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A revolutionary way to raise and train your dog, with “a wealth of practical tips, tricks, and fun games that will enrich the lives of many dogs and their human companions” (Dr. Ian Dunbar, veterinarian and animal behaviorist).

Zak George is a new type of dog trainer. A dynamic YouTube star and Animal Planet personality with a fresh approach, Zak helps you tailor dog training to your pet’s unique traits and energy level—leading to quicker results and a much happier pup.

For the first time, Zak has distilled the information from his hundreds of videos and experience with thousands of dogs into this comprehensive dog and puppy training guide that includes:

• Choosing the right pup for you
• Housetraining and basic training
• Handling biting, leash pulling, jumping up, barking, aggression, chewing, and other behavioral issues
• Health care essentials like finding a vet and selecting the right food
• Cool tricks, traveling tips, and activities to enjoy with your dog
• Topics with corresponding videos on Zak’s YouTube channel so you can see his advice in action
 
Packed with everything you need to know to raise and care for your dog, this book will help you communicate and bond with one another in a way that makes training easier, more rewarding, and—most of all—fun!

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 “ Zak George’s Dog Training Revolution is a must-read for dog lovers everywhere. It has a wealth of practical tips, tricks, and fun games that will enrich the lives of many dogs and their human companions.”
Dr. Ian Dunbar, veterinarian, animal behaviorist, and founder of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers

About the Author

ZAK GEORGE has starred in Animal Planet''s SuperFetch and BBC''s  Who Let the Dogs Out. His YouTube channel, Zak George''s Dog Training Revolution, is the number one destination for dog training video content in the world.
 
DINA ROTH PORT is an award-winning author and freelance journalist whose work has appeared in publications including Glamour, Self, Prevention, and the Huffington Post.

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INTRODUCTION

Few things in this world are more exciting and more memorable than welcoming a new dog into your life. The journey goes far beyond simply having a companion by your side. Dogs have much to teach us: They always live in the moment. They’re never spiteful, and they don’t hold grudges. Also, there’s just something about dogs’ loyalty and unconditional love that makes people crazy about them. 
   
That’s not to say that bringing a dog home doesn’t come with its challenges. You have a lot to teach your new pet so that you can live in harmony and have a long, rewarding relationship. Whether you are reading this book because you’ve just gotten a dog or because you want some fresh perspective on raising the one you already have, I promise you that you have come to the right place. 

Like many people, I have always adored dogs. I grew up with an adorable terrier mix named Raisin, and I learned that dogs are independent-minded beings who have a great capacity for love. 
 
As I got older, my love for dogs continued to grow. I was absolutely fascinated by them—I’d watch dog Frisbee competitions on TV and was blown away by their flips, leaps, and other tricks. I just couldn’t wrap my head around the idea that a dog and a person could communicate so well, and I really wanted to experience that. So in my twenties, I decided it was time to raise a dog on my own. Little did I know that my life was about to take a turn from average to amazing: that’s when I got Venus. 
 
Venus is a Border Collie, and from the minute I met her I was so impressed by her intelligence. I spent a lot of time training her and always made it fun. In turn, we became completely in tune with each other, and she seemed as obsessed with learning as I was with teaching. I found that there was virtually no limit to what she could do. In just a few days, she learned how to fake a limp by walking on three legs—total Hollywood style, really convincing. Then there’s my favorite trick I call “Superstar”—I’d lie on my back and Venus would balance on her hind legs on top of the soles of my feet. Next, I’d throw Frisbees to her, one after the other. She’d catch every one while maintaining her balance! However, while I know part of her success was due to the amount of time I dedicated to her, it was our bond that played an even bigger role. Venus showed me that when you prioritize your relationship with your dog, the teaching process becomes easy
   
When Venus was about ten months old, I decided to drop my real estate career and figure out how I could somehow make a living while teaching her. Of course this job didn’t exist, but I found something surprisingly close. By this point, Venus had won her first three Frisbee competitions, and I found out that a PetSmart near my house was looking for a dog trainer. I scheduled an interview and brought Venus and our three trophies as my resumé. Venus and I performed for the interviewer. I was hired on the spot. 
   
I enjoyed my time at PetSmart over the next few years—it gave me tons of experience. After that, I continued training and, in total, taught thousands of dogs and their families. I worked with all different breeds and mixed breeds and handled virtually every behavioral issue you can imagine. I also added two more Border Collies to my family—Alpha Centauri and Supernova—and eventually took a job with Stunt Dog Productions, performing with my three dogs nationwide. In 2006, I also launched my YouTube channel, now known as Zak George’s Dog Training Revolution, posting videos on how to teach dogs everything from “roll over” to how to stop them from jumping up. I quickly acquired more subscribers than any other dog trainer on YouTube, a status that holds today. Eventually, my success led to my starring on my first TV show, Animal Planet’s SuperFetch, on which I taught average people how to teach their dogs awesome tricks. Later, I produced and starred on a BBC show called Who Let the Dogs Out?, a talent search for Britain’s best young dog trainers. 
   
Throughout all of this experience, I showed people that by learning to connect with their dogs and have fun with them, they could teach them extraordinary things. However, I was also shocked by the scary amount of misinformation in the dog training world. I heard a lot of talk about how we have to be our dogs’ pack leaders and that we need to dominate them; otherwise they will attempt to be the “alpha.” I saw very well-known traditional trainers tell people that dogs are essentially wolves at heart and should be treated as such, even though the actual science tells a very different story. Dogs did descend from ancient wolves, but this next point is critical: for thousands of years, humans have specifically bred dogs for different skills, such as herding, retrieving, or simply for companionship. In other words, dogs have been bred to interact with people. Catering to the wolf ancestry rather than acknowledging this selective breeding ignores why the modern dog even exists, and any training method that teaches based on this old-fashioned line of thinking is fundamentally flawed. 

Unfortunately, traditional dog training, which relies heavily on dominance theory, often means punishment-based training. People are told to use force and intimidation to teach their dogs to be submissive. This has always bothered me, not just because it can be very unpleasant for the dog, but also because it focuses on making dogs act a certain way rather than encouraging them to want to do so. For instance, tools designed to cause discomfort to dogs in the name of teaching are commonplace today. I know that many of you reading this may have purchased these devices— such as metal collars, choke chains, and prong collars—in the past, but I also understand that you likely bought them under the advisement of an expert you trusted. I will offer you a better option—one that will teach your dog faster without the use of these tools or other harsh corrections, which do nothing to promote a bond between a person and a dog. 

My mission has become clear: to give people an alternative to the shallow, older ways of training dogs. I, along with other like-minded dog professionals, have set out to help raise the standards in dog training and show people that only through heartfelt communication, not domination, can they expect incredible results. And I’ve been overwhelmed by the response: today, over a decade into my career, I see more people embracing positive training methods than ever before. Meanwhile, the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior, the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, and countless professionals have come out against dominance theory, saying that it hinders training, harms relationships between humans and dogs, and actually can cause behavioral problems.1 I am proud that we all have helped to disrupt an industry headed down the wrong path. Together, we have truly been part of a Dog Training Revolution. 

Now this book will help you become a part of it, as it will teach you not only the most humane training techniques but also the most effective. It also takes into account that all dogs are different and will show you how to teach your dog. I’ll help you every step of the way. I’ll walk you through everything you need to know—from picking out your dog and housetraining to feeding, basic training, socialization, grooming, and health issues. This book includes a shopping list, a guide to dog-proofing your home, what to do in case of an emergency, and other checklists. I’ll also help troubleshoot common behavioral problems, such as excessive barking, chewing, nipping, and jumping, and even offer advice on the extra fun stuff, such as traveling, exercising with your dog, and cool tricks. And most important, every bit of advice I give works toward building such a strong bond between you and your dog that you’ll be astounded by what you can train her to do. After all, the person who can best train your dog is the person who knows her best— and that’s you. My job is simply to show you how. 

Think of this book as your trusty go-to guide. Keep it somewhere handy. Read it straight through or take a chapter at a time. Afterward, you can search the index for topics you need help with as they arise.

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annie
3.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Good but title misleading
Reviewed in the United States on May 28, 2017
I loved his videos and as this had "training" in the title I thought it was a book on training. The problem is that much of the book is how to pick a dog, how to introduce a dog to the family, etc. Lots of stuff like feeding, etc vet, etc. So the portion of the... See more
I loved his videos and as this had "training" in the title I thought it was a book on training. The problem is that much of the book is how to pick a dog, how to introduce a dog to the family, etc. Lots of stuff like feeding, etc vet, etc. So the portion of the book that''s useful to me is relatively small. Even the training focuses heavily on house training. Still valuable and his videos are terrific. I had just hoped that the leash, jumping.etc. things addressed in the videos would be in more depth in the book.
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Wannabewriter
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Meh, some good, some not good.
Reviewed in the United States on March 13, 2018
Not sure all the methods work. I worked with my puppy for a couple months trying these techniques and made some progress but not a lot. I started searching for online advice and made greater strides in days. I started with him when I first got my puppy in November, a... See more
Not sure all the methods work. I worked with my puppy for a couple months trying these techniques and made some progress but not a lot. I started searching for online advice and made greater strides in days. I started with him when I first got my puppy in November, a rescue from the pound at 4 months old. I first found his videos online, this was my first puppy, I had always gotten older dogs so I wanted some advice. I was hooked after my puppy learned to sit almost immediately. I bought the book and read it as quickly as possible. We tried the training tips with the puppy and our older dog. Anything past the sit, lay down, up and stand has not really worked, including the potty training. We were still having to take him out every hour and still accidents in the house. Which led our other dog to start going in the house as well. We did research and tried something else mid Feb. and have had maybe 2 accidents in a month, both my fault because he asked to go out and I was distracted by something else. (He suggests not having bells on the door. I got bells and my puppy learned what they were for in a day. My older dog also uses them now too) I''ve also had no success with his advice on training to walk on the leash or not jump on people when they come over. Again, I did research, tried a few things and saw immediate improvements with other techniques. I know people all learn differently and maybe dogs do too.

The best advice he gives is to exercise your dog. I have a mixed breed but he is always so much better when he gets some exercise whether it is fetch or a walk. But I knew this when I got my puppy.

Also, his videos are very vague. Like, he see him try something and it is explained for a moment and then you see him succeed. I want to know how long he worked with that dog before that clip. Because no dog is going to be that good immediately.
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I love this book!!
Reviewed in the United States on July 7, 2018
When I started looking for dog training books because we had a new puppy on the way, I was so happy to find that training techniques have started moving in the direction of positive reinforcement instead of the “Alpha Dog” approach. I read 3 different books on training; 1... See more
When I started looking for dog training books because we had a new puppy on the way, I was so happy to find that training techniques have started moving in the direction of positive reinforcement instead of the “Alpha Dog” approach. I read 3 different books on training; 1 using the old style of training (How To Be Your Dog’s Best Friend by The Monks of New Skeet), 1 using the new (about 300 pages my dog trainer sent me), and Zak’s.

The only one I actually enjoyed reading was Zak’s. It’s a really easy and fun read, as many of the sections in the book have a YouTube video to accompany the description. This is wonderful if you’re not much of a reader, as the videos are a little break from the book. I’m a big reader myself, but when it comes to learning to do something, I’m very visual. So the videos are great, and Zak is fun to watch!! You can tell he really has a passion for training and loves the animals so much.

Also, his approach WORKS!! We have a new puppy. Henri, a mini Australian Shepherd. At 3.5 months old, he already knew “sit”, “lie down”, “roll over”, “look at me”, “shake”, “stand”, and “stay”. Now he’s 6 months and we’ve added “leave it”, “high five”, “bow”, “up”, and “off”. We’re working on “sit pretty”, sitting and staying until released - any time we’re going outside, and his recall. I’ve used Zak’s approach for all of these commands. It’s so fun to see him learning and enjoying himself at the same time!! Now I just need Zak to write another book with with more advanced concepts! There are still a ton of videos on YouTube I reference when I need them, but I love having a guide like a book to work through the steps.
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Best dog training book I''ve seen
Reviewed in the United States on August 18, 2016
Dogs have a lot to teach us about unconditional love, play, learning to enjoy the small things in life, and not holding grudges. We also have a lot of things to teach our pet, but how can we learn to effectively communicate and train our pup without losing patience? Each... See more
Dogs have a lot to teach us about unconditional love, play, learning to enjoy the small things in life, and not holding grudges. We also have a lot of things to teach our pet, but how can we learn to effectively communicate and train our pup without losing patience? Each dog learns a little differently, but in this book Zak George provides a not only humane way to train, but a way that succeeds. He gives detailed, easy step-by-step training techniques that not only train the dog, but the human as well. The layout is well done and easy to follow and easy to navigate when you''re wanting to work on specific skills. The Kindle edition almost seems a little better, since it has the video links right in the book, but links are easy to find even with physical edition.

Outcome So Far:

I started watching his Youtube videos when I got two puppies and this book goes into a little more detail on his topics plus a few additional ones. Since adopting his training tips from this book as well as the videos, I''ve seen leaps and bounds in communication with my two dogs. Admittedly, mine came kennel trained, are obsessed with grooming (teeth brushing, fur brushing), loving bath time, ignore cars, and haven''t learned all the tricks he teaches yet (since we haven''t gotten to all of them) so I can''t attest to all the techniques. The ones I''ve tried, however, have done wonders.

They sit, they stay consistently (even from far distances and with distractions), His technique for getting them to speak was the only one that worked (I tried about 6 or 7 others out there before I found his). His leash training technique got my dogs walking without pulling in less than 2 weeks and they''re 5 months old. Until I read his section on fetch and teaching a dog how to play Frisbee, I couldn''t get my puppies to play fetch. They no longer puppy bite, steal, and almost have no jumping down. They''re doing a mostly consistent fetch and it''s only been a few weeks. Based on other training techniques I''ve looked at, they''re about where most people expect a 9 months to 1 year old dog to be at. They''re by no means all the way trained, but, as mentioned before, I haven''t got all the way through the book yet. The basic skills, however, are pretty close to meeting expectations and they perform them better than some of my neighbor''s dogs. I''m excited to see where they end up after they''ve graduated from learning all the tricks in this book

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone with a puppy or adult dog who needs help learning the ropes.
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Zak George Sells Out to Pee Pad Company
Reviewed in the United States on June 7, 2020
I was disappointed to see Zak George in an ad promoting a certain brand of pee pads, or any pee pads for that matter. Find a book that helps you train your dog to go outside from the start using a proper sized crate and routine. Don''t be stuck with the mess and cost of... See more
I was disappointed to see Zak George in an ad promoting a certain brand of pee pads, or any pee pads for that matter. Find a book that helps you train your dog to go outside from the start using a proper sized crate and routine. Don''t be stuck with the mess and cost of pee pads. Also, the positive only training is not good. Dogs, like children, have to learn that doing the wrong thing also has consequences. Mostly I think Zak George has sold himself out with the pee pad endorsement. I found a book written by someone with decades of dog raising and RESPECT TRAINING experience so that I have a puppy/dog who listens to US and behaves well. The dog is not in charge, you are and everyone is happy knowing proper expectations. And not just to get a treat. Solely positive reinforcement will be a disaster.
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Bloom
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Save money and watch his YouTube channel
Reviewed in the United States on February 24, 2019
I have been watching Zaks YouTube page for quite some time now. I like his training style and he is very easy to understand. I bought this book hoping to learn about his training process and commands more in detail but I was a little disappointed. The book is great, don’t... See more
I have been watching Zaks YouTube page for quite some time now. I like his training style and he is very easy to understand. I bought this book hoping to learn about his training process and commands more in detail but I was a little disappointed. The book is great, don’t get me wrong, but the same content can be found for free on YouTube. I’ve read other dog books and listening to many training podcasts and Zak unfortunately seems to leave out some of the fine detail that I would have found extremely helpful. If you’re only going to read one training book than I think this book is generalized enough to be a great purchase. Otherwise the content seems a tad vague with nothing new from YouTube.
There is one snippet of information in his book that I don’t agree with it find to be good advice. In Neutering and spade section he suggests to do this before 6 to 8 months. There has been multiple studies shown in the last couple years that neutering your dog before they hit maturity can increase(sometimes triple!) their risk of many diseases and growth issues. Especially for labs, retrievers, and other large breeds.
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carolyn north
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Best book for first time owners or experienced owners
Reviewed in the United States on June 8, 2016
This is the first book I would recommend to someone thinking about getting a dog! It covers all of the territory - sort of a "What to Expect When You''re Expecting" but for your new puppy or dog. I wish I had it when I got our dog...and then our cat!
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Andrew Bade
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Very useful book for all dog owners
Reviewed in the United States on August 3, 2017
Good book written by a very competent trainer. The YouTube videos that accompany the text are entertaining and informative - sometimes seeing it done is better than having it written out, while other times the opposite is true. The book and channel complement each other... See more
Good book written by a very competent trainer. The YouTube videos that accompany the text are entertaining and informative - sometimes seeing it done is better than having it written out, while other times the opposite is true. The book and channel complement each other well. There are only two reasons why this book gets 4 stars instead of 5. One reason is that it is unnecessarily prejudiced against the use of negative feedback in training. If you raise a healthy happy puppy you may very well never need to use negative stimuli or physical corrections in your training, but for people adopting dogs with serious behavioral problems and/or aggression there may be no alternative. For serious and ingrained aggressive behaviors the patience required for positive training techniques may be unrealistic. That said positive training is far superior in 99% of cases for all of the reasons Zak eloquently describes. Secondly, he tends to obfuscate the reality of gene-based behavioral differences in dogs. Just like pointers are inclined to point, retrievers retrieve and herders herd; so too are dogs bred for fighting inclined to fight, heelers to nip heels, and guard dogs to guard. While it''s true that many or all of these behaviors can be trained out by consistent positive training, you do not start with a blank slate and acknowledging that helps people develop realistic expectations for their dogs.
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Tomo
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Suddenly realised that you haven''t a clue how to relate to or train your new dog? This book was my solution.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 9, 2018
When I first bought my 11 week old puppy home, we looked each other in the eyes and I realised in horror that I didn''t have a clue how to communicate with him, and he hadn''t a clue what the heck I was trying to say, or get him to do. Painfully aware that this very cute tiny...See more
When I first bought my 11 week old puppy home, we looked each other in the eyes and I realised in horror that I didn''t have a clue how to communicate with him, and he hadn''t a clue what the heck I was trying to say, or get him to do. Painfully aware that this very cute tiny bundle of fluff was rapidly going to turn into a large breed adolescent dog, I scanned the internet for a book that would help me get the poor petrified thing under control before I bumbled into making one mistake after the other. Thank goodness that in my panic I stumbled across and bought this book. It''s refreshingly modern, positive approach demystified, in a step by step, easy to understand manner, not only everything you need to know, from what to do before you even get your dog (should have bought it sooner) right through to easy to follow guidance on how to tackle a thorough range of issues or challenges you might face, or more cleverly, how to prevent the problems arising in the first place (phew!). But that''s not the best part. This book blew my mind away with amazingly clarity how to simply RELATE to your dog. I''ve honestly been transformed from a novice puppy owner who, lets face it, didn''t have a clue, into a confident owner with an amazing understanding of where my dog is coming from, what his limitations are and knowing what''s fair or unfair to expect. People often notice this understanding I now have with my dog, and subsequent good control he''s under, and enquire how, so I find myself recommending this book on a regular basis. The look in my dog''s eyes that I now get what he''s feeling, or needing, or tempted by (yes you can predict what he''s about to do and have some chance of preventing it) is not only a relief to both of us but has resulted in an understanding of each other that outstrips words on a page or in a review. If you only buy one book on dog training and want a fantastic relationship and understanding of your dog, this is the one to get.
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Antonia Lidia Simeon
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Thank you Zak
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 6, 2019
What a fantastic book! We have a Jack Russell terrier rescued from a puppy farm and she was scared and nervous off everything, we got this book and followed zak''s advice and now she is a lovely, outgoing dog who loves everyone now. I highly recommend this book.
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Graham Smith
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Training for Humans, Really!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 4, 2017
This is a great book on sensible and ''common sense'' empathetic methods for teaching dogs. More importantly, it''s a great book for training humans to train dogs! Used alongside his you tube videos you''ll find yourself in your dog''s world learning what makes her tick and...See more
This is a great book on sensible and ''common sense'' empathetic methods for teaching dogs. More importantly, it''s a great book for training humans to train dogs! Used alongside his you tube videos you''ll find yourself in your dog''s world learning what makes her tick and using this to to train yourself to control her:-)
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KC
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Great, informative book!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 20, 2020
I have 3 spaniels and when we got our new puppy and was going from 2 to 3, I thought then I really needed to do my research so that it would be a smooth transition. I bought this book prior too getting the puppy and decided to get to work on the two dogs I already had, I...See more
I have 3 spaniels and when we got our new puppy and was going from 2 to 3, I thought then I really needed to do my research so that it would be a smooth transition. I bought this book prior too getting the puppy and decided to get to work on the two dogs I already had, I followed what Zak was saying, watched his Youtube videos which were very informative and read this book and his other one ''Zak George''s Guide to a Well-Behaved Dog''. I definitely feel due to these 2 books and his videos that I have a very well behaved household of dogs! There is so many things in this that I didn''t know and of course things that I did know but it was good to get a refresher on some things due to not having had a puppy for a while! I wish this was about when I got my first puppy because I would''ve learnt a lot from it. If your looking at getting a dog and your wanting to learn as much information as you can then I''d highly recommend this. I''ve let friends borrow these books now so that they can learn from it and they''ve been glad to have had it there for peace of mind.
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Ketchy
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Great training book!!!
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After watching some of his you tube videos i decided to purchase this book as a reference to training my dog! It has so many easy tips and guides to help home train my puppy. Is also shows the links to you tube so you can watch the video about the lesson you are reading....See more
After watching some of his you tube videos i decided to purchase this book as a reference to training my dog! It has so many easy tips and guides to help home train my puppy. Is also shows the links to you tube so you can watch the video about the lesson you are reading. Unlike some other dog training methods Zac George is all about creating a positive relationship with your dogs and not punishing or shouting at your dog when they do something wrong, he explains why the dog may be doing what''s he/she is doing and how to fix it!!!!
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A revolutionary way to raise and train your dog, with “a wealth of practical tips, tricks, and fun games that will enrich the lives of many dogs and their human companions” (Dr. Ian Dunbar, veterinarian and animal behaviorist).

Zak George is a new type of dog trainer. A dynamic YouTube star and Animal Planet personality with a fresh approach, Zak helps you tailor dog training to your pet’s unique traits and energy level—leading to quicker results and a much happier pup.

For the first time, Zak has distilled the information from his hundreds of videos and experience with thousands of dogs into this comprehensive dog and puppy training guide that includes:

• Choosing the right pup for you
• Housetraining and basic training
• Handling biting, leash pulling, jumping up, barking, aggression, chewing, and other behavioral issues
• Health care essentials like finding a vet and selecting the right food
• Cool tricks, traveling tips, and activities to enjoy with your dog
• Topics with corresponding videos on Zak’s YouTube channel so you can see his advice in action
 
Packed with everything you need to know to raise and care for your dog, this book will help you communicate and bond with one another in a way that makes training easier, more rewarding, and—most of all—fun!

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 “ Zak George’s Dog Training Revolution is a must-read for dog lovers everywhere. It has a wealth of practical tips, tricks, and fun games that will enrich the lives of many dogs and their human companions.”
Dr. Ian Dunbar, veterinarian, animal behaviorist, and founder of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers

About the Author

ZAK GEORGE has starred in Animal Planet''s SuperFetch and BBC''s  Who Let the Dogs Out. His YouTube channel, Zak George''s Dog Training Revolution, is the number one destination for dog training video content in the world.
 
DINA ROTH PORT is an award-winning author and freelance journalist whose work has appeared in publications including Glamour, Self, Prevention, and the Huffington Post.

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INTRODUCTION

Few things in this world are more exciting and more memorable than welcoming a new dog into your life. The journey goes far beyond simply having a companion by your side. Dogs have much to teach us: They always live in the moment. They’re never spiteful, and they don’t hold grudges. Also, there’s just something about dogs’ loyalty and unconditional love that makes people crazy about them. 
   
That’s not to say that bringing a dog home doesn’t come with its challenges. You have a lot to teach your new pet so that you can live in harmony and have a long, rewarding relationship. Whether you are reading this book because you’ve just gotten a dog or because you want some fresh perspective on raising the one you already have, I promise you that you have come to the right place. 

Like many people, I have always adored dogs. I grew up with an adorable terrier mix named Raisin, and I learned that dogs are independent-minded beings who have a great capacity for love. 
 
As I got older, my love for dogs continued to grow. I was absolutely fascinated by them—I’d watch dog Frisbee competitions on TV and was blown away by their flips, leaps, and other tricks. I just couldn’t wrap my head around the idea that a dog and a person could communicate so well, and I really wanted to experience that. So in my twenties, I decided it was time to raise a dog on my own. Little did I know that my life was about to take a turn from average to amazing: that’s when I got Venus. 
 
Venus is a Border Collie, and from the minute I met her I was so impressed by her intelligence. I spent a lot of time training her and always made it fun. In turn, we became completely in tune with each other, and she seemed as obsessed with learning as I was with teaching. I found that there was virtually no limit to what she could do. In just a few days, she learned how to fake a limp by walking on three legs—total Hollywood style, really convincing. Then there’s my favorite trick I call “Superstar”—I’d lie on my back and Venus would balance on her hind legs on top of the soles of my feet. Next, I’d throw Frisbees to her, one after the other. She’d catch every one while maintaining her balance! However, while I know part of her success was due to the amount of time I dedicated to her, it was our bond that played an even bigger role. Venus showed me that when you prioritize your relationship with your dog, the teaching process becomes easy
   
When Venus was about ten months old, I decided to drop my real estate career and figure out how I could somehow make a living while teaching her. Of course this job didn’t exist, but I found something surprisingly close. By this point, Venus had won her first three Frisbee competitions, and I found out that a PetSmart near my house was looking for a dog trainer. I scheduled an interview and brought Venus and our three trophies as my resumé. Venus and I performed for the interviewer. I was hired on the spot. 
   
I enjoyed my time at PetSmart over the next few years—it gave me tons of experience. After that, I continued training and, in total, taught thousands of dogs and their families. I worked with all different breeds and mixed breeds and handled virtually every behavioral issue you can imagine. I also added two more Border Collies to my family—Alpha Centauri and Supernova—and eventually took a job with Stunt Dog Productions, performing with my three dogs nationwide. In 2006, I also launched my YouTube channel, now known as Zak George’s Dog Training Revolution, posting videos on how to teach dogs everything from “roll over” to how to stop them from jumping up. I quickly acquired more subscribers than any other dog trainer on YouTube, a status that holds today. Eventually, my success led to my starring on my first TV show, Animal Planet’s SuperFetch, on which I taught average people how to teach their dogs awesome tricks. Later, I produced and starred on a BBC show called Who Let the Dogs Out?, a talent search for Britain’s best young dog trainers. 
   
Throughout all of this experience, I showed people that by learning to connect with their dogs and have fun with them, they could teach them extraordinary things. However, I was also shocked by the scary amount of misinformation in the dog training world. I heard a lot of talk about how we have to be our dogs’ pack leaders and that we need to dominate them; otherwise they will attempt to be the “alpha.” I saw very well-known traditional trainers tell people that dogs are essentially wolves at heart and should be treated as such, even though the actual science tells a very different story. Dogs did descend from ancient wolves, but this next point is critical: for thousands of years, humans have specifically bred dogs for different skills, such as herding, retrieving, or simply for companionship. In other words, dogs have been bred to interact with people. Catering to the wolf ancestry rather than acknowledging this selective breeding ignores why the modern dog even exists, and any training method that teaches based on this old-fashioned line of thinking is fundamentally flawed. 

Unfortunately, traditional dog training, which relies heavily on dominance theory, often means punishment-based training. People are told to use force and intimidation to teach their dogs to be submissive. This has always bothered me, not just because it can be very unpleasant for the dog, but also because it focuses on making dogs act a certain way rather than encouraging them to want to do so. For instance, tools designed to cause discomfort to dogs in the name of teaching are commonplace today. I know that many of you reading this may have purchased these devices— such as metal collars, choke chains, and prong collars—in the past, but I also understand that you likely bought them under the advisement of an expert you trusted. I will offer you a better option—one that will teach your dog faster without the use of these tools or other harsh corrections, which do nothing to promote a bond between a person and a dog. 

My mission has become clear: to give people an alternative to the shallow, older ways of training dogs. I, along with other like-minded dog professionals, have set out to help raise the standards in dog training and show people that only through heartfelt communication, not domination, can they expect incredible results. And I’ve been overwhelmed by the response: today, over a decade into my career, I see more people embracing positive training methods than ever before. Meanwhile, the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior, the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, and countless professionals have come out against dominance theory, saying that it hinders training, harms relationships between humans and dogs, and actually can cause behavioral problems.1 I am proud that we all have helped to disrupt an industry headed down the wrong path. Together, we have truly been part of a Dog Training Revolution. 

Now this book will help you become a part of it, as it will teach you not only the most humane training techniques but also the most effective. It also takes into account that all dogs are different and will show you how to teach your dog. I’ll help you every step of the way. I’ll walk you through everything you need to know—from picking out your dog and housetraining to feeding, basic training, socialization, grooming, and health issues. This book includes a shopping list, a guide to dog-proofing your home, what to do in case of an emergency, and other checklists. I’ll also help troubleshoot common behavioral problems, such as excessive barking, chewing, nipping, and jumping, and even offer advice on the extra fun stuff, such as traveling, exercising with your dog, and cool tricks. And most important, every bit of advice I give works toward building such a strong bond between you and your dog that you’ll be astounded by what you can train her to do. After all, the person who can best train your dog is the person who knows her best— and that’s you. My job is simply to show you how. 

Think of this book as your trusty go-to guide. Keep it somewhere handy. Read it straight through or take a chapter at a time. Afterward, you can search the index for topics you need help with as they arise.

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