Teach Your Dog to Behave: 2simple Solutions to Over 300 Common Dog Behavior Problems from A to Z

Bashkim Dibra, Author, Elizabeth Randolph, Author, Bash Dibra, Author Dutton Books $21 (336p) ISBN 978-0-525-93578-0
You might expect a second book to build on or enlarge the contents of an author's first, but in this case, you'd be wrong. Here Dibra, so-called Dog Trainer to the Stars, and his writing partner Rudolph extract the training principles from their Dog Training by Bash , then recast the remaining information in alphabetically ordered entries about canine behavior, problems and solutions. While Dibra and Randolph acknowledge that only a steady obedience program will address the causes of most doggy depredations, they accommodate those pressed for time by offering stopgap remedies as well as more complex ``cures.'' For example, if your dog enjoys grabbing the toilet paper and dragging it around the house (``Toilet-Paper Unrolling''), you can either leave the bathroom door closed or set up a nasty surprise to teach him to keep his paws off. The book's alphabetical organization, however, fails to set forth fundamental laws of obedience training--e.g., how do you teach a dog a new command?--and, assuming a standard index, seems completely unnecessary. Illustrations not seen by PW. (Mar.)
Reviewed on: 03/01/1993
Release date: 03/01/1993
Genre: Nonfiction
Mass Market Paperbound - 352 pages - 978-0-451-17926-5
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