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Dogs on the couch : behavior therapy for training and caring for your dog
Lachman, Larry.
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New York : Overlook Press, 1999.
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315 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Includes index.
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SF433 .L335 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Applies the tools of Family Systems Therapy and Behavior Therapy to analyze and treat a variety of problems that have eluded owners using traditional dog training methods.

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Booklist Review

There will always be patrons looking for books about how to train and care for dogs, and because it is such a huge industry, there are many advice books to choose from. These four new ones contain loving and commonsense advice. Diller, in his extensive and well-written guidebook, draws on many years as a dog trainer in discussing how to choose the right breed for your lifestyle and how to work with that breed's traits and the dog's own personality to arrive at a happy, healthy pet relationship. Diller's training method stresses teaching rather than correcting, and his book includes an extensive list of breeds and an assessment of their traits. There is also a no-nonsense discussion of life with dogs in which Diller forces readers to examine their motives for getting a dog and rails against careless, irresponsible pet ownership. Fairgrieve's simple reference book provides easy, natural cures for everyday pet health complaints, such as skin and coat problems, parasites, and eye and ear troubles. It encourages a reasonable approach to pet health, including a healthy diet and lots of exercise, and also provides in-depth advice for pet owners considering holistic treatments. Acupuncture, aromatherapy, chiropractics, flower essences, healing herbs, homeopathy, osteopathy, and nutrition are also discussed. Lachman, founder of an animal behavior consultant company, explains his humane method of correcting dog misbehavior. Written as an alternative to some of the crueler methods of dog training, his guide applies traditional family-type therapy to dog misbehavior. Lachman's system concentrates on the relationship between the dog and other household members and on using rewards and gentle encouragement to produce a happy and obedient pet. Topics include separation anxiety, phobias, sibling dogfighting, aggression, and barking. If the reader has been wondering what happened to Olympic gold medalist Louganis, here is the answer: busy breeding and training dogs. In this conversational, easy-to-follow book, he discusses his own strong emotional attachments to his pets and provides straightforward advice on handling the responsibility for adding a dog to your family. In his thorough, engaging book, Louganis uses personal stories and anecdotes about his own experiences to advocate loving and gentle guidance for your pet. He includes helpful tips for curbing chewing and barking and for properly exercising your dog. --Kathleen Hughes

Library Journal Review

Animal behaviorist Lachman introduces a new approach to dog training based on the theory of behavior modification. To correct undesirable behavior in dogs, Lachman applies human family-systems therapy rather than the harsh punishment techniques used by the majority of dog trainers. With a lighthearted writing style, he debunks some widely held myths about the dog-training process. He entertains the reader with case studies from his practice and describes training plans for specific behavior problems. The book includes helpful chapters on matching dog breeds to family characteristics, coping with the loss of a loved pet, and managing the fear of dogs. In keeping with modern technology, the book also offers a list of dog-related web sites. This will be of interest to dog owners and trainers and is recommended for public libraries.√ĄDeborah Emerson, Monroe Community Coll., Rochester, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.