This morning, on Good Morning America, they had an interview with Dr. Nicholas H. Dodman, a renowned animal behaviorist with several books to his name. The purpose of the interview? Of course, to promote his newest book on dog behavior, “The Well-Adjusted Dog: Dr. Dodman’s Seven Steps to Lifelong Health and Happiness for Your Best Friend”. This book will lay down a seven step approach to caring for an adult dog, including the dog’s health, behavior and environment. As part of the interview, GMA also posted an excerpt from this book, which can be found at http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Books/Story?id=5332761&page=1.
After reading the preview on the GMA site, I immediately ordered the book. It is a well laid out plan to help anyone understand why their dog does what it does, and what can be done to change unwanted behavior. This book includes such discussions as how much exercise is the right amount for your dog, and why, how what your dog eats, and how much, greatly affects your dog’s behavior, how to truly communicate with your dog, how to be a leader in your dog’s eyes (yes, a leader, not the “Alpha”… Dr Dodman was just a little critical about Milan’s Dog Whisperer methods), and much much more.
If anyone truly wants to understand their dog, and stop unwanted behavior problems, then I highly recommend that they add this book to their library.