Before Cesar Milan became a TV star as “The Dog Whisperer,” Paul Owens was using real “dog whispering” techniques - positive reinforcement training - to help dogs and their owners. “The Dog Whisperer: A Compassionate, Nonviolent Approach to Dog Training” by Paul Owens should be on every dog owner’s bookshelf - or better yet, in their hands, open and being read.
Not just a training book (although there’s plenty of excellent training advice here), “The Dog Whisperer” is a comprehensive overview of everything you need to know to have a well-behaved dog and a wonderful relationship. Diet, play, exercise, stress, communication, leadership: they all affect your dog’s behavior, and Paul Owens explains how to manage these to your advantage.
As for training: from “How Dogs Learn” through “The Lessons” to “Dealing With Problem Behavior” you’ll find everything you need to start you on the path to a better-behaved dog and a happy, healthy relationship with your animal companion.
Originally published in 1999, “The Dog Whisperer: A Compassionate, Nonviolent Approach to Dog Training” is now available in an updated edition (2007).