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In Praise of Surviving Your Dog''s Adolescence

""Carol Benjamin has brought her usual wit and insight to bear on what is one of the most troubling phases for dog owners.... Whether you''re having difficulties with a youngster or have a puppy who will soon be an adolescent, you can''t help but benefit from reading this book."" Robert G. Maxwell President, The American Kennel Club

""A concise and practical guide Zthat] confronts almost every potential problem...with solid advice and good humor. It is destined to become a dog owner''s next best friend."" Roger A. Caras President, ASPCA
A Howell Dog Book of Distinction

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As any parent knows, adolescence is the most challenging part of raising a child. However, as Carol Lea Benjamin proves in "Surviving Your Dog''s Adolescence," illustrative cartoons, pertinent case studies, and good advice can certainly make that challenging age easier to handle.

As a professional dog trainer, Benjamin focuses her advice on positive training techniques designed to help both parent and teen through the tumultuous adolescent period. Many of her insights are portrayed through the eyes of a canine, and help to illustrate the types of thoughts entertained by the teen dog. These range from the dog who responds to his owner''s calls of "Come" with "When Pigs Fly," to the dog who demonstrates his tenacity by staking out a mole hill with a flag that says "Never Say Die." Also included are techniques for effective training, guidelines for appropriate dog-owner relationships, and tips for dealing with specific dog "problems." Case studies of real-life dogs offer substantial evidence to back up Benjamin''s recommendations.

A must-read for any owner of an adolescent dog, "Surviving Your Dog''s Adolescence" can help any parent understand the teen dog and help to provide guidelines that result in a rewarding relationship for both dog and owner. --Jennifer Pugh

From Publishers Weekly

Lest any dog owner think thorough puppy-training sufficient to ensure happily-ever-after canine camaraderie, the author of the puppy-training classic Mother Knows Best pinpoints a trouble spot in doggie development. At anywhere between five and 10 months of age, warns Benjamin, the typically "underemployed" family dog will hit adolescence, and even a previously obedient dog may become "bratty," "moody" and easily distracted. The language here may be anthropomorphic, but Benjamin quickly goes on to offer sensible solutions to a legitimate set of canine behavior problems. She bases her training on the well-known model whereby the owner assumes the so-called Alpha role in the "pack"; while she has explained her theories and methods in previous books, and while most of her strategies for "winning your dog''s respect" are more explicitly discussed in her colleague Job Michael Evans''s People, Pooches and Problems , her focus on the adolescent dog is unique and her insights about general training are stimulating. The tone is chatty and the pace leisurely--which may reassure those in need of sympathy and aggravate others who want to get down to business. Illustrations not seen by PW.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Benjamin, a well-known dog trainer with over 20 years of experience, here offers a recipe for transforming the willful, disobedient adolescent canine into an enjoyable, well-behaved companion. Her method, which will be familiar to readers of her regular column in Pure Bred Dogs and American Kennel Gazette and in her other books, including Dog Problems (Howell, 1989) and Mother Knows Best (Howell, 1985), is based on treating the dog and his human family as a "pack" and establishing the dog''s owner as its "alpha" member. While her book focuses on problems typical of adolescence, such as house soiling, destructiveness, aggression, disobedience, and overexuberance, Benjamin rightly points out that ill-trained dogs will have carried these "adolescent" problems into adulthood, making her guide appropriate for any dog owner. In a particularly useful section, she deals with the inherited behavioral tendencies of different breeds and "character" types and offers positive suggestions on how to channel these tendencies into acceptable behaviors. An entertaining book teeming with good advice. Recommended.
- Ellen Finnie Duran ceau, MIT Lib.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From the Inside Flap

Carol Lea Benjamin has done it again. She has written another great book on dog training. This time, she addresses a subject that has never been so thoughtfully and thoroughly examined: canine adolescence. Depending on the breed, a dog''s teenage years can start as early as five months of age and last until he''s two and a half or three years old. Has the adorable puppy that almost always obeyed you suddenly become a brat with lots of attitude? Does your dog bark back, steal food, destroy your things when left alone? Worse yet, has he become aggressive? Carol Lea Benjamin''s Surviving Your Dog''s Adolescence presents a positive training program that will teach you everything you need to know in order to have the dog you wish for and deserve. Benjamin explains why puppy training does not work on adolescent dogs, and why training with treats offers only short-term benefits. For the adolescent, for whom choosing to disobey can be an irresistible temptation, Benjamin''s answer is training the natural way, the way your dog''s mother taught him. With easy-to-follow steps, she will show you how to win your dog''s respect, get and hold his attention, teach the basic commands and play games that inspire good habits. Surviving Your Dog''s Adolescence presents a humane and effective approach to socializing, exercising, educating and enjoying the zestful adolescent dog.

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In Praise of Surviving Your Dog''s Adolescence

"Carol Benjamin has brought her usual wit and insight to bear on what is one of the most troubling phases for dog owners.... Whether you''re having difficulties with a youngster or have a puppy who will soon be an adolescent, you can''t help but benefit from reading this book." ?Robert G. Maxwell President, The American Kennel Club

"A concise and practical guide Zthat] confronts almost every potential problem...with solid advice and good humor. It is destined to become a dog owner''s next best friend." ?Roger A. Caras President, ASPCA
A Howell Dog Book of Distinction

About the Author

About the Author CAROL LEA BENJAMIN is a professional dog trainer with over twenty years'' experience with dogs of all ages and with all kinds of problems. She is the author of six other books on dog behavior, Mother Knows Best: The Natural Way to Train Your Dog; Dog Problems; Dog Training for Kids; Dog Tricks (with Captain Arthur Haggerty); Second-Hand Dog: How to Turn Yours into a First-Rate Pet and The Chosen Puppy: How to Select and Raise a Great Puppy from an Animal Shelter. In addition, she has written two novels and four nonfiction books for children. Her award-winning column, "Dog Trainer''s Diary," has been published in the AKC''s Gazette since 1979.

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E. A. Summers
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Some good info, harsh tone at some points, not my favorite any more.
Reviewed in the United States on July 24, 2018
I currently have a 5.5 month old pup, my first puppy in 17 years. 17 years ago, I had several of the author''s books in addition to Monks of New Skete and trained my Karelian Bear Dog along the lines of both. We got there but it was a tough go at times. Several... See more
I currently have a 5.5 month old pup, my first puppy in 17 years. 17 years ago, I had several of the author''s books in addition to Monks of New Skete and trained my Karelian Bear Dog along the lines of both. We got there but it was a tough go at times.

Several years ago with a Karelian adopted at 6.5 years after his owner died … a well trained dog with some shyness/insecurity which came out in barkiness and mild aggression (only toward other dogs, not people or children) … I worked with a trainer who gave me some info on clicker training. We did so well very quickly! And with a few other things: learning to use a ramp for vehicle access and adjusting to a new kitten. I was sold on clicker training and Karen Pryor.

So, 4/2018 my first puppy in 17 years and I''ve been doing clicker/positive reinforcement with huge success. We are headed into adolescence so I bought the kindle version of this having given all my hard covers away. I remembered liking the book but I read the entire thing and although I did find some things that made sense and I will incorporate, I very much disliked the author''s tone which at times felt "mean", condescending and was totally off putting. For comparison, I also have current Monks of New Skete books and they take a somewhat similar approach with a kinder tone.

I took some things that I thought were helpful but I closed the book feeling like I would not open again nor buy another.
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Amy H
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Thank goodness for a trainer who actually knows dogs!
Reviewed in the United States on December 28, 2014
I adopted a one year old dog who had no training, other than being housebroken. She''s an intelligent, headstong dog with a lot of terrier and Boxer in her, and I love her, but her wild behavior and youthful exuberance that knew no boundaries was driving me insane. Classes... See more
I adopted a one year old dog who had no training, other than being housebroken. She''s an intelligent, headstong dog with a lot of terrier and Boxer in her, and I love her, but her wild behavior and youthful exuberance that knew no boundaries was driving me insane. Classes at the Humane Society did no good. They were 100% pure positive, and I was supposed to ignore my dog''s misbehavior in the hopes that it would just magically disappear. Well, this dog loves jumping on people simply for the sake of jumping. Ignore it all you want...her pleasure comes from rebounding off your body, and it''s only through telling her no, and standing on her leash so she corrects herself when she tries to leap that I''m making progress with her. So I quit the Humane Society''s hogwash, and found that pure positive has infested my area like a plague. Good luck finding anyone who actually understands dog behavior and how to train. Not harshly, of course, but good grief...it''s ok to tell a dog no. Try playing a game of "hot and cold" without ever saying "cold," and you will see why the pure positive folks have set dog training back into the dark ages. Anyway, long ago a friend recommended Benjamin''s Mother Knows Best book. So I went looking for that, and found this book. Perfect. I''ve got an adolescent dog who is full of herself! Benjamin helped me gain some perspective, as well as offering very upbeat, positive ways to work with my dog. And yes, it''s ok to correct a dog when needed, but she writes to use the gentlest correction that works. Which 99% of the time means I say a simple "uhuh" to my dog. The other 1% of the time, I give a quick tug on her leash. Things I got scolded for at the Humane Society. Well, all my dog learned there was that she could act up in class without consequences. I need a dog who is well behaved no matter where I take her. This book has definitely helped with that goal, and not only do I like my dog a lot better as a result, I understand her a lot more, and found the patience to work with her. When we were going to the Humane Society, things were so out of hand I wanted to drop kick her! Now that frustration is long gone, and she and I are a lot happier together.
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I''ve recommended this countless times!
Reviewed in the United States on January 2, 2016
Got this when it first came out to help me with a rambunctious boxer pup. Have lost track of how many times I''ve recommended it to others & the number of copies I''ve bought to give as gifts. Just gifted another copy! Highly readable & loaded with Good Common Sense. 23+... See more
Got this when it first came out to help me with a rambunctious boxer pup. Have lost track of how many times I''ve recommended it to others & the number of copies I''ve bought to give as gifts. Just gifted another copy! Highly readable & loaded with Good Common Sense. 23+ years in dogs & countless training books later, this one still rises to the top of my share list, along with Karen Pryor''s Don''t Shoot the Dog. I''ve put obedience & rally titles on boxers & a whippet -- all high-drive, strong-willed, dogs who were trained with lots of happy talk & treats. Current (teenage!) whippet inspired me to dust off my copy.
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Jill Morstad
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Required reading
Reviewed in the United States on May 27, 2014
Of all the dog and puppy classes I teach, the most popular is ''Surviving Your Dog''s Adolescence''. Our curriculum is drawn from this lovely and perpetually-relevant book and I encourage all the owners of teenaged-canines to get a copy and follow along. Adolescence... See more
Of all the dog and puppy classes I teach, the most popular is ''Surviving Your Dog''s Adolescence''. Our curriculum is drawn from this lovely and perpetually-relevant book and I encourage all the owners of teenaged-canines to get a copy and follow along.

Adolescence is a vulnerable time for dogs. No longer the ''cute'' puppy but not quite the stable, well-behaved adult, the adolescent dog is most likely to be misunderstood -- and all too often -- finding himself in a shelter kennel or looking for a new home through no fault of his own. The wisdom, insights, and practical tips for training and leadership found in Carol''s book are key to helping that young dog keep the home he''s already got and that''s the most valuable outcome of all.

Dogs have to do in 12-18 months what it takes we humans 18-20 years to do: they have to grow up. That second half of puppyhood can be much more challenging than the first, but with this book as your guide, the results will amaze and astonish. You''ll he envy of your friends, who''ll want to know how to get their dog to behave as well as yours. Give yourself (and your dog) the gift of good communication. It''s all here.
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Informative and nuanced
Reviewed in the United States on December 21, 2016
This book shows humans how to understand, communicate, and adapt to their dog. The author reveals that dog training is really just human training through patience, consistency, and levity.
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Maxine
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punishment not reinforcement
Reviewed in the United States on April 6, 2018
This is positive punishment, not positive reinforcement. The condition of the book was fine, the contents of the book are not useful. If you are looking for a positive reinforment training plan, keep looking.
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Agathas Pet Wellness
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Puppy Training Classic!
Reviewed in the United States on March 21, 2017
Carol Lea Benjamin''s classic on raising the teenager puppy! She is the BEST! Her methods are gentle and loving but firm. Puppies respond so beautifully to this kind of approach.
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Anne
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Dog advice!
Reviewed in the United States on July 9, 2016
Was in good condition as described. Good , informative read.
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Holly B
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Haven''t had a pup for 9 years!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 25, 2016
I haven''t had a pup for 9years and this book has really helped remind me that they can really test you as they get that little bit closer to adolescence. Easy reading, funny, and so true.
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So reassuring to realise you are not alone and all ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 6, 2014
So reassuring to realise you are not alone and all is not lost when your dog seemingly turns into a teenager overnight. Read this and give yourself a break.
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