It's Me or the Dog: How to Have the Perfect Pet

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Canine expert Victoria Stilwell shows readers how to train their dogs out of even the most difficult and persistent bad behaviors. It?s Supernanny for your dog

Victoria Stilwell is one of the world?s most recognized and respected dog trainers. As the host of Britain?s hit television series It?s Me or the Dog and the founder of training schools on both sides of the Atlantic, she is known as much for her spunky attitude as for her caring, effective methods. Now, in her first book, Victoria shows how to tame even the most problematic dog. Simple, intuitive instructions and color photographs help dog owners not merely train their pets, but understand them -- so when a new issue arises, they?ll be able to adjust their approach and nip it in the bud before it gets out of hand. Throughout, she reminds owners that training isn?t about imposing their will on a dog; it?s about giving him the tools he needs to live in the human world. Topics include:

--Think Dog: understanding your pup --Talk Dog: canine communication --Dog School: basic obedience training --Dog?s Dinner: the right diet --Accidents Will Happen: house-training --You?ll Never Walk Alone: exercise --Worker?s Playtime: having fun with your dog

Customer Reviews:

  • A Good Read for the Do-It-Yourselfers
    I got some new insights into dog behavior from this book. It helped us understand our corgi better. We are practicing several of Victoria's techniques now - with positive results. (I guess we'll keep our pooch and try to fix him.)
    This book is easy to read and understand....more info
  • Great reading for dog lovers!
    This book is entertaining & a must for novice dog guardians, but also provides new insight for experienced guardians!...more info
  • A good book
    Good book. It helped some with the puppy. I do not write book reviews, but this form is forcing me too....more info
  • It's me or the dog - Good All Around Book
    I got this book based on the good reviews. I was not disappointed at all. The book provided clear, easy to read information. While much of the information was stuff I already knew, it is always helpful to have it reinforced. The section on animal body language and behaviour was very helpful.

    The pictures were also very good.

    I would recommend this book for anyone looking at getting a dog or puppy, or owners who want a little bit of a refresher....more info
  • I really enjoyed this book!
    It is obvious that Victoria wrote this book, the wording is exactly like her speech. I do wish it had a little more detail on dog training, but it was helpful anyway. It has beautiful photos of dogs. ...more info
  • Who needs Cesar Millan when you have Victoria Stilwell
    Best dog training guide ever! I used this book to help me solve my problems I had with my Labrador Retriever pulling on the lead,being unfriendly toward strange dogs,barking,and his mild separation anxiety.I also love this book because Victoria uses positive training methods unlike Cesar. I highly recommend this book....more info
  • Great for first time dog owners
    I bought this book after seeing Victoria Stillwell's program on Animal Planet. What I liked was her simple approach to dog training and her book is exactly that. As a first time dog owner I was challenged by my rescue dog who had never been on a leash before I adopted her let alone gone potty outside or been trained at all. At almost 6 months, she was becoming a rowdy teenager with no manners!

    After a month, she's better. There's still a ways to go but this book helps a lot with exactly how to train, how to reinforce the training, and how to bond with your dog. I highly recomment it!...more info
  • Great Book for Training, a must have!!
    I found this book to be very helpful, I had a Rat Terrier that was out of control. Victoria Stilwell knows her stuff when it comes to training our four legged friends, this book is a must for anyone wanting to have a good relationship with their pet. I have bought several books on dog training and this one surpasses them all, I myself learned several training techniques never seen before. Highly recommend this book!!...more info
  • Absolute must for dog owners - FANTASTIC!!!
    This book is wonderful. A friend of mine who lives in England ordered it for me, as Victoria Stilwell has a dog training TV show ('It's Me or the Dog') over there that started around the same time as Cesar Millan's Dog Whisperer show here. Apparently, the show is coming to Animal Planet in the US in April.

    First of all, the book is beautiful. Could be a coffee table book in its own right considering the beautiful photography and layout. It's presented so that you can flip around from chapter to chapter as needed, which is nice for a dog training book. I'd recommend reading it all the way through first, though, as you get a real sense of her philosophy that way.

    Which is the best thing about the book. The whole concept is to try to get us dog owners to view things from a dog's point of view and understand the reasons behind the behavior we're trying to change in our dogs. She still says to treat the dog like an animal and not a child, but it really opened my eyes about how and why certain things were happening, and I feel like my relationship with my dog (which was great before I read it) is even better now. It's like discovering there's another plane from which you can view things. Very positive-reward-based training methods which have worked wonders for us so far. Really easy to read yet intelligently presented.

    My friend in England says Victoria is the biggest name in dog training there now because of her show, and after reading her book, I can see why. Good for dog lovers or dog owners. Even if you've got everything sorted out between you and your dog, you'll love this book, as it's truly a celebration of dogs and our relationship with them, as well as a fantastic training tool. A must for all dog people!!!...more info
  • Victoria Stilwell is terrific!
    This book is very informative and I love her positive approach to training. Most of the information in the book you can view on her tv show "It's Me or the Dog", but the book is great for a quick review on how to handle situations if you have seen all her shows. I would recommend this book to anyone who has a dog of any age! Victoria's information really helps you to understand a dog's point of view and therefore helps you to understand your dog. I have learned so much from her show and this book! Truthfully it was watching her show that made us go to a rescue center and buy a dog so we could train it. Her methods really work. Our new 2 year old Boston Terrier mix isn't perfect...yet, but Victoria has helped us over several hurdles and we can foresee a wonderful life with our new bundle of joy.

    Would just like to mention that we also watched several Dog Whisperer shows and found his (Ceaser Millan)methods much too aggresive. He was too forcefull and it seemed like Victoria got faster and better results with patience, kindness, and understanding with your dog. ...more info
  • It's me or the Dog: How to have the Perfect Pet
    Her approach to dog training is very postive and upbeat. She helps you remember that while it is a process training your pet that you shouldn't forget that you can have fun and enjoy them. I wish there would have been a bit more information on puppy specific issues but on the whole still a good tool for understanding and training your dog....more info
  • Lots of great info
    Being new at owning a puppy, this book helped me a lot to understand my puppy and learn how to care for her and train her in a caring and non violent way. It's a great starter book. I also purchased The Puppy whisperer by Paul Owens and Terence Cranendonk, and together, these books are perfect!...more info
  • good book!
    This book helped me train a new dog in our home. I recommend it to anyone looking to train a dog or get to know dogs better in general....more info
  • Great Book
    This book really makes you understand your dog's behavior and gives simple explanations on how to train your dog. Highly reccommended...more info
  • suprised
    At First when I saw all the pictures I thought that I had made a mastake in getting this book but I was suprised by the "to the point" way this book is set up. I am a dog trainer and have trained Service Dogs for a lot of years but needed a little help with a problem dog. This book gave me the tips I needed to get the dog back on track. Again a very good book....more info
  • Its me or the dog
    I am a volunteer at the local dog shelter and fully endorse everything that is written in this book. It is easy to read and well illustrated and I have had positive results through using these methods. ...more info
  • Excellent manual
    She begins by telling you to understand being a dog. That is what training means...not to just make your dog do something. It's an excellent book and show....more info
  • Excellent Dog-training Introduction
    Excellent introduction to dog-training for those interested in a healthy, happy dog. Step-by-step procedures on basic training as well as the positive, non-punitive way to treat your best friend. I recommend it for anyone willing to take the time to do dog training right....more info
  • Victoria Stillwell's book
    Great book. Good, loving advice for dog lovers. I have enjoyed watching the different shows that the author host and I think that she is wonderful. easy to follow advice. My dog and I have enjoyed the time that we have spent together training and I think that he is the greatest American dog....more info
  • It's Me or The Dog
    The only comment I have to say is I'm sorry that I can't seem to find the seasons of the show this book is based from on DVD anywhere. I love Victoria Stilwell's methods. She is experienced and very well-educated and aware of what she is talking about. This book also contains alot of helpful tips that even an experienced dog owner will find very enlightening...I was very happy with this purchase and I know I will definitely be referring to it when we get our next puppy!...more info
  • positive dog training
    Really enjoyed this book. I watch Victoria Stillwell's "Me Or the Dog" on t.v. & decided to reinforce what I've learned with her book.
    I have always believed in positive training, she definitely proves it works!...more info
  • This lady knows her dogs!
    The book is great! I love her show and the book is full of practical advice, and great doggy pictures. Especially appreciated the biographical info in the forword.
    Only drawback is that the book quickly started looking shabby....more info
  • You go Victoria!
    I am a big fan of Cesar Millan. I used to think when I watched Victoria on "Greatest American Dog" last summer, that she was criticizing Cesar Millan techniques. So I started to watch her program "It's Me Or The Dog" and realized she reads dogs in the same ways Cesar does and she teaches people to speak 'Dog' and get them to fulfill their dogs for the same reasons Cesar does. I enjoy her and love watching her techniques. She has good command with people and dogs and I had to have her book for a reference. This book is on my 'highly recommend list'. It has lots of pictures for examples of what she is talking about. You can't read enough about dog behavior and positive reinforcement. Pictures help a lot as well. Dogs are easy to train if you have a good plan and are consistent. People are much more of a challenge. Her book is a great addition to your library. ...more info
  • A Must Have for Dog Owners
    While I enjoy the show of the same name, the book gets a little more detailed. It's like having Victoria in your home helping with little or large problems you have with your dog....more info
  • dog lovers should read it
    I used to watch the show and thought that things happened too fast on screen, so I needed something handy that I could check any time I had doubts. For me it was a good surprise to find this book. It gives a lot of tips, explains many behaviors, and everything looks reasonable and obvious somehow! It's my bedside book right now, when I have to deal closely with my family "crazy" labrador. I didn't give it 5 stars because I couldn't find all the answers to my questions. But it sure was a very good start!...more info
  • Great!
    I love Stillwell's show on the telly, and the book is great. I like her positive approach to dog training. It shows respect for the dog while still getting results, unlike another TV personality who is all about "correction, correction, correction." Highly recommend "It's Me or the Dog" over Cesar Milan....more info
  • It's Me or the Dog
    Excellent guide to understanding your dog's thoughts and feelings and understanding how to properly train them. I now have a better insite regarding her behavior and learned ways to correct any problems when they arrise.....more info
  • It's Me or the Dog: How to Have the Perfect Pet
    I bought this book for a friend...and she loves it as well as it helping her so much. I love Victoria's method of training - a good common sense way....more info
  • Excellent Book!
    This is an informative book chock full of practical advice for training your dog - definitely one to buy!...more info
  • Awesome book!
    Love the show and her method of training because she uses positive reinforcement. It was very helpful and have tried a few of her techniques on my dogs and it has made things a lot calmer and better. I was even able to teach my dogs some tricks and was surprised how quickly they learned because she explains it in such a simple way. I highly recommend this book to anyone who owns a dog....more info
  • Great Training Tool
    Victoria Stilwell makes dog training easy. Her instructions are clear, and easy to follow. Our 2-year-old Chihuahua is finally catching on to the basic commands. Still, training takes patience and time, but having the right tools is the key. I highly recommend this book....more info
  • A Good Match for Me
    I purchased this book, and two others "The Puppy Whisperer" and "How to Raise a Puppy You can Live With" to read prior ro picking up my new puppy. I enjoyed each book and all had very good tips on how to raise a happy, healthy, well trained puppy. However, as far as training goes "It's Me or the Dog" was the best fit for me. It's based entirely on positive training methods. The other two books took a little stronger or heavier hand approach. Initially I plan to use the training methods outlined in "It's Me or the Dog" and if needed fall back to the other two if I'm not getting the results I'm looking for. I would recommend each of these books for beginners or those needing a refresher course....more info
  • Great Book
    I love Victoria Stillwell and this is just the written version of her show. There are steps for every common dog issue. After getting a trainer that used force to train my dog, I agree with Victoria's method's much better and love that I can do it on my own....more info


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