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30 Days to a Well-Mannered Dog: The Loved Dog Method (Giveaway)

Many years ago, long before our son was born (he just turned 11), we adopted a puppy. He was a beautiful German Sheppard mix. We named him Dallas.

Dallas was a very spirited puppy, and a tad bit too aggressive for our tastes. He would chase our daughter, who was just a toddler then, and knock her down and bite at her. Even just walking across the room and not even bothering the dog he would chase her down, knock her over and start biting at her.

We tried EVERYTHING to break him of this habit. We consulted with the vet, dog trainers, family and friends. Nothing worked. We eventually had to confine him to the kitchen. Even that didn’t work well because he would literally chew the molding off the wall!

Dallas was also impossible to house train. I grew up with dogs. I know how to potty train a dog. However Dallas had his own ideas. We even crate trained him which I had never had to do with any other dog before and even that didn’t work. We eventually had to give him back to the place we adopted him from. We had him for about 5 months and things got worst, not better.

Fast forward many years later. We adopted another dog, Espn (pronounced “Es-pin”). He was a much more calmer puppy and although it took a bit to potty train him we eventually got him house trained. So much so that he won’t have accidents in the house. Even if we’re gone for 8 hours (rarely does that happen) he WON’T have an accident. He won’t even go to the bathroom in the cage at the groomer’s.

Aside from the fact that Espn is terrified of thunder and fireworks, he’s a great dog.

Bringing a puppy into your home can be a challenging, yet very rewarding, experience. There is a “right way” and a “wrong way” to handle most situations when you are a dog owner.  Author Tamar Geller knows that well. She has written a new book called 30 Days to a Well-Mannered Dog: The Loved Dog Method. 

I have read the first chapter of this book and I can tell you from my experience Tamar packs a lot of information in just one chapter. Chapter one is all about bringing your new puppy home to live with you and your family as well as housebreaking your new family member. Tamar leaves no stone unturned and covers all the necessary information a pet owner should know. Whether you are a first time dog owners or a seasoned pro, I’m sure there are a few tricks and tips Tamar teaches in her book that you might find interesting and useful.

Long known as a dog coach to the stars (her clients include Oprah Winfrey, Ben Affleck, Courteney Cox-Arquette, Owen Wilson, Natalie Portman, and Larry King) Tamar Geller changed the way Americans relate to their dogs with her bestselling book The Loved Dog. Her approach is simple and down-to-earth. Instead of utilizing the negative and often painful feedback of physical dominance, choke chains, and prong collars, Tamar recommends love, play, and mutual respect as the keys to a happy home for dog and human alike.

Now, Tamar makes her Loved Dog Method accessible for everyone with this day-by-day guide that will lead you through the first thirty days with your new dog, or help you make a fresh start with your current dog.

Drawing on her studies of wolves in the wild and basing her method on the principles of child development, Tamar uses an “instincts versus choice” approach that satisfies a dog’s Seven Basic Needs and will result in a pet with good manners.

30 Days to a Well-Mannered Dog covers every question commonly asked by people embarking on the momentous journey of dog ownership: why it’s important to choose the appropriate dog for you and your lifestyle, what you can expect from a puppy versus an adult dog, how to introduce your new dog to your home, and how to respond when things don’t go according to plan. Tamar guides you every step of the way, from addressing undesired behaviors in your dog to crate and paper training him to introducing him to other dogs and helping him become relaxed with strangers. Included are important but often overlooked tips about the use of words and body language to communicate, the power of play, and the amazing value of teaching your dog some lighthearted pet tricks.

Along the way, Tamar debunks myths in need of debunking: that dogs are frequently “alpha” by nature and need to be dominated; that discipline is the key to dog training, and that “success” only means getting your dog to do what you want. Instead, she shows how to align your dog’s wishes with your own to create a rich and enduring relationship that works wonderfully for you both.

Gentle, firm, and effective, 30 Days to a Well-Mannered Dog will build your relationship with your dog to make every new day together a day of love, joy, and discovery.

This book is a must read for all new dog owners. It would also make a thoughtful gift for someone planning on adopting a puppy or perhaps a book to read before you adopt a puppy.

 

To learn more about Tamar Geller and her books you can visit her official website at www.TamarGeller.com.

I have 10 copies of  30 Days to a Well-Mannered Dog: The Loved Dog Method to give away to lucky She Scribes readers.

To enter please visit Tamar’s official website, look around, then come back here and comment on something that you learned from her site. You might want to check out the article on Holiday dangers for pets. That is a very interesting article.

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This giveaway is open to US residents and will end on October 21, 2010 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winners will all be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winners will be notified via e-mail and will each have three days to reply with a name and mailing address (no PO Box) or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

There are more great giveaways found on the right side bar under “Win It”.

Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this giveaway for the benefit and enjoyment of my site readers. The publisher is supplying the prizes.

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About Kimberly

Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family and “mini zoo” consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly is a teacher’s assistant for a Kindergarten class. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.

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  1. elizabeth p says:

    I would love to have this book to help train our babies. I learned that you can teach an old dog new tricks, or break bad habits.

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  5. I learned that onions contain thiosulphate that damages red blood cells and can cause anemia in cats and dogs.

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  7. First of all, those puppy pics are TOO adorable!!!

    I headed to Tamar’s site and checked out her holiday pet tips and was SHOCKED to see that milk isn’t tolerated well by cats! Yikes! I need to stop giving my cat that “treat”! I’m SO glad I read that!

    Thanks for the great giveaway!!! 🙂

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  18. Linda Kish says:

    I enjoyed the article on adopting an older dog. Too bad I didn’t have this years ago. My dog was four when I adopted him as was my previous dog. He is now 9 but still has a few quirks.

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  21. pumpkinlady430 says:

    I was interested in cold weather tips for pets. I just adopted 2 dogs from the local APL and here in the Snowbelt of Ohio, we have wicked winters….

    What great tips and advice, about the cold, dog’s paws, and so much more..
    hope I am doggone lucky to win a copy of this book to give my pups a great home!

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  23. I learned that pets can ingest salt, antifreeze or other potentially dangerous chemicals that can also irritate their mouth when licking their paws.

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  27. Jennifer P says:

    I learned quite a few things! I never thought to bang on the hood of the car before getting in during the winter!
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  34. I learned that getting a new puppy for the holidays isn’t such a great idea! It’s a busy time and a new puppy should get ALL of your attention.

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    Oh my I didn’t know a small amount of Grapes or Raisins Can cause kidney failure oh man…that is what I learned and Glad i did thank you

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  53. I didn’t realize that onions were bad for dogs. Not that I ever feeed my dog onion outright, but he may occasionally get one if I give him the rest of my hamburger!

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  59. My sister’s pooches could really use these tips! I learned about all the celebrities she has helped, including Oprah and Pat Sajak!

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  62. As winter is around the corner I learned that Salt, de-icer and other chemicals used to melt snow and ice can irritate the pads of your pet’s feet. That I should wipe my dogs feet when he comes inside from being out.

  63. Laurie P. says:

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  69. minishoes1 says:

    I didn’t know they make heated water dishes. That’s so cool! Also, dogs eartips can be frost bitten if left out in the cold too long. Very informative site! Thanks!

  70. minishoes1 says:

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  71. Ed Nemmers says:

    Grapes/raisins can cause kidney failure in canines!

  72. I learned Tamar is a life coach to dogs and their people.

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  74. I learned that it’s never to late to train your dog. Thank you for the lovely giveaway.

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  81. tina reynolds says:

    I found out something useful to wait on a dog during the holidays we were planning on getting another, but the more I thing about it the first of the year might be better

  82. tina reynolds says:

    i follow your blog

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  85. i found her “Cold Weather Tips For Pets” to be very informative 🙂

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  93. Diane Baum says:

    Ouch -one of my sons was giving my cats milk. Learned they aren’t suppose to have it.

  94. Susan Smith says:

    Interesting artcle called Bringing Your New Dog Home

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  97. I learned that Most dogs and cats are safer and happiest when, except for bathroom breaks and exercise, they’re kept indoors during cold weather.

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