Head of the Pack
By: Christina Potter
Writer: Aperture Press
Publication Date: August 2017
Reviewed by: Ellen Feld
Assessment Date: March 19, 2018
Canine coach and writer Christina Potter, in her third e-book within the “Chester Gigolo” collection, delivers a e-book that’s a whole lot of enjoyable to learn whereas, extra importantly, giving readers a whole lot of very helpful info on canine coaching.
Head of the Pack is split into sixteen chapters that look at varied elements of the canine world that can enable you practice your canine. The e-book opens with an introduction that shares how a lot canine get pleasure from human companionship and the way it works greatest when each canine and human perceive one another. So, how do you enhance your skill to speak together with your canine? That is what the e-book is all about.
Immediately within the first chapter, the writer provided recommendation that drew me in and made me need to learn the remainder of the e-book. “Blur the traces between enjoying and coaching, and you’ll have a canine that’s delighted to work with you any time.” From there, she goes on to clarify that you just should be agency however not too agency. How? She makes use of an analogy of a spaghetti noodle that works completely to get her level throughout. The chapters are pretty brief – most are three or 4 pages – and every part may be very simple to know.
Head of the Pack is “written” by Chester Gigolo, a Berger Picard, and he is one good canine. Chester shares his coaching experience on a broad vary of subjects from realizing what every breed has been bred for (and utilizing that data to pick the right canine in addition to utilizing their innate instincts to benefit when coaching) to how typically to present treats and even what sort of treats work greatest. And in contrast to many canine coaching manuals that provide ideas in a dry, boring method, Chester is sort of humorous and entertaining. He livens up every chapter with commentary – for instance, when speaking about getting treats, “march into the kitchen, load up on yummy treats – in your palms, not in your tummy – and let’s get began.”
There’s a whole lot of helpful info on this e-book that each first-time canine house owners and extra superior canine followers will be taught from. What I notably appreciated is that the writer did not simply share her views and say “it really works for me, it will be just right for you.” Slightly, she backs up her statements with analysis from all over the world, noting the researchers/establishments/journals, how the exams had been performed, and the outcomes. Whereas I’ve had canine all my life and prefer to suppose I do know what I am doing when coaching, I positively realized rather a lot from this e-book. Do you know that tail wagging would not at all times imply a canine is pleased? What about growling? For methods, the writer advises utilizing your canine’s breed to assist decide what methods can be best on your canine to be taught after which follows up with a number of actual life examples that present how completely different breeds react to the identical scenario. And talking of methods, chapter ten (smack dab in the midst of the e-book) is devoted to trick coaching. There are 25 methods dissected in such a method that once more, it is simple to see methods to train every trick. Most are additionally accompanied by an image of a canine performing the trick. I “dog-tested” a number of of the methods on my canine Rocco (a dachshund/yorkie combine who’s lovable however not the brightest gentle bulb within the pack), and he was capable of comply with my lead and do the methods. That’s itself is well worth the value of this e-book!