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A comprehensive dog training and puppy training program that offers the added benefit of one-on-one online advice from the authorDo you consider your dog part of the family? Most dog guardians do. But just like children, dogs need structure. Structure to show him that he shouldn't jump on every person who enters your house, or urinate indoors, or drag you down the road wheA comprehensive dog training and puppy training program that offers the added benefit of one-on-one online advice from the authorDo you consider your dog part of the family? Most dog guardians do. But just like children, dogs need structure. Structure to show him that he shouldn't jump on every person who enters your house, or urinate indoors, or drag you down the road when you walk him. In Imagine Life with a Well-Behaved Dog, Julie Bjelland offers all the information you need to make your dog confident, secure and able to understand and follow rules. Drawing on years of experience, Julie has created a thorough guide that teaches basic training, how to communicate with your dog, and how to prevent and solve behavior problems. She discusses how to train your puppy and how to train adult dogs, even special needs dogs, and tells how to choose the right dog for your family and how to integrate him into a home with kids, other dogs, or cats.Because each dog's situation is unique, Julie is offering readers exclusive one-on-one guidance via her website, for up to 60 days. Here dog training, often very expensive, is now affordable and accessible to a broad audience. Julie's down-to-earth, uncomplicated advice is a welcome solution for a busy dog guardian and aims to change the way people communicate with, and care for, their dogs forever....

Title : Imagine Life with a Well-Behaved Dog: A 3-Step Positive Dog-Training Program
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Imagine Life with a Well-Behaved Dog: A 3-Step Positive Dog-Training Program Reviews

  • Michelle Richter
    2019-03-22 05:33

    Full disclosure: I am the editor of this book. So, of course, I think it's great. This is the perfect book for any dog lover--old dog or puppy, new to you or had him/her for ages. It teaches you how to use basic obedience and how to tackle a variety of behavior issues that are keeping you from enjoying each other to the fullest. And you can contact the author for personalized support. What could be better?

  • Ashley Chen
    2019-03-05 02:34

    If you are thinking about getting a dog/puppy...GET THIS BOOK!If you are having trobles with your dog/puppy...GET THIS BOOK!If you want to learn more about a positive way to train your puppy...GET THIS BOOK!If you just want a good book to read...GET THIS BOOK!This book have simple, easy to follow rules to get you the perfect trained dog/puppy! It have many frequently asked questions answered!If you are in the market to invest in a good book, you are in luck because this book is PERFECT!

  • Stella☢FAYZ☢ Chen
    2019-03-24 07:49

    This was a fantastic read! Curl up on the couch on a rainy day sort of read.What's not to like about learning more about owning a dog? I learned so much from thus book than I would have ever found on the Internet. I always had to doubt the source where I was getting it from, but this book had everything I was looking for. Now, let's go adopt a dog, shall we? :)

  • Julie Bjelland
    2019-03-06 04:43

    Editorial Reviews"...I can say with certainty that this is NOT just another dog-training book...Julie Bjelland's book is one of the best, right up there with the Monks of New Skete, The Culture Clash and How Dogs Think".---PGAA (more of this review below).."Life will be better for readers who heed Bjelland's advice. The strength of this book is the practical, user-friendly motivation it provides for owners, to shape both human and dog behaviors."--Library Journal"Explicit, positive advice on tackling any problem you may have with your dog. Bjelland tells you how to change your communication with your dog so that you will have 'stress-free, unconditional love for years to come.' She also has a web site so you can contact her, and donates a portion of her profits to help dogs. This is a must- read book that can help your dog as well as other deserving canines."--The American Dog MagazineA PGAA review of: Imagine Life with a Well-Behaved Dog: A 3-Step Positive Dog-Training Program by Julie A. Bjelland.Oh no! Not another one! How many dog-training books can one person read?Well, I read it. And I can say with certainty that this is NOT just another dog-training book. Believe me, I've read them all. Julie Bjelland's book is one of the best, right up there with the Monks of New Skete, The Culture Clash and How Dogs Think. She's not a philosopher. She's not a canine psychologist. It's not important that wolves are in the family tree, or that if your dog precedes you out the door you can never wear your "alpha" tee-shirt again.Her approach is simple. The steps she lays out make perfect sense. I found myself having several "Aah Haa" moments. Her background as a vet-tech and a trainer for Guide Dogs for the Blind has given her opportunities to observe both ends of the leash. She understands that a successful harmonious relationship between guardian and dog begins with human behavior.Starting with acquiring a dog, either through adoption, rescue, fostering or purchase, Julie talks you through the first days, weeks and months. Who would have thought that the FIRST step to training is "pre-training? Julie did. She calls it "getting ready for obedience". Her advice is to take the time to look, study, and "learn" your dog. For example she warns not to use command words. You want your dog to understand what you want him to do. More importantly, you want him to succeed every time you ask him to do something. So, don't set him up for failure or confusion by telling the newly arrived dog/pup to "come", "sit" or "stay". Who'd of thought? I didn't; but now it makes perfect sense. Get to know your dog. Give him the opportunity to know you. Julie warns that you must be calm, clear, and consistent…ALWAYS. "Your dog reads you: He knows if you are hesitant and uncertain or secure and confident. A hesitant, uncertain leader isn't trusted; a secure, confident leader is valued and trusted." And trust is vital. Her first step is the time it takes for you understand your dog's mind.Once you've come to this "understanding" the SECOND step-Training Begins-starts. Again, Julie's advice is equally simple and obvious, once you've read it. She walks you through the basic commands, how to make each session a success for your dog and you. ADVANCING YOUR TRAINING is the third step, and involves five distinct stages from on-leash practice at home to off-leash control.This is a great book for every dog owner, whether you're a newbe or you've had dogs for years. There are tidbits here for all. It's not high-tech. On the contrary, it's a guide for achievable and purposeful goals. And, if you run into problems, need encouragement or motivation, Julie offers personal consultations by phone or via her web-site year countless numbers of dogs are dropped off at shelters, or just "dropped off" because they're unruly, mis-behaving, or seen as a nuisance. The truth is that owners have failed these animals miserably. Puppies are cute furballs. Some owners get caught up in all that cuteness until its too late. Julie's book provides an easily implemented path to the kind of training that will make your dog a joy for you and your neighbors. So, get it.The only thing I would add is training takes time. Training takes patience. Training takes love. If you don't have the time, the patience, or the love, don't spend the money on this book. Use it to buy a stuffed toy instead.See more reviews on Amazon: the author of this book, I have to say it is a must read for anyone that has a dog, is thinking of getting a dog, or works with dogs. It can really improve your life. And, I'll be here for you along the way should you have any questions about your dog, just visit my website at: Looking forward to talking with you! Julie

  • Erin
    2019-03-23 07:41

    Overall this is a really solid dog training book. It comes from a place of rewarding good dog behavior rather than correction correction correction of unwanted behavior. Within days of reading this we were able to finally stop our dog's perversion of the "shake" command. Sit and shake seemed to be the only things his original owners taught him, and his shake had turned into a pawing attempt to get attention. 6 years and no one has ever gotten him to stop pawing: children, elderly, anyone who sat in his proximity. After reading this book, we ignored rather than corrected the pawing, and as soon as it stopped gave him huge praise. What do you know, he stopped for (mostly) good.We've also got a fairly decent heel now, and a good inside, non-distracted sit, down and come. It's all gone if he's outside or has any distraction, but the author provides structure to address that as well so I'm still hopeful for improvement over time.My biggest complaint with this book is that it is marketed with "Personalized Online Support from Julie" right on the cover, and the Amazon page still says "Because each dog's situation is unique, Bjelland is offering readers exclusive one-on-one guidance via her website, for up to 60 days." However, if you go to her website you'll find that "the book has been doing so well worldwide" that she's no longer able to answer questions, but for a "donation" of $25 you can get access to her VIP program and ask her a question. Oh, but you do still have to buy the book first.So the content was good, but I'm so annoyed by the continued misleading of her readers (at least take it off your online advertising, even if you can't change the print run, and let's not pretend to anyone that you are asking for a "donation") that I find it hard to recommend this book. Go ahead and check out a copy from your library if you're interested in it.

  • Sophie
    2019-03-14 04:37

    Imagine Life With a Well - Behaved Dog Was the perfect book for me at the perfect time. Written by Julie B. Bjelland this book was put together in an interesting yet fun way. I am getting a new puppy for the first time, and reading this book is making my first experience that much better. The book is written in the narration of Julie who is a dog trainer. The book is a 3 - step positive dog training program. It is really helpful that while she is talking about the techniques she also brings in other stories about people she has helped that have had understandable situations. The book is organized in 3 main steps; step one, getting ready for obedience, step two,training begins, and step three, advancing your training . Of Course there are many details within the step but it is very well put together for a first time dog owner. I think this book was great. I would absolutely read more from this author and definitely recommend it to other people. There is even online things that the author wrote about the book. If somebody asked me for an idea on how to learn to train a dog quickly this would be my go to idea. Although the book is pretty large I read it very quickly. It wasn’t boring at all, and I learned something new on each page. This book would definitely be a five star book; it was great. Overall it Imagine life With a Well - Behaved Dog was really good. It certainly helped me with my new puppy and I am sure it would other people too. Knowing all these new tips and techniques will help any dog owner.

  • Emily
    2019-02-23 23:34

    Short review: More helpful to me than Cesar Millan's puppy book.Longer Review: Helpfully divides training between "basics" and "advancing", showing that you first establish a foundation of several commands. Only later do you take each command to the next level, meaning to perform the command even when distractions are available or when he doesn't want to. Great ideas for games to play with your dog.

  • Pamela
    2019-02-25 04:33

    A positive training program for dogs. Easy to follow, great ideas. Definitely recommend.

  • Andra
    2019-03-08 05:57

    Wonderful with helping stop nipping and mouthing, barking and separation anxiety. A must read for all new dog parents!

  • Bird
    2019-03-18 00:38

    There's some good stuff in here. The problem is that the actual training section doesn't begin until page 94.So what's in the first 93 pages, you ask? Well, let's look at some of the things the author chooses to include...- First year costs of owning a dog- Choosing dog toys and dog food- How to lower the stress in your life (yes, there's a whole section devoted to it, including a 1.5 page part called "My Favorite Relaxation Technique")Then there are the things in the book that I flat-out disagree with...- Your dog shouldn't sleep in bed with you. (Why?? This is never explained. And snuggling in bed at night is one of my and my dog's favorite things, thankyouverymuch.)- Your dog doesn't get to go outside whenever he wants; you decide when you dog goes outside. (Hmmm....I wonder how many people soon find themselves with a "my-dog's-peeing-in-the-house!" problem...)- Your dog isn't allowed to play-growl when playing with you. (Maybe for dogs with aggression problems, this make sense. My dog has no such problems, and we have quite a bit of fun play-growling at one another when we wrestle.)Another problem I have is that the author provides some over-the-top examples that I find really, really hard to believe. At one point she talks about a dog who gets so riled up walking past a certain yard with dogs that the owner basically loses control of the dog. The author's solution? Just act confident and your dog will respect you as the leader and act appropriately. The author claims that this man tried her solution, and it worked not only on his dog, but also calmed down the neighborhood dogs so they didn't bark when the man and his dog walked by.When I got to that part in the book, I had to stop reading and run downstairs to find my husband so I could read it aloud to him and we could chuckle at the absurdity.I enjoyed reading some of the training tips later on in the book, and will use some of them as we work on our dog's behavior. But I don't like it enough that I'll buy it and continue referencing it.Note: Apparently this author will give you personalized advice via email...if your write a glowing review of the book and then send her the link to said review. Bet now all of those great reviews on Goodreads and Amazon don't seem to mean very much...

  • Craig
    2019-03-15 03:34

    Imagine Life with a Well-Behaved Dog is a wonderful training manual for anyone who has a dog or is thinking of getting one. It is well organized covering a variety of topics ranging from considerations before adopting, obedience training and caring for dogs with special needs. The layout allows the reader to either read from start to finish or quickly flip to specific topics by consulting the index. I liked the addition of a “fun things to do with your dog” section detailing lesser known dog sports like fly ball, earth trials and disc dogs. Julie Bjelland does an excellent job laying out force free training methods that will help owners improve their bonds with their dogs and get the pups to listen to commands. She covers all the basic tricks an owner would expect (sit, down, stay, heel) as well as some more complicated ones like high-five and play dead. Inside you’ll also find tips on now to handle common problems like excessive barking, separation anxiety, chewing and aggression. The steps are easy to follow and provide warning signs so even if your dog doesn’t display bad behaviors you know what to watch for to stop it before it starts.My two complaints about the book are its repetitive nature and questionable spay/neutering advice. At 256 pages the book isn’t long but it feels like it would have been much better as a slim 200 page-training manual. I agree with the author it is important to be calm when training, but a detailed description of her meditation techniques felt out of place and some of the pictures and quotes felt superfluous. Also there are numerous letters from owners with problems, the solutions to these problems was usually the same information we just read retold in slightly different words or with bullet points. My other complaint is Julie restates the ASPCA’s recommendation of getting your dog spayed or neutered at 6 months. Current scientific literature shows this is likely too early and you should wait until your dog reaches sexual maturity (12 to 18 months) to avoid potential health risks. (see Laura J. Sanborn’s Long-Term Health Risks and Benefits Associated with Spay / Neuter in Dogs)

  • Holly
    2019-03-02 23:40

    I liked Imagine Life with a Well-Behaved Dog, but I was hoping for it to be like everything I would need to know to train my puppy, Comet, but it just wasn't. I think I would give it 3.5 stars. Some of the sections had very little information. I think she knows her stuff, but didn't do the best at explaining it. This is the only dog training book I have purchased so far (based on its amazon reviews), but I checked a huge stack of dog books from the library and I've been reading bits of pieces of them. I am not going to review them all on goodreads. Anyway, I think the thing that I didn't like about the author is that she includes with the purchase of the book a offer to get personalized dog questions answered by her on her website, but BEFORE you can do that, you have to review her book and send her the link to your review. So that's why her book has so many glowing reviews on amazon! So in the end, I feel like this book was a great start for us and I have used many of her suggestions, it is just not comprehensive enough that I feel like it's all I need. I would be happy to loan out my copy to any of my Minnesota friends who have dogs.

  • Tara
    2019-03-19 05:44

    This book was very helpful. It's well laid out; the chapters make sense and guide you through the logical steps of training your dog to do different tasks. For instance, the sit command is a part of teaching the down command, so sit is before down in the book.My own dogs are somewhat trained already. Both know sit, come and a few other commands, but they don't always obey. This book was a great way to start perfecting/enforcing those commands and to add on a few as well. My chihuahua now sits when asked and stays sitting instead of sitting just long enough to get a treat and then lunging at the treat. My lab now knows down and stay, which he didn't before.I would recommend this book to anyone whose dog needs more training. It's well written, the steps make sense, the pictures are helpful and the advice is effective when you stick to it.(This review is of a First-Reads copy of this book)

  • Crushi
    2019-03-15 23:32

    Great book if you have any interest in adopting and/or training your puppy. I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to do SOME research and reading before adopting a pup. We as a culture are horrifically uneducated in the basics of positive dog behavior/training methods. We do a lot wrong and a lot of pups end up euthanized or at the pound... millions of them actually.Do yourself a favor and spend the money or pick it up at the library and take a couple of evenings to go through the basics. It will surprise how much your dog will love working with you and bonding with you. You will be more understanding of their behavior and more in tune with how your dog sees the world.I use these methods every day and my buddy loves working with me. Positive reinforcement of good behavior is a must and it works wonders. You should never ever yell or hit your dog.

  • Arlian
    2019-03-15 04:56

    I can't recommend this book enough. I have a rescue dog, which I picked up off the streets. In the month I've had her, I've taught her to sit, lay down, stay, high five, low five, beg, "give hugs", "honk it" (jump up and stick her nose in your palm so you can squeeze it), Waltz (jump up and stick her palms in your hands so you can dance together), she also walks on leash without pulling, off leash well enough that I can stop her from chasing cats, and we are working on her separation anxiety together. All that *in less than 1 month* just by carefully following the advice in this book. It's been so great I got it for my sister for her "problem" dog. Seriously. If you have a dog you are having trouble with, or thinking of getting dog and want to make sure you train it correctly, use this book.

  • Julie
    2019-03-10 03:34

    This is a very practical guide to training your dog. The theme carrying throughout the book is lots of exercise, redirect attention, stay calm, and be a consistent leader. It's especially nice knowing you have the safety net of six months worth of follow up questions through the author's web site. I haven't tried the website just yet, but I have already taught my puppy sit, down and come (well, mostly, especially of there are treats) in a matter of two weeks. She also is pretty much house trained and crate trained. Can you believe no whining after just 3 nights? I've dog-eared several pages (no pun intended) and go back to sections time and again for reminders. I recommend this book without reservation.

  • Faith Gudal
    2019-03-08 04:39

    If you have a dog, you should have this book in your collection. First, Julie explains how to train your dog, VERY specifically. It's so easy to just look up the page and follow the steps. The really great part though is that she explains WHY to do things that way. This forever changed the way I will handle dogs and only using positive obedience training. Lastly, if you own her book, you can email her with questions about your dog. I did this and got a response that day from her that was very helpful. SUPER, DUPER GREAT!

  • Gisselle Rangel
    2019-02-24 04:35

    I'm a dog lover. I love to read books about dogs. This author shares about her dog in some parts but it's mostly about training. I like that because you can see how the training worked on her dog. It also shows reviews on how it worked on other people. If you like books that have something you can use in your life then this book is for you. You should also read it if you have a bad dog that needs to learn some manners.

  • Kristen
    2019-02-27 02:53

    In truth I have only read the first half of this book, since that is what pertains to us and our stage with our dog. But I really like her approach to training, and it felt like solid, well-thought out advice on behavioral training. Also it was laid out in an easy to read style that makes it easy to refer back to time and again.

  • Shannon
    2019-03-23 04:41

    More of a resource type of book than a read from start to finish. It has a lot of good ideas and advice. My only qualm is that the author states throughout the book that she is available to answer questions on her website as a perk to having bought the book. While that might have been her intent at the time, now she charges for it. Kind of disappointing. But overall a good book.

  • Melissa
    2019-03-19 07:33

    So great! I don't even have a dog to train but I love dogs and really liked reading books on training r dogs when I had a dog, wish I had this then. I will recommend this to everyone I know with dogs. I also love how passionate The author is about making the world a better place for dogs and helping dogs make the world a better place. Love!

  • Meg
    2019-03-21 07:46

    The method is good and the photos are helpful. One star deducted for all the self-congratulations in the introduction about what a great trainer she is, one deducted for harping on the horrors of puppy mills. Yes, yes, we get it.

  • Stephanie
    2019-03-12 05:39

    This was a great book! Easy to read and very helpful. It gives a lot of step by step instruction on how to train your dog - whether it is a dog ranging from a puppy to a poorly behaved adult dog (or somewhere in between!)

  • Alisa
    2019-02-28 06:45

    This was a good book, had a lot of good ideas that I am sure would work on pupies and even younger dogs.. my older dogs looked at me like I was on Good Book none the less. I have suggested it to others and they loved it.

  • Michelle
    2019-03-07 04:43

    This book was informative but not the best I've ever read. If you already have a dog the first chapter is useless, otherwise it's very helpful. If you have an adult dog the second chapter only has a tiny bit of info for you. The rest of the book was pretty good

  • Joelle Ferrell
    2019-03-05 02:00

    Did not read this book in its entirety, mostly just skimmed through. Some really good, basic information. I was hoping for something a bit more advanced, but for someone who is inexperienced in dog training I'd definitely recommend.

  • Cheri
    2019-03-18 06:53

    Basic book for dog training. There's nothing particularly great about this book, but it is well informed, and informative, just very basic - which is not a bad thing. Did I learn anything I didn't know? Not really, but it's a good 3 step program to follow for those just starting out.

  • Jeanne
    2019-03-05 00:59

    THis book was highly reviewed on amazon, and so I checked it out from the library initially. There is a lot of good information, and it will serve as a good reference book so I decided to go ahead and buy this book. There are a lot of good pictures in it as well.

  • Erin
    2019-03-21 07:41

    Eh. In prep for the new addition, I wanted to do a little reading to make sure that things will go as smoothly as possible. I think if you're not used to being around dogs, then perhaps this book would be helpful. But honestly, there was very little in here that I didn't already know.

  • Brandon Byrd
    2019-03-06 05:32

    A very good reference book that makes me more optimistic that I can get our dog doing what we want.