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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (489 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tamar Geller Narrator: Renée Raudman Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2007 ISBN: 9781400174393
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More than fifteen years ago, Tamar Geller began her career as a dog trainer by observing a scientific study of wolves in the wild. She realized that the socialization and parenting techniques they used to raise their cubs were rooted in bonding,communication, and play—not in aggression, dominance, or punishment. If people used these techniques when training their dogs, she realized, there would be no need for prong collars, choke chains, or any kind of physical or verbal aggression. She realized we can make it “fun” for our dogs to listen to us and behave as we want them to.

Tamar went on to train the dogs of many celebrities, including Oprah Winfrey, Ben Affleck, Courteney Cox-Arquette, Nicollette Sheridan, Owen Wilson, the Osbournes, and others. Her non-aggressive methods are so revolutionary that the Humane Society of the United States approached her to be a consultant, and she now teaches animal behavior at Pepperdine University.

In The Loved Dog, Tamar shows anyone how to childproof a dog, teach him vocabulary, use treats the right way, play “tug of war” to build trust, make it fun for him to come when called, teach him not to jump on people, and much more—using only playful bonding and positive reinforcement.

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  • “A must-listen for prospective and current dog owners. Renée Raudman’s clear tone never wanes in her excitement for the topic.”

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angel | 2/19/2014

    " Read this before getting our labrador retriever puppy & really liked the author's approach as well as her detailed description of certain training techniques. Found the pictures helpful as welll. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie O | 2/14/2014

    " The 7-yr old boy who lives downstairs gave me this book so we "could get Rowdy to do things". It's actually a good quick read with tips that are easy to understand and act out. Apparently, the author was also on Oprah recently (something else the 1st grader relayed to me) and she had Oprah's 3 dogs in shape in record time. That has to count for something, right? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jaime Schnell | 2/11/2014

    " One of the best dog trainers around! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marilyn | 2/4/2014

    " Not sure I would recommend this book. She spends most of the book explaining how she came to work with dogs. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jen | 2/2/2014

    " Read this to help with my work in dog rescue. Like Dog Whisperer better. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathy | 2/1/2014

    " Disappointing. Tamar has an interesting background working with wolves in Israel and thought it would be really interesting. The book is poorly written and falls short. I would not recommend this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tara | 1/30/2014

    " This book is good for teaching people the basics of dog training. I like her method and approach to dogs. I think to book could have been condensed to about 5 chapters though. I wouldn't mind seeing her training DVD to get a better illustration of how she's interacting with the dogs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison | 1/27/2014

    " Admittedly, this is the only dog training book I have ever read. And, my puppy is currently in obedience school, so maybe the book didn't work too well... That said, I learned a lot of practical tactics to try and a lot about dog behavior in the wild. Much better than the dog whisperer--I clearly don't have the alpha thing going because nothing he does works for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah Q. | 1/17/2014

    " I agree with her techniques, however she was just too general in this book. I think someone who doesn't have any training or experience in working with dogs might have a difficult time using this book at a training guide for their dog simply because there just wasn't enough specificity and/or instruction. The tips were good & the stories about her client dogs were interesting, but the step by step of how to accomplish those things with your dog just weren't there most of the time or were too general. Still, it was a good read and I can't stress enough that POSITIVE training such as she does is the only way to go. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kory | 1/12/2014

    " Good book, but you might hold hands and sing Kumbayaa afterwards with your dog. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James | 12/29/2013

    " Lots of great tips and overarching concepts about dog "coaching" and development. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephi K. | 12/3/2013

    " This really helped me since I'm a novice dog-owner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 11/7/2013

    " Great book, great advise but still Tarah is not potty-trained and is chewing on everything but her toys. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mallory | 10/20/2013

    " The writing was very remedial, which made it hard for me to get through. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bridget | 2/18/2013

    " The book was very entertaining but didn't really explain how to train your dog. The first half of the book seemed to be an introduction "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa Giesick | 1/21/2013

    " In my library. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Johanna | 12/8/2012

    " Inspirational and heart-wrenching, this easy-to-follow book is a great introduction to positive reinforcement training. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patti | 6/7/2012

    " Her training method makes perfect sense. I have been using it and it works! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Alice | 4/13/2012

    " I read this book when my dog was a puppy and have used several of her methods in our training. We love this method and really feel that our dogs feel more loved because of it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brittany | 10/30/2011

    " Positive- reinforcement training is the only training I advocate, and Tamar Gellar gives wonderful information on how to properly and quickly train your dog all while keeping him/her happy :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Spider | 8/25/2011

    " Always glad to hear new ways to work with dogs. Tamar has some wonderful ideas that we will try here. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle Ririe | 7/12/2011

    " This book is a must read for anyone looking to train a dog - it's a great tool for training a dog in a loving way, and her methods really work! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nikki | 6/2/2011

    " Not what I had hoped for. There were some fresh ideas but mostly it was a skim-the-surface clicker training book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacy | 2/25/2011

    " This book has been helpful with Macy, especially the crate training. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Baur | 2/9/2011

    " This is actually a training book that makes sense to me! I love her methods and they are easy to follow. I had a hard time with the Dog Whisperer's techniques but these are (sort of) working for us. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shelly | 1/23/2011

    " Some interesting concepts for training your dog. Most seem to be common sense. Not sure I could sit there and have a party for my dog while talking to her in sing-song baby voice, but whatever works for people I guess.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allison | 9/20/2010

    " The first dog training book I read (I read A LOT in preparation for our puppy) that just made sense. I would highly recommend it to anyone who needs help training their dog! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzy | 8/17/2010

    " What I really liked about this book was not only Tamars philosophy on taining dogs with kindness but her personal life-where/how she was raised to be very interesting "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Edie | 5/22/2010

    " A very readable, common sense approach to training your dog. Now I'll have to work on my "wolf" posture. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heidi | 1/19/2010

    " Love the way Tamar treats the dogs. For the most part, her "ways" seem to work with our puppy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephi K. | 1/4/2010

    " This really helped me since I'm a novice dog-owner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krystal | 12/3/2009

    " I still stand by my all-time favorite dog behaviorist/trainer, Patricia McConnell, but for the most part, I thought Tamar Geller's tips and advice corresponded fairly well with hers. And I've found quite a few of them to be really useful in helping my dogs overcome some bad habits they'd formed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 11/12/2009

    " This is actually a training book that makes sense to me! I love her methods and they are easy to follow. I had a hard time with the Dog Whisperer's techniques but these are (sort of) working for us. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julia | 11/3/2009

    " It's not Cesar. But it was interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Connie | 9/20/2009

    " The author presents very interesting concepts. I wish I could remember them all. The one thing that stayed with me: You should surprise your dog every day: a treat, a game, a walk in a new area. I'm not a dog person, but I try. "

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About the Author

Tamar Geller, a former Israeli intelligence officer, owns and operates The Loved Dog, southern California’s first cage-free boarding and day care center. Currently, she works in partnership with the Humane Society, teaches animal behavior at Pepperdine University, works with rescue organizations, conducts free classes for shelter and rescue dogs in Los Angeles, and sponsors “Passionate Pups” with Covenant House to bring together homeless youths and homeless dogs. She lives in Los Angeles.

About the Narrator

Renée Raudman is an actor and Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator. She has performed on film, television, radio, and on stage and can also be heard in several video games and hundreds of television and radio voice-overs.