Head of the Pack
By: Christina Potter
Writer: Aperture Press
Publication Date: August 2017
Reviewed by: Ellen Feld
Overview Date: March 19, 2018
Canine coach and creator Christina Potter, in her third guide within the “Chester Gigolo” collection, delivers a guide that’s a whole lot of enjoyable to learn whereas, extra importantly, giving readers a whole lot of very helpful data on canine coaching.
Head of the Pack is split into sixteen chapters that look at numerous facets of the canine world that can make it easier to prepare your canine. The guide opens with an introduction that shares how a lot canines get pleasure from human companionship and the way it works greatest when each canine and human perceive one another. So, how do you enhance your skill to speak along with your canine? That is what the guide is all about.
Immediately within the first chapter, the creator provided recommendation that drew me in and made me wish to learn the remainder of the guide. “Blur the traces between enjoying and coaching, and you should have a canine that’s delighted to work with you any time.” From there, she goes on to clarify that you simply should be agency however not too agency. How? She makes use of an analogy of a spaghetti noodle that works completely to get her level throughout. The chapters are pretty quick – most are three or 4 pages – and the whole lot could be very simple to know.
Head of the Pack is “written” by Chester Gigolo, a Berger Picard, and he is one sensible canine. Chester shares his coaching experience on a broad vary of matters from understanding what every breed has been bred for (and utilizing that data to pick out the right canine in addition to utilizing their innate instincts to benefit when coaching) to how typically to present treats and even what sort of treats work greatest. And in contrast to many canine coaching manuals that supply ideas in a dry, uninteresting method, Chester is kind of humorous and entertaining. He livens up every chapter with commentary – for instance, when speaking about getting treats, “march into the kitchen, load up on yummy treats – in your arms, not in your tummy – and let’s get began.”
There may be a whole lot of helpful data on this guide that each first-time canine house owners and extra superior canine followers will study from. What I notably appreciated is that the creator did not simply share her views and say “it really works for me, it will be just right for you.” Relatively, she backs up her statements with analysis from all over the world, noting the researchers/establishments/journals, how the checks had been carried out, and the outcomes. Whereas I’ve had canines all my life and prefer to suppose I do know what I am doing when coaching, I undoubtedly realized quite a bit from this guide. Do you know that tail wagging would not at all times imply a canine is comfortable? What about growling? For tips, the creator advises utilizing your canine’s breed to assist decide what tips can be best to your canine to study after which follows up with a number of actual life examples that present how totally different breeds react to the identical scenario. And talking of tips, chapter ten (smack dab in the midst of the guide) is devoted to trick coaching. There are 25 tips dissected in such a approach that once more, it is simple to see the right way to train every trick. Most are additionally accompanied by an image of a canine performing the trick. I “dog-tested” a number of of the tips on my canine Rocco (a dachshund/yorkie combine who’s lovable however not the brightest gentle bulb within the pack), and he was in a position to observe my lead and do the tips. That’s itself is well worth the worth of this guide!