The Loved Dog

  • by Tamar Geller, Andrea Cagan
  • Narrated by Renée Raudman
  • 5 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

More than 15 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 nonaggressive 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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What the Critics Say

"The Loved Dog method is nothing short of a revolution. Tamar Geller shows us a pathway beyond punishment, and reminds us that understanding and respect are the key words in dog training in the 21st century. Now these common-sense and humane principles are set out clearly in a single, accessible volume." (Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO, The Humane Society of the United States)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Some good information but very irritating.

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No, i think there are better books that are more straight to the point, while the ideas in this are good overall, they are not presented well.


Would you ever listen to anything by Tamar Geller and Andrea Cagan again?

Probably not, it was very self indulgent with long passages dedicated to the authors life experiences and of no value to a reader. I got the reason why she was telling the stories eventually, but they could have been summarised to a much shorter section and still have the same effect.


Would you listen to another book narrated by Renée Raudman?

The narration was ok. I've heard better bit ive also heard worse


Was The Loved Dog worth the listening time?

Eventually there was lots of good information in the book so yes. But it does require you to spend lots of time listening to the authors life story and name dropping before it gets to the useful bits.


Any additional comments?

It's a shame because this book could have been very good. The techniques and information is fantastic. But it's all ruined by stories that are far too long and inappropriate.

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enjoyable and it works

this was very enjoyable- both in terms of the content and the narrator's style.
I've read lots of dog training books and there was lots in this that i hadn't thought of. Tamar is clearly gifted.
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- MISS

Book Details

  • Release Date: 23-04-2007
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio