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The Loved Dog: The Playful, Nonaggressive Way to Teach Your Dog Good Behavior
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Every dog owner must make a choice: Do you want a fearful and submissive pet, or do you want a happy, joyful, and well-mannered member of the family?

Tamar Geller's mission in life is to teach her cruelty-free method of "life coaching" for dogs and their people. Her revolutionary play-training uses mutual understanding and respect -- and puts an end to outdated methods that rely on physical exhaustion, choke chains, prong collars, dominance rollovers, or stressful aggression of any kind.

A former Israeli intelligence officer who witnessed the horrors of military dog training methods, Tamar went on to observe wolves in the wild. She discovered that wolves educate and socialize their cubs with games, bonding, and body language, not dominance or punishment. As a result, she developed teaching systems that address a dog's authentic nature, part wolflike and part toddlerlike. Learning can be a positive experience that dogs enjoy and look forward to, and we can actually make it fun for our dogs to listen to us and behave as we want them to.

Tamar's insights have brought dog training into the twenty-first century, and her groundbreaking techniques have won the approval of the Humane Society of the United States, for which she is a longtime advisor. Her celebrity clients include Oprah Winfrey, Ben Affleck, Courteney Cox-Arquette, Owen Wilson, and the Osbournes, and she has appeared as an expert on the Today show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Animal Planet, and more.

In The Loved Dog, Tamar gives you all the instruction, insights, and tips you need to teach your dog good manners, as well as to troubleshoot specific problems and unwanted behaviors. She helps you and your dog learn a common language, resulting in a loving, respectful relationship that will bring you years of joy and companionship. Tamar's play-training approach is so gentle, even children can get involved.

Whether you use Tamar's methods to raise a puppy or teach an old dog new tricks, you'll love The Loved Dog.

Customer Reviews:

  • Written By a Loving Trainer
    This book was recommended by my dog trainer. Ms. Geller uses only positive reinforcement techniques. She has worked with lots of shelter/adopted dogs and has lots of quick ideas for training, reinforcing positive behavior, and loving your dog. There is a little bit of name dropping (she is in L.A.) but other than that, she is quite modest and helpful. ...more info
  • The Loved Dog
    I thought this a very good book. It shows you other ways to train you dogs in a safe and happy why. I had bought it for my daughter to read to help her with training her new puppy. And I well be tell other about it....more info
  • what is your dog thinking?
    not the most well-written book ever, but I like her "hands-off" approach to training and focus on connecting with dogs. the book provided insight into "dog think" which has come in handy as a professional dog walker. ...more info
  • The Loved Dog
    This is an awsome book on the care and training of dogs. I would recommend it for anyone. It is an easy read and very informative.
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  • Old hat training techniques with lots of name dropping thrown in
    It's difficult to determine the goal of this book.

    The first section is bio about her childhood, which has little to do with training. The second part covers old training techniques I've been using for years. Nothing new here unless you've been under a rock for over a decade.

    And through it all is name dropping like I've never seen before. Oprah this, Scott Hamilton that, Courtney Cox this, Scrubs that.

    It's a good ploy to advertise her CA business. If she pulls it off, I guess she is good at marketing, if nothing else. ...more info
  • Great Dog training book!!!
    This is one of the best books I have ever read on training your own dog!! I have never owned a dog in my life, that I can remeber So when we got our family puppy, Mickey I was surely worried. I saw the author on Oprah before and thank God I remebered she wrote a book as we were at witts end training. Mickey is a great Lab puppy and still has accidents, but holy cow, it is nothing compared to before!! This book had it all...every problem we had with him, she had an answer..and a harmless answer to make it all better. ...more info
  • Great read!!!
    I really enjoyed this book. It tells a great story of the author's life as well as great advice on Dog training. I plan to go back to certain sections of the book and try them on my dog. It is a great book to own vs borrow from the library since you can go back and try the training on your dogs.

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  • Dog Lover get this book
    When I got this book I heard about it on Oprah. I was at my wits end w/ my Jack Russel. I love him to death but we got him a moth before I had my second child so he was never properly trained, and if you know JRT's they can be stuborn. Any way I bought a few books at the local pet shop and ended up returning them cuz they wanted me to use methods I didn't agree w/. My JRT's are part of my family and I don't stick chains around my kids necks and I won't do it to my dogs. Well after only a week of some good time w/ my dog his total attitude w/ me and his manners impoved. The best thing about it was the whole time he thought we were playing. I would recommend this book to anyone who is open to kicking out the window the old way of training dogs and want to make sure your pet will love you when your done....more info
  • Good, but not great.
    "The Loved Dog" doesn't teach or instruct the reader on anything more than common sense would dictate in dealing with dogs. Geller uses a much kinder method than other trainers, but the book is lacking in depth and detail. Too much time is spent on her past without really connecting the reader on anything more than a basic level. Once the training starts in the book, the author seems to speed through it without taking enough time to get fully into the hows and whys. More time is spent in commenting on all the famous folks that Geller knows and has worked with in the past. The book is definitely a good start to someone new to dog training, but wouldn't be the only book needed. ...more info
  • Not my cup of tea
    I skimmed this book at Sam's Club and decided not to add it to my extensive dog book library for several reasons.

    Number One is the extensive personal information which I thought was superfluous and silly. I suppose the publisher liked that stuff, and thought it would sell more books. Dog training books are all the rage right now, and I suppose publishers, not knowing anything about dogs, think they'll sell more books with all that touchy-feely stuff (including the training information).

    Number Two was when I read a sentence in one of the earlier chapters that said something to the effect of "When I opened the Loved Dog Cage-free Daycare...." I wouldn't want anyone who believes "cage-free" daycare is acceptable (or preferable) to have anything to do with my dogs, and I don't want my training clients reading that. Anyone worth their salt in the dog daycare business knows that downtime (time away from the other dogs, in a crate) is not just a luxury during the day for the dogs. It is a vital necessity. It is not healthy or safe for dogs to play all day. Playtime (which must be completely supervised by a competent adult at all times) should be broken up several times a day by crated quiet time, for one. But also, where do dogs in "cage-free" facilities sleep at night? Boarding dogs should be kennelled when not under supervision.

    "Cage-free" sounds so positive, and appeals to "furparents" because they think (misguidedly) that crates are mean. Unfortunately, many people who know little about dogs have bought into the doggy daycare boom and opened facilities because it seems like easy money. I'm not saying Tamar is one of these necessarily, but she is definitely wrong about "cage-free." It's like "no-kill": it's a term that means little, but gets people to give money because it sounds so nice.

    This whole new crop of dog training books seems to really be playing into the "revolutionary" (not) tactics that use treats and play to train. As others have said, treats and positive reinforcement have been used in training for years. They are the foundation for training any new behaviors.

    There are plenty of better books about training out there. Brian Kilcommons and Sarah Wilson have written several, as well as John Ross. As for her Oprah endorsement, I believe Tamar is Oprah's attempt to appease the "positive" trainers who flooded her with complaints about her endorsement of Cesar Millan.

    There are certainly some things in the book I agree with, but not enough to endorse it. It is possible to "love dogs," and treat them as dogs, and even have them respect you, by including non-abusive discipline in a training regimen. I don't see the need to villainize other trainers to get your information out there. You can like Cesar or hate him, but he has NEVER said an unkind word about any other trainers or authors, even when they've slammed him. That's class.

    I want dogs to get the training they need. I really do. There are many ways to train positively and get results in a quicker time frame than what is suggested here....more info
  • The Best Dog Trainning Book Ever!!!
    I first heard about The Loved Dog on Oprah and thought I would give it a try when it came to tranning my new puppy. At first I was really not looking forward to the whole tranning process, but this book changed all of that!! In just a short time of two weeks, my puppy was beginning to learn manners and we were having fun too!!I recommend this book to anyone who is having problems trainning their dogs, no matter how old they are. The Loved Dog uses positive reinforcemnet to give your dog manners and make him a happy member of your family....more info
  • Chocolate warning
    On page 82 where Geller discusses learning your dog's favorite treats, she mentions that one of her client dog's favorites is chocolate. Chocolate is toxic to dogs. Geller warns against other foods that are toxic to dogs--onions, grapes and raisins--but she makes no such warning about chocolate. This is a pretty serious oversight, especially for new dog owners who may be reading this book because of the Humane Society CEO's good review of it. I might have given this book 3 stars otherwise, but I'm giving it one star just to call attention to this hazard....more info
  • excellent dog book
    This book had a lot of very helpful ideas on how to effectively communicate with your dog. ...more info
  • This book saved my dog!
    We adopted a puppy at an unwanted pet giveaway, little knowing what we were in for. He started nipping our little girl (and us) and causing trouble. For the first few days, I was constantly stressed out by my husband (and sometimes daughter) demanding we get rid of the dog. Then I got this book--a fast, easy, and entertaining read. It immediately changed my attitude, and once I started working with and learning to love the pup, it helped everybody else. I'm not saying that everything's rosy here (mainly because I've been moving jobs and too busy to train him yet), but I didn't end up giving him away, and I believe that one day he'll be a good pet and we'll be good pet owners. I do agree, however, that the training could be more in-depth, so I ordered the DVD, which hasn't arrived yet. I can't get my five-year-old to read the book, but she can see the DVD, and so can her dad, and then we'll all be on the same page and things will get even better. Seriously, this book really changed my attitude. For that alone, it should get 5 stars, but I settled for 4 since I felt the need for more training advice. The book is wonderful....more info
  • A respectful/effective way to train your dog.
    Having worked with dogs over many years, and doing a video on a prominant trainer.....I found this book to offer an intelligent concept of working with and respecting your pet. Force can be destructive, and I learned from my friend, that patience and positive reinforcement are most effective.

    It is also well written and worthy of sharing....more info
  • There is No EASY Button
    I've read several negative reviews of this book and of other dog-training books on Amazon and honestly it seems like people just want an Easy Button. The more books your read and the better you know your animal will help you develop your own style of training. Each person is unique, so where I don't allow my dogs on the furniture, many people reading this may love the cuddle time with their pup. No one book is giong to 100% resonate with you, so it's really about learning as much as you can and setting your dog up to succeed.

    Climbing off my soap box, I think this is a great book for almost any dog owner. Let's face it, the majority of pet owners would hardly call themselves experts so it's frustrating when reviewers say books like this are recycled material. I commend anyone who's taking an active interest in learning how to train their dog. For those who want something clear and simple Tamar delivers. This is a How-To book that helps with the basics.

    One of my favorite suggestions she gives is to have the dog sit for everythjing, just as if you were teaching a child to say please. The dog is in a calm state of mind and getting whatever reward he's sitting for in only that position. My dog now sits whenever he wants anything. Doesn't mean he always gets it, but it's his way of asking nicely instead of jumping in my lap.

    When she talks about teaching tricks and behaviors, it was like a lightbulb went off in my head. I had never thought not to repeat myself over and over. The more I tried it (and it took patience on my part) I found that it actually worked quite well. Tamar instructs us to wait and let the dog "think" about it. I swear I could see the wheels turning in my dog's head. It's all logical though. If you asked me sit down and knit a blanket I couldn't do it. Saying it over and over and louder and louder would not overcome the fact that I don't know how to knit. With practice and incentive though, I could learn. So can your dog.

    My last commetn for the book is training to "Back Off" I didn't understand its value at first, however I'm already teaching my 7 month old puppy the behavior b/c I use it so much. Instead of jumping and getting excited for what he wants, my dog almost does the opposite by walking away from me and then sitting. The best part is that he does it on his own. When I do tell him "off" it's either b/c he's in harm's way (like when I open a hot oven) or I just need space (tying shoes, putting food bowl down, or opening a door) it's nice for him to take a step or two backwards without it being a struggle. Overall this book taught me how to teach functional behaviors. The biographical part is maybe not necessary, but it does show why she's trying to take a loving approach to dog training. I recommend this book for anyone who looses patience with their dog and wants to react some way other than yelling. It's much less stressful =)...more info
  • A Positive Perspective
    I read the book first and then saw the reviews posted. I agree with all of them both positive and constructive feedback. I don't believe the extent of personal information Tamar provided was excessive and it facilitated understanding of her commitment. I do agree with the reviewer that dogs need down-time and crates are a great way to provide them with a den. I enjoyed this book for the creative and positive methods it discussed relating to dogs. It's not the be-all end-all of training books. To be well-versed in dog training is to understand all the different methods and what works/doesn't work for particular dogs. I have German Shepherds and first read How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend by the Monks of New Skete who are renowned for GSD training. Though they discuss positive relationships with their dogs, I was not comfortable with some of their methods and they didn't work on my rescued dog at all. Tamar's methods worked better for my current GSD. It's a matter of finding what methods work best for each dog. Read a number of books, including this one. ...more info
  • Cover is just like the Cesar Milan book!!!
    This book may be useful if your dog is actually a GOOD RELAXED dog who will answer well to treats and "sweet voice" ...and if that's the case, well... YOU DON'T NEED THIS BOOK. This book is intended for people that feel sorry about applying proper discipline to their pets. I guess Tamar is trying to reach out to this kind of dog owner (and make some business) ...But she had to make the cover exactly like the Cesar Milan book just in case!!!
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  • Sound book on dog behavior
    This book was quite informative as to the motives of dogs and was an easy read. I have an 8 year old Golden and found the examples quite accurate. I wish I had read this book when I was training my dog...but it is quite helpful even with an older dog. The book could have used a few more examples of training...and a bit more emphasis on the concept of having at least one negative feedback sound (like a high pitched screech as described in the book). However, I believe overall it is a must read for new dog owners....more info
  • Beginners' dog training (with excessive name dropping)
    I enjoyed this book, since I'm at the beginning of learning about dog training, in advance of getting a dog. But dear god, that woman likes to name drop! Did I mention Oprah's dogs? What about Olivia Newton-John? And my favorite, her best friend in the world is married to some moderately successful somebody, and she barely mentions her best friend to describe what her best friend's husband does... and then she gets to their dogs. Yikes.

    That being said, she has a nice message, I like the nonviolent approach, and the fact that she does incorporate some pack behaviorism (alpha dog without the alpha roll or forced submission).

    Next, I'm reading "The Other End of the Leash", "Culture Clash", and "How Your Dog Thinks" for a little meatier training. Tamar Geller is light and has a nice kind philosophy, and some good ideas about how to handle your dog(s)....more info
  • I love the loved dog
    every dog owner and everyone thinking about getting a dog must, not should, read this book!...more info
  • I loved this book
    Finally a dog training book that espouses love, understanding and respect for our dogs! Believe me, I have read many dog training books and I have found that this is the one that rings true to me. The writing is accessible, the instruction is clear, and the philosophy behind the instruction is also clear. Unlike other reviewers, I found the "name dropping" to be helpful. Why? Because knowing that Tamar has been on Dateline and has worked with well-known people like Oprah tells me she is highly respected and knows her stuff. I don't need to read another boring textbook of dog behavior, and I surely don't need another one of those male-oriented training tomes that urges us to use aggressive, frightening techniques like the alpha-roll or the muzzle grab with our beloved dogs. I loved this book and it works!...more info
  • Unremarkable
    This book doesn't go in-depth enough as a training book, and really has nothing new to say that other authors haven't said before and with more clarity. I'm glad that the celebrity bandwagon has promoted "playful and nonaggressive" (and suprememly effective) training methods this time around, but look to other authors such as Jean Donaldson (The Culture Clash: A Revolutionary New Way to Understanding the Relationship Between Humans and Domestic Dogs)), Ian Dunbar How to Teach a New Dog Old TricksBefore and After Getting Your Puppy: The Positive Approach to Raising a Happy, Healthy, and Well-Behaved Dog, Patricia McConnell Family Friendly Dog Training: A Six Week Program for You and Your Dog and Pam Dennison The Complete Idiot's Guide to Positive Dog Training for more user-friendly books....more info
  • The Loved Dog
    It was a pleasure finally to find someone with whose gentle, sensible, methods, view point, and philosophy I agree, especially after some rather harsh tactics I have observed by other trainers. You can tell Tamar truly loves her dogs as much as most owners love their dogs. I am glad I happened to become familiar with her book. All dogs deserve to be the loved dog....more info
  • Digest this book: You will have what you need to have a mutually satisfying relationship with an obedient dog.
    I own and have read many books on dogs and training them, but this is the one I will have at my side to keep me on course. It is truly a method of no pain and a lot of gain in dog/human relationships and obedience. ...more info
  • Fun Dog Training
    This book approaches training in a fun way. After reading it, I wanted to go play!-- with my dogs, that is. My one dog responded very well to the positive and playful approach. He seemed to catch on faster and was more excited about pleasing me. The other dog was already very responsive. Good book.
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  • Finally, someone who understands dogs!
    This book (and the audio version, also) is fantastic! It is a simple guide to a great method of humane dog training. It makes sense, it is fun, and my dog LOVES it. I was surprised how quickly he reponded. The personal background section in her book makes you realize how detrimental cruelty is, to humans and to animals. Wonderful, wonderful, and SO much better than anything I've ever seen from the "Dog Torturer." And you who I mean....more info
  • Very helpful book training our new puppy
    I have had dogs all my life and had experience with professional trainers, some good, some not so good. I found Tamara Geller's "The Loved Dog" excellent reading for a dog owner. Her theories made very good sense: her methods of training are easy to understand for the pet owner and for our puppy too! I'd like to think that he is especially smart, but I must credit the author with excellent advice on training....more info
  • An Encouraging How-To
    I thought the book was rather clever, offering another way to look at training. Positive training is the core of her program, as well as patience and time required of the dog owner. That may just be the most important lesson of the book; dogs require the attention one would give to a small child. Leaving hidden treats around the house for the dog to find, keeping life interesting for the dog, and getting exercise are a few of the ways to build a connected relationship with the animal, for mutual pleasure. People who are considering getting a dog, or have one, should read this very pleasant, encouraging training book. Those folks who do not have time to give to a pet, shouldn't get one....more info
  • The Great White Hype

    It seems to me that Tamar Gellar is an authentically sweet, totally dedicated, dog-loving dog trainer. There's nothing especially wrong with this book, other than the title, which catches and gets stuck on the tongue for some reason, or her approach to training, except the use of spray bottles and the idea that it's okay to yell (no, not "yell" - SCREAM) at a dog. And frankly the genuine horror she describes at viewing some of the tactics used by K-9 trainers in Israel is perfectly understandable. What bothers me about this book isn't the content so much as how it's being promoted. Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States, says Gellar's approach to dog training is "nothing short of a revolution," which is utterly ridiculous. He also says that her Pavlovian style has brought dog training forward into the 21st Century. Uh, pardon me, didn't Pavlov and Skinner do all this back in the 1920s and 30s?

    So why the fake build up to what is essentially a slightly more punitive, less pristine version of "positive" training methods promoted by Ian Dunbar, Pat Donaldson, and others? It seems obvious to me that Gellar has been elected by the Humane Society to counteract the popularity of The Dog Whisperer (whom they hate), because just like Cesar Millan, Gellar has worked with Oprah's dogs. They're not promoting her because she's a truly innovative trainer (she's not). They just want to use her Oprah connection to knock off Cesar. And that's hype. Bad hype.

    The thing is, for all his lack of truly understanding dogs, at least from the higher level of awareness set out in Kevin Behan's groundbreaking philosophy (found in Natural Dog Training), Cesar Millan is a true phenomenon. He's not made up. Yes he's been hyped like crazy in the media, but there's no getting around the fact that he has a gift. He can do things with just his body language and the flick of an eyebrow that few other trainers can. The only problem is it that what he does isn't based on the higher forms of canine behavior found when wolves are in-synch while hunting together as a cohesive social unit (which is the genesis of the pack instinct, by the way). Instead Millan bases his approach on the behaviors of wolves and dogs when they're in conflict over resources (which is actually rare in wild wolves, and even rarer in happy, well-adjusted doggies). As a result Millan doesn't really heal or rehabilitate troubled dogs; he just puts them under his magician's spell temporarily.

    Gellar says that after leaving the Israeli army she took part in a study on wolf behavior where she watched the way wild wolf parents really behave, how they gently teach and play with their young, and how they don't act aggressively or dominant toward their offspring. This is great stuff, whether she's trying to differentiate herself from Millan or not. But it's nothing new. This has been known for some time and has been integrated into the training paradigms of a lot of working dog trainers for years. (It's even a key feature of my mystery novels, believe it or not!) Still, given that wolf parents don't dominate or punish their offspring, one has to wonder why shpritzing a dog isn't seen as physical punishment in Gellar's view, and where the hell those wild wolves she bases her training on get their spray bottles in the first place? And the idea that a dog's authentic nature is part wolflike and part toddlerlike (?) is laughable. What strand of the wolf's DNA does the toddler part come from?

    Still I like that Gellar is trying to approach training from the perspective of the way real wolf packs operate (though I don't think she has a clue about why they operate the way they do, or how to translate the real wolf model into effective dog training). And sadly, I don't think she's up to the task the Humane Society has set for her of competing with Cesar Millan, his popularity, or his success. It just seems to me that if you're going to choose a knight to enter the lists against Millan you've got to do better than this sweet, good-natured, kewpie doll. All Cesar would have to do is put Gellar in a room with a highly aggressive dog (as long as the paramedics were on speed-dial). And while he'd be able to control such an animal within a few seconds (albeit with brutality, not intelligence), Gellar would likely be left crying and bleeding, holding a ripped bag of chicken treats and an empty shpritz bottle. It wouldn't be pretty.

    It's sad because Gellar is probably a nicer person underneath it all; she's just not the "great white hope" of dog training the Humane Society desperately wants her to be...

    I give her three stars for her convictions, and for at least being on the right track....more info
  • Great dog book
    I really liked this book, very helpful with a number of things about what your dog is doing and how to fix it without yelling and screaming at your dog. I am trying to teach right now the "0ff" because he is aggressive with other dogs and I figured that teaching him off will help....more info
  • Golden Retriever Lover
    This was a great training book. With that said, I used its advice for a very trainable breed. The author makes a lot of sense. I would suggest reading this book well before you ever bring your new best friend home....more info