Lest any dog owner think thorough puppy-training sufficient to ensure happily-ever-after canine camaraderie, the author of the puppy-training classic Mother Knows Best pinpoints a trouble spot in doggie development. At anywhere between five and 10 months of age, warns Benjamin, the typically ``underemployed'' family dog will hit adolescence, and even a previously obedient dog may become ``bratty,'' ``moody'' and easily distracted. The language here may be anthropomorphic, but Benjamin quickly goes on to offer sensible solutions to a legitimate set of canine behavior problems. She bases her training on the well-known model whereby the owner assumes the so-called Alpha role in the ``pack''; while she has explained her theories and methods in previous books, and while most of her strategies for ``winning your dog's respect'' are more explicitly discussed in her colleague Job Michael Evans's People, Pooches and Problems , her focus on the adolescent dog is unique and her insights about general training are stimulating. The tone is chatty and the pace leisurely--which may reassure those in need of sympathy and aggravate others who want to get down to business. Illustrations not seen by PW. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 10/18/1993 Release date: 10/01/1993 Genre: Nonfiction
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