The central question in my new e-book "Listening To Dogs: How To Be Your Own Training Guru" is this? Is there something better for you and your dog than the wisdom of the gurus? Does Cesar know the best way for you to train your dog? In this country, we seem to have slipped into rigid, almost cult-like thinking about many things. In politics, there is only the "left" and the "right." In the animal world, our creativity and flexibility is also ossifying. There is only one way to get a dog. There is only one way to train a dog. More and more, we are seeing all dogs through the prism of rescue and abuse – many people think it is immoral to get a healthy, grounded, well-bred dog from a breeder. Positive Reinforcement training is the only way to go. Pack theory is the only theory. Be a leader. Be a Mom. Be a Dad. It takes seven days to housebreak a dog. It takes six months.
The dog lover is adrift in a sea of books, videos, manuals, TV shows, yet many find it difficult to train their dogs, hard to do all of the complex and absolutist ideas in the books and videos they purchase. I wrote "Listening To Dogs" because I have found a better way. There is good stuff in many manuals, I am sure, but I don't use them. I don't really need them, and neither, I think, do many of you. Our corporate marketing culture has advanced the idea that you can't figure out how to train your dog without gurus, my book argues that you can often be your own guru, adopt training and communications theories that fit you, your personality, your dog and your personal environment. I do not believe there is only one way to do anything meaningful in this world, to me, that is always the symbol of the closed mind.
If you look at the replies to my Facebook postings (I'm giving away five free copies of my next book "Second Chance Dog: A Love Story" for the best comments of each day) you'll see a lot of absolute theories, not too many searching inquiries and open minds. I hope my e-book will open up your mind a bit. There are lots of different ways to do things.
The best way to train a dog is to do what works for you and the dog. The best way to get a dog is to do what is best for you and the dog. Don't let other people tell you how to train a dog. Don't let other people tell you how to get a dog. It is liberating to be freed from these suffocating ideologies, dogmas really. In my podcast, I tell my favorite training empowerment story, Tag and her coon hound. Check it out. "Listening To Dogs" is on sale today -bn.com is backed up from the holidays a bit. It's $2.99. I'll be posting topics relating to the book all week on the blog and my social media outlets.