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The new Bible for training and caring for your dog, Dogs On the Couch offers a comprehensive look at what a pet-enthusiast should and shouldn't do to become a dog's best friend.
Increasingly, dog owners are turning away from traditional training methods and seeking something not only kinder, but more effective. In Dogs on the Couch, noted pet behaviorist Larry Lachman, the founder of the animal-behavior consultant company Family Animal, and journalist Frank Mickadeit reveal a revolutionary alternative to the often cruel methods of the past.
Using extensive "case studies" of the many types of dogs-and owners-and borrowing cleverly from the decade's past experience with human family systems therapy, Lachman provides advice on how to make every stage of pet-owning joyful and rewarding. He helps dog-owners discover how behavior problems like phobias, nuisance barking, aggression, separation anxiety, and fearfulness can develop-and how they can be solved and prevented. By addressing such issues as choosing the breed that is right for the family, dealing with pet rivalry, and introducing a new child into the family, this useful guide will help readers figure out how to help make their dogs the happiest and best companions they can be.
"Lachman concentrates on the relationship between the dog and every member of the household to discover safe, loving methods for training happy canine companions." Dog Fancy
"Sixty percent of Lachman's clientele is canine, but he analyzes and treats their problems with as keen an eye as he would on the human patients who occupy his sofa...Dogs on the Couch provides a common-sense approach and humanitarian techniques for training dogs." Journal News (Yonkers, NY)
"Larry Lachman's dog-training advice is straightforward, thoughtful, and humane. This is a man who clearly understands both sides of the human/dog relationship. Dogs on the Couch teaches families that making their canine behave doesn't require raising a hand. With Larry's guidance, owners can become their dog's best friend." Karen A. Klemens in The Healthy Dog newsletter
Dr. Larry Lachman has been an animal behavior consultant specializing in dogs and cats since 1986. He founded and directs Family Animal: A Gentle Approach to Pet Behavior Training, which provides dog-training classes, seminars for veterinarians, an internationally distributed newsletter, and a web site (www.familiyanimal.com). His methods have been featured in newspapers around the country and he has made numerous TV, radio, and web appearances. He lives in Laguna Hills, California, with his flat-coated retriever, Max.
Frank Mickadeit has been an editor and reporter at The Orange County Register for over a decade. He lives with his wife, Kathy, and their Scottish Terriers, Winston and Angie, in Rancho Santa Margaita, California.