Book Review: Zak George's Dog Training Revolution: The Complete Guide to Raising the Perfect Pet with Love written with Dina Roth Port
As a first time dog mom, I found Zack George on the YouTubes first at Zak George's Dog Training rEvolution. While his YouTube channel has a bit too much promotion and tie-in marketing for my tastes, I do understand that he's making a living by sharing his tips and advice for free.
I like his positive approach to building a relationship with your pup. When he released this book last summer, I decided to support his rEvolution and give it a try.
The format is user-friendly. The chapters follow a logical order:
- Choosing the Right Dog for You
- Everything You Need to Prepare for Your Pet's Arrival
- Steps for a Smooth Transition
- Dog Training Revolution: The Key Principles
- House Training 101: The Five Basic Rules
- Basic Training: The Fundamental Skills Every Dog Needs to Know
- How to Troubleshoot the Most Common Behavior Problems
- In Sickness and In Health: Basic Care for Your Dog
- Time for Fun: Cool Tricks, traveling, Exercise, and More
I had been researching and reading before we got our puppy, but this book and the companion videos hyperlinked into the e-book definitely helped. We didn't want our little guy going to a puppy obedience class until he was fully vaccinated, so the resources here helped me start training our Labradoodle right away.
The chapter and videos on house training are worth reading and viewing, especially if you're like me and you've never had a dog before.
I also appreciated his advice for getting our puppy ready for a leash. Bernie's first eight weeks with his mom and dad were in a home with a backyard. As soon as we brought him home, we had to get a leash on him right away.
Needless to say, Bernie was not thrilled at the prospect of a leash and using Zak George's tips to help our little guy feel less fearful of the leash were truly helpful.
Besides these basics, I also used his methods for teaching "Sit", "Look at Me", and "Leave It", which were the three most important commands that My Person and I thought would keep our pup safe and us sane until we could get to an obedience class.
We wanted to attend obedience classes for the weekly structure. Plus we picked a puppy class that included socialization time. But this book has been a fantastic resource for the past several months as I continue to reinforce training. Sometimes a method from class doesn't work, so I check out videos from the Dog Training rEvolution and search the index of the book.
Zak George lists numerous online resources for dog owners as well. As we have maneuvered through finding a great vet, a phenomenal groomer, and a top quality trainer, these people have shared the same resources with us, which helps reinforce that everyone who's interacting with our pup prioritizes a positive approach first.
If you're new to being a pup parent, I highly recommend this primer that covers all of your basic questions about raising a puppy.