I LOVE my Treat & Train for distance rewarding and thanks to the remote, my timing is “Spot On!”. I bought mine in 2010 and it’s still going strong. As of this date, it’s on sale, but I can’t guarantee how long that will last. This product has 4.5 Stars our of 153 Reviews on Amazon and received a 2008 Dog Training Product of the Year Award.
You Are A Badass (Running Press, 2013)
This is one of the most practical and inspirational books I’ve read this year. It’s an extremely easy read with information that is relevant to all areas in life…including dog sports!
Here’s what Amazon had to say “In this refreshingly entertaining how-to guide, bestselling author and world-traveling success coach, Jen Sincero, serves up 27 bitesized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, sage advice, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word, helping you to: Identify and change the self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviors that stop you from getting what you want.”
This book has over 673 reviews on Amazon and 90% are 4+ Stars (86% are 5 stars)
Plenty in Life is Free: Reflections on Dogs, Training and Finding Grace (Dogwise Publication, February 27, 2012)
Kathy Sdao is a local and well respected resource. Oh yeah, and she is one smart cookie!
The Puppy Primer (McConnell Publishing, Ltd, 2nd Edition, February 23, 2010)
I love all books by Patricia McConnell and thanks to her continued use of positive reinforcement, this one does not disappoint.
The Art of Racing In The Rain (Harper Paperbacks, Reprint edition June 9, 2009)
A friend of mine lent me the book “Racing in the Rain” by Garth Stein and I had to share what an amazing read it is! I don’t often give book recommendations, but this one is a must.
The book is written from the perspective of a dog as he witnesses and participates in the life of his family. Don’t worry, you don’t have to be an obsessed dog lover (like me) to enjoy this book. As the author’s website says:
“Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively, and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver. Through Denny, Enzo has gained tremendous insight into the human condition, and he sees that life, like racing, isn’t simply about going fast. Using the techniques needed on the race track, one can successfully navigate all of life’s ordeals…”
One of my favorite insights from Enzo is on page 101 where he says:
“Here’s why I will be a good person. Because I listen. I cannot speak, so I listen very well. I never interrupt, I never deflect the course of the conversation with a comment of my own. People, if you pay attention to them, change the direction of one another’s conversations constantly. It’s like having a passenger in your car who suddenly grabs the steering wheel and turns you down a side street…”
Don’t worry, the book isn’t all philosophical and Enzo has several moments of laughter as well. Chapter 21 starts off referring to the little girl “She made me wear her bumblebee wings she had worn the previous Halloween….” Now who didn’t dressed their animals as a kid and now we get to hear things from their side!
Again, this is a great book that will make you think as well as bring a smile to your face. Enjoy!