book to help with training a puppy or adult dog, this should be it.
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when the pack reunites after a separation, who is the boss now? when the pack is under attack or there is a fear of danger, who is going to protect them? when the pack goes on a hunt, who is going to lead them? when the pack eats food, what order do they eat in? &quote;
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