A Good Dog

A Good Dog

The Story of Orson, Who Changed My Life

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From the very beginning, Orson was a misfit. Like all border collies, he needed to work. But since there weren't any sheep available for herding in the New Jersey suburbs, Orson instead tried to corral school buses, garbage trucks, and skateboarding kidns. So Katz pulled up stakes and moved to a farm in upstate New York. There, Orson improved dramatically--until the day he started nipping people. The nips soon turned into bites, forcing Katz to face an incredibly painful decision.
Publisher: Prince Frederick, MD : Recorded Books, [2006]
Edition: Unabridged
Copyright Date: ℗2006
ISBN: 9781449897635
Branch Call Number: eAUDIOBOOK
Characteristics: 1 sound file (6 hr., 30 min.) : digital
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Additional Contributors: Stechschulte, Tom - Narrator

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RubyBe
Oct 29, 2017

If you know about anything about dog psychology, or if you've ever loved a dog and used positive training methods, this book will drive you nuts. The author adopted a dog with known problems.

The author then proceeded to use abusive training methods.

The author then forced the dog into situations that the author knew were triggering (the author had described his dog's extreme fear reactions to such situations) and then didn't help the poor dog. The dog, not surprisingly, developed fear biting.

Instead of spending some of his book royalties on hiring a canine behaviorist to help with the behavior and also he never had his dog medically evaluated to see if a physical cause was the problem. Instead, the author euthanized the dog and then spends a lot of time feeling sorry for himself.

The author's first book was about his 2 labradors. He had them killed at a very early stage or hip dysplasia. I guess he just didn't want to help the dogs with their problems. I've read several of these guy's books and each one drives me crazy in the same way. The abuse of the dog, the author's narcissistic involvement that makes it difficult for the author to treat the dog the way everyone I know treats their dogs.

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