When I wrote "Stop!" I knew I was writing for people who understood a little about dogs. What I wasn’t prepared for were all the people who asked me questions that demonstrated a complete lack of understanding of all things canine. But then again, why should they know about dogs? We’re not taught it in school are we?
What really surprised me were the people who profess to be professional dog trainers, or even worse the self-styled "behaviourists" who don’t understand dogs. Passing by "surprised" I quickly found myself "astounded", and then careered round the corner into "annoyed". Astounded at the explanations they come up with, and annoyed at the suffering they inflict on dogs and their owners in the name of their fanciful theories.
Understanding dogs, what they are, and why they do the things they do, gives an insight into what makes them tick. Understanding how they are affected by the things we do enables us to train, and live with, our pets more effectively.
These are the "Dog Secrets" that your dog wishes you knew.
There is no mystical "secret" to training dogs, as professed by some dog trainers. Dog training and owning can be perfected through simple yet effective methods that are well known to science. Illustrated by real life examples of how they have helped others, Dog Secrets explains how understanding these methods can make you a better dog trainer and have a more rewarding relationship with your dog.