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Control Unleashed®: The Puppy Program is meant as "preventive medicine" for puppy raisers. Many common behavior problems can be either prevented or minimized by starting a puppy with good foundation training from the beginning. In addition, this book provides a program that will help you create a puppy that is ready for sport-specific training at the appropriate age-a pupp Control Unleashed®: The Puppy Program is meant as "preventive medicine" for puppy raisers. Many common behavior problems can be either prevented or minimized by starting a puppy with good foundation training from the beginning. In addition, this book provides a program that will help you create a puppy that is ready for sport-specific training at the appropriate age-a puppy with the ability to focus on whatever you want, for as long as you want, whenever you want. "Paying attention" is its own skill set and teaching it should be separate from teaching your puppy more complex behaviors. Without attention, you won't get as far as you want with all those other behaviors you're going to teach because it's likely they will fall apart in the face of distraction. So it is wise to teach the attention skill set as the "base of operations" for your puppy training. The attention skill set includes: Discrimination skills, self-control skills, and arousal regulation skills. The concepts and suggestions in this book can also be used for rescue dogs that, like puppies, are starting out as "blank slates" as far as your training is concerned. About the Author Leslie McDevitt, MLA, CDBC, CPDT is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. In 1998, Leslie rescued Gordie, an American Pit Bull/GSD cross that had been badly abused, and in trying desperately to help him through his crushing anxieties and fears, met her inspiration and mentor, world-renowned veterinary behaviorist Dr. Karen Overall. Through Gordie, Leslie found her calling and devoted herself completely to becoming a dog trainer, and later, a behavior consultant.


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Control Unleashed®: The Puppy Program is meant as "preventive medicine" for puppy raisers. Many common behavior problems can be either prevented or minimized by starting a puppy with good foundation training from the beginning. In addition, this book provides a program that will help you create a puppy that is ready for sport-specific training at the appropriate age-a pupp Control Unleashed®: The Puppy Program is meant as "preventive medicine" for puppy raisers. Many common behavior problems can be either prevented or minimized by starting a puppy with good foundation training from the beginning. In addition, this book provides a program that will help you create a puppy that is ready for sport-specific training at the appropriate age-a puppy with the ability to focus on whatever you want, for as long as you want, whenever you want. "Paying attention" is its own skill set and teaching it should be separate from teaching your puppy more complex behaviors. Without attention, you won't get as far as you want with all those other behaviors you're going to teach because it's likely they will fall apart in the face of distraction. So it is wise to teach the attention skill set as the "base of operations" for your puppy training. The attention skill set includes: Discrimination skills, self-control skills, and arousal regulation skills. The concepts and suggestions in this book can also be used for rescue dogs that, like puppies, are starting out as "blank slates" as far as your training is concerned. About the Author Leslie McDevitt, MLA, CDBC, CPDT is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. In 1998, Leslie rescued Gordie, an American Pit Bull/GSD cross that had been badly abused, and in trying desperately to help him through his crushing anxieties and fears, met her inspiration and mentor, world-renowned veterinary behaviorist Dr. Karen Overall. Through Gordie, Leslie found her calling and devoted herself completely to becoming a dog trainer, and later, a behavior consultant.

30 review for Control Unleashed: The Puppy Program

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sher

    This is the most interesting dog training book I have ever read. It gets a 5, because the woman has some brilliant ideas and quite novel approaches to dog training. The organizational structure of the book is odd. It begins with explaining so many theories and doesn't put the theories into practice until later in the book, so I had to reference back and forth --it wasn't a book that reads well beginning to end- though I did it this way. The book is for training of performance dogs --such as fris This is the most interesting dog training book I have ever read. It gets a 5, because the woman has some brilliant ideas and quite novel approaches to dog training. The organizational structure of the book is odd. It begins with explaining so many theories and doesn't put the theories into practice until later in the book, so I had to reference back and forth --it wasn't a book that reads well beginning to end- though I did it this way. The book is for training of performance dogs --such as frisbee dogs or agility dogs, and the book is for puppies. The most fascinating technique in the book is based on what is called the Premark principle-- if you call an animal away from something it wants but you let it return to what it wants, then it will recall very swiftly and reliably-- just because some of the time it gets to go right back to what it was doing. It works. She was sections on how to calm the puppy with massage, look aways, and zen. Leave it training. Training to place. Down. How to meet strangers. The brilliant approach is to learn how to read your puppy and construct a special program just for your pup. Her observations on problems because of puppy arousal levels was very helpful. If you have trained dogs before, you will love these new ideas. If you haven't , you and your puppy will get some fabulous techniques and ideas from this book!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Aaaah, I love CU so much! I just reread this puppy book because I'm hoping to have my own puppy soon. The first time I opened it was last year when Faith and I had just had an abysmal JWW run at a local trial, and I was sitting in the car with her, trying not to cry, while we waited for Standard. I ended up in tears (but not the I'm-a-crap-handler-and-my-dog-is-a-crap-dog ones that had been threatening) because right on the first few pages, Leslie McDevitt told me exactly what I needed to hear: Aaaah, I love CU so much! I just reread this puppy book because I'm hoping to have my own puppy soon. The first time I opened it was last year when Faith and I had just had an abysmal JWW run at a local trial, and I was sitting in the car with her, trying not to cry, while we waited for Standard. I ended up in tears (but not the I'm-a-crap-handler-and-my-dog-is-a-crap-dog ones that had been threatening) because right on the first few pages, Leslie McDevitt told me exactly what I needed to hear: that as owners, trainers, and handlers, we need to love, honor, and appreciate our dogs for who they are. This whole book continually makes me feel better about my dog and more connected to the way her mind works. This puppy program has some fantastic advice and games for puppies (and adult dogs, as Faith could tell you) that I can't wait to try out with a puppy. I adore Leslie's writing style and the anecdotes she shares about her own dogs and her students' dogs to illustrate the games. If you have a dog, read this book!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Blair

    There are a lot of good tips in Control Unleashed: The Puppy Program, but unfortunately it's so horribly organized it's hard to have the patience to find them. McDevitt is constantly referencing later chapters to the point that you wonder why she didn't change the layout so that cross references aren't necessary. The first 10 chapters easily are a muddy introduction. Honestly this type of book just drives me back to tried and true Don't Shoot the Dog. I was hoping for help to start a field dog, There are a lot of good tips in Control Unleashed: The Puppy Program, but unfortunately it's so horribly organized it's hard to have the patience to find them. McDevitt is constantly referencing later chapters to the point that you wonder why she didn't change the layout so that cross references aren't necessary. The first 10 chapters easily are a muddy introduction. Honestly this type of book just drives me back to tried and true Don't Shoot the Dog. I was hoping for help to start a field dog, but I'm going to need to keep looking elsewhere I think. I need a decoder ring to pull things together from this book. Perhaps I could cut the spine and reorganize it myself, but it wasn't that great and I'm not that devoted.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Aggis

    Great book - focuses on mostly preventative games The layout is odd at times in the way the book itself is laid out but the information is so useful that I’m not removing a star

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kris

    I started to read this book because I have a fairly difficult australian shepherd puppy who needs more than the typical puppy training, and this book came highly recommended. People should realize that Leslie McDevitt is a dog trainer of the highest level, and this book is more about training dogs who do agility and other forms of show/work. She has written a previous book where she talks about her "control unleashed" program, and so she refers to that quite a bit. She also does this thing where I started to read this book because I have a fairly difficult australian shepherd puppy who needs more than the typical puppy training, and this book came highly recommended. People should realize that Leslie McDevitt is a dog trainer of the highest level, and this book is more about training dogs who do agility and other forms of show/work. She has written a previous book where she talks about her "control unleashed" program, and so she refers to that quite a bit. She also does this thing where she talks about various parts of puppy training early on, but refers to various specific games and training tools that are only listed toward the end of the book. I found this somewhat of an odd way to do things, but it worked out well enough. There are definite things that I have learned in this book that I haven't learned in any other situation. I do feel like I will be able to use the ideas to help train our dog in a better way than I have so far, even if we don't plan to go as far as agility training (at least, for show, etc.). I totally enjoyed the case studies of a variety of dog issues concerning why a certain dog would behave in a certain way, and how training helped when you truly understand the "why" of the dogs behavior.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    Fantastic book! I still have a lot I need and want to work on with both of my pups! McDevitt explains things very clearly and doesn't make you feel guilty about any issues you may be having with your pup. My favorite quote from the book: "I am always telling students with Border Collies that don't care much for other dogs, it's so common for Border Collies to not like other dogs, especially females, that we even have a name for it--BCBS (Border Collie Bitch Syndrome). And we didn't get these dog Fantastic book! I still have a lot I need and want to work on with both of my pups! McDevitt explains things very clearly and doesn't make you feel guilty about any issues you may be having with your pup. My favorite quote from the book: "I am always telling students with Border Collies that don't care much for other dogs, it's so common for Border Collies to not like other dogs, especially females, that we even have a name for it--BCBS (Border Collie Bitch Syndrome). And we didn't get these dogs for them to have a fabulous time playing with other dogs, did we? We got them because we like the breed and it suits our competition needs well."

  7. 5 out of 5

    Nadeen

    I loved Control Unleashed for its principals and insights but, quite honestly, it took some time to get through it. This new Puppy version is much better written and contains equally valuable information. I finished it just when my new puppy arrived and I am rereading a few chapters as we speak.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Catherine Proenza

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    Suzanne

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