Looking for some interesting books, I stumbled into a
click, buy and download e-book on dog training. The author, Jason Montag, shows you how
to teach yourself to be a good dog or puppy trainer within the space of 64-pages.
Given the length of the book, turn on your printer. Sure you can read it on your
monitor, but I found the book more enjoyable after printing it out. I really did
like the fact that I could click and get it -- no driving to a bookstore, no waiting for
Amazon or someone else to ship the book. Instantaneous is nice. Consequently, I didn't
mind waiting a few minutes for the printer to deliver the book page-by-page.
Another nice benefit? When I spilled tea on the second page, I didn't screech. I smiled,
knowing I could just print the page again. If you are one of those "I don't like ebooks"
people, consider the positives. There are many, if you think about it a tad.
When it comes to this type of book, I've found over the years that the question often
asked by dog owners is: Does the trainer use humane techniques? The answer is a
difficult one. Jason says, "Yes." Some of you will say "Yes." But I know there are
dog owners who believe crating is inhumane and others who believe choke chains are
no-no's. Jason does recommend having a choke chain on hand for dogs over four months old.
He counsels against pull and choke.
I asked him about this and he said, "Choke chain is a figure of speech in my opinion.
If used properly (snap and release), a choke chain will harmlessly catch the attention of
the puppy by way of touch and jingling sound."
In the book, Jason carefully describes how to put a choke chain on and how to make sure it
will snap not choke. He also teaches how to move away from use of choke chains to voice
His style of writing is conversational, easy-going. It flows well. He starts at the beginning
of the training process: Getting the correct mindset. He then tells you the supplies you
need. He's quite precise. Next come details on the importance of socialization. I found
helpful his list of people and objects to which puppies should be introduced and older dogs
should be comfortable around. Vacuums and lawn mowers might be obvious but sometimes we forget
Given that this is a practical book, I enjoyed his section on teaching puppies what is OK to
chew: toys, of course. What I didn't know is that it is good to hide toys in your dirty
laundry. Why? Jason says the toys will pick up your scent. That encourages the dog to
play with the toys. Clever. I guess, however, you better be mindful of when the basket
contains the dirty clothes of somebody you or the dog dislikes.
He also provides tips on housebreaking and how to protect your furniture using balloons.
The balloon idea is great, in my opinion. I'm not going to give you the particulars.
I don't want to give away the entire book!
I was pleased to see that Jason includes many photographs when explaining how to teach
sit, sit-stay, down, immediate sit, come front, base and other simple through advanced
commands. It's helpful to be able to have a visual for guidance. Words don't always
The end of his book focuses on the different breeds of dogs, their care and personality
traits. It's helpful but honestly, I've seen so many of these dog breed sections online
that it's hard to impress us. It's handy to be able to reference within your own computer, though.
I did wish that the book had a Table of Contents, with hyperlinks. I'd like to look at
that content list and click to go wherever I want in the book. You can use search but
it's still not as handy.
Ebooks are done by people without the aid of an editor or publishing house. You'll
encounter a few misspellings. There are sentence structure technical errors and paragraphs
that sometimes are a bit too long.
It's not as distracting, though, as you might think. Jason did a good job writing a very
decent, helpful book for the family dog owner.
I asked him about his credentials, the name of his dog training business, his bio. He
wrote me, "I have been training my dogs and other people's dogs for 10 years. I am an
average person that hired a home trainer long ago and then spent many hours and a lot of
trial and error to develop my own techniques. As for a fancy certificate, I have none. I
am just a dog lover that has always enjoyed working with and teaching dogs and people."
Actually, I liked his writing much better than the writings of some people with the
certificates. That surprised me. I hope you'll enjoy it, too. If you're already adept in
dog training, then consider sharing the book with the friend next door who has a dog.
I'm fairly confident they'll appreciate it.
One postscript: If you visit his site to buy the book, be sure to bookmark it. Jason
is interested in feedback and his email address/url isn't in the book itself. His email address
is on the web site.
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