Akin to Monty Roberts's The Man Who Listens to Horses and going light-years beyond The Hidden Life of Dogs, this extraordinary book takes a radical new direction in understanding our life with canines and offers us astonishing new lessons about our pets. From changing the misbehaviors and habits that upset us, to seeing the world from their unique and natural perspective, to finding a deep connection with another being, BONES WOULD RAIN FROM THE SKY will help you receive an incomparable gift: a profound, lifelong relationship with the dog you love.
Clearly an animal lover, Clothier opens this training manual by recalling her childhood, when she pretended she was a dog. Rather than simply trying to "train" animals to behave in a certain way, Clothier focuses on improving the existing relationship between pet and owner. To help readers gain some insights into more effective training, Clothier offers anecdotes about her clients. Particularly important is the dog's connection to the owner and the ability of the two to communicate effectively: "In each moment that you are with the dog, you must be aware, gently and persistently shifting the balance toward one of mutual agreement and cooperation. This is not easy, and it requires some thought. Most of all, it requires a desire to create over and over again the event of quality, which in turn creates a heartfelt commitment to truly being with the dog." Usually Clothier begins by observing her clients interact with their pets: after one owner complained about her dog being disruptive and overly playful, Clothier concluded that the owner's way of physically stopping her dog was in fact causing the dog to be more playful. Clothier is a capable writer, and her descriptive style livens up the subject matter.
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The best dog book
I was surprised at how easily I am able to relate to the messages in this book. The author writes in an insightful manner and touches on all aspects of life with a dog. I'll be rereading it as soon as I've processed what I've already learned. Definitely a keeper!
The book your dog would leave on your night stand if they could .
I'm a professional dog trainer and have for many years had this book on my shelf in the " got to read it someday " pile .
I recently attended a APDT conference in San Diego and had the pleasure of listening to and meeting Suzanne .
She was funny , knowledgeable and attainable , it seemed to me I had known her my whole life.
I got home that night and began reading this book , I literally fell asleep with it .
The next morning I picked it up and completed it .
I have begun recommending this book to all my family , friends and clients and truly believe she impacted my life in a way that will benefit anyone I have in my life .
If you want to really connect with your dog and have a respectful and soul fulfilling relationship with them , I urge you to read this book .
Your dog will thank you for it !
Suzanne your insight has changed my life and reignited my training passion in ways I never knew possible .
Thank you for teaching me to dance !
Cathy Mayer , CPDT-KA
Take The Lead Canine Training
p.s. I'm actually thinking of changing my business name as I no longer take the lead from my dogs , I earned their trust and they follow me because they want to .
It reminds me of a quote I found on a birthday card ;
Don't walk in front of me , I may not follow .
Don't walk behind me , I may not lead .
Walk beside me and be my friend .
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