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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 09-22-2010, 05:03 PM Thread Starter
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I had this book recommended to me by someone who has raised GSDs for 30+ years.

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by Richard Wolters

Has anyone used this method? It's an old book. I think it was first published in the 60's. Most of the people who reviewed the book on Amazon absolutely rave about it, but there's a few people who were completely disgusted by his methods.

Regardless, the first chapter is fascinating about how puppies mature.
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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 09-22-2010, 06:42 PM
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Wow, I skipped past all the glowing reviews to some of the negative ones and it amazes me how anyone could think this was a great book. Although that first chapter is supposed to be good, (even some of the people who did not like the rest of the book commented on this) he suggests pushing your dog down the stairs if it tries to go past you? Closing a door or gate on a dog's neck if it tries to go out a door (I DO close the door in my dogs' face but not ON it! ), spanking a dog to teach it that "you mean business", and to prevent dognapping you should have a stranger entice your dog into a car and then throw it to the ground and hit it?!?! Yikes!

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Wow, I did not even read the reviews but Cassidy's Mom's post and YIKES! Sounds like a good way to promote animal abuse.

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What!?! That is animal cruelty, how can this be legal?

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Oh my gosh!!!! Thats all I can say!!

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I agree with the WOW response.....just reading Cassidy's mom's post....crazy.


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Yeah, I don't agree with the negative reinforcement AT ALL, but I've been reading the first chapter and it's very interesting. Maybe I'll transcribe some of it and post it here. I'm wondering if some of those people ignored the corporal punishment and only used the other parts of the method...
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I'm wondering if some of those people ignored the corporal punishment and only used the other parts of the method...
Either that or they didn't know much about dog training. The methods in general are very outdated, which is to be expected from a book written back in the 60's. If you can take some good from the book and leave the rest, that's fine. It is alarming though that so many people are raving about this book, several of the positive reviews are within the last year.

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I think I used to know someone who had that book. He had the most scared GSD I'd ever met in my life. In fact, I remember him mentioning it. I couldn't call animal control on him because they really didn't exist in our area then, I seriously wanted to steal both his dogs after I saw the way they were being treated.

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Maybe I'll transcribe some of it and post it here.
Pretty sure that's not legal and a violation of the terms of the board.


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