I had the opportunity to check out The Love That Dog Training Program written by Dawn Sylvia-Stasiewicz with the help of Larry Kay. Dawn trained the First Family’s dog, Bo and offers a 5 week dog training program that only takes 10 to 20 minutes a day.
Having already gone through training with our littermates, a year later for a refresher, and most recently with our puppy, I used this book as more of a resource, choosing not to read it from beginning to end. What I enjoyed were the pictures showing me exactly what I needed to do and the occasional dog training tips in the sidebars. Dawn and Larry are obviously proponents of positive based training, which falls in line with how we train our dogs.
I’ll be using this book as a training resource for a long time; living with 3 dogs, I can never get enough dog training tips. I think this is a fantastic book for people who have brought home a new puppy or dog and for dog owners who want to brush up on any dog training lessons. We find ourselves doing this often as new situations arise.
We read a lot of book before we adopted our littermates and I’m excited to add this one to our library. I don’t believe a book can replace a one on one with a professional dog trainer, but I do believe that a great book can supplement what a dog trainer teaches us and our pups.