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– Katy’s Tropical Fish –

Katy’s Tropical Fish is the complete guide to keeping healthy, happy, long-lived tropical fish. The manual itself consists of over 100 pages of comprehensive information and full-color diagrams, and covers all aspects of setting up a tropical fish aquarium from scratch: preparing it, placing it, stocking it, cleaning it, and maintaining a sustainable, stress-free, and healthy environment for the fish.

A tropical aquarium is (to the uninitiated, at least) a surprisingly delicate balance of conflicting factors: everything has to be just so in order for the fish to survive and cohabit with each other peacefully. There are a lot of different considerations to bear in mind in the long run – Katy’s Tropical Fish – A Complete Guide tells you everything you need to know to keep a well-maintained aquarium, swimming with beautiful fish, for a minimum of cost, effort, and time-investment.

What Do You Learn?

This manual tells you literally everything you need to know about acquiring and maintaining your tank of healthy, happy tropical fish. One of the main selling-points of the book, as far as I’m concerned, is that it’s a complete guide: literally all the information necessary to set up your own aquarium is included (and how to do it quickly, too – Katy tells you how to do it inside of 24 hours), as well as long-term maintenance tips on how to keep everything fresh and looking good.

In addition to this, there’s also identification and treatment advice on some of the more common ailments suffered by tropical fish (including White Spot, Velvet and Fin Rot), which will save time and money at the vet’s (not to mention potential heartbreak); information and troubleshooting tips on how to grow healthy aquatic plants; and time- and money-saving information on recommended products, which products aren’t recommended (and why), and aquarium care. And all of this is in clear, easily-understandable language, too – which is a real relief, especially after trying to wade through some of the terminology-packed alternatives available on the market!

What Bonuses Do You Get?

You get considerable bang for your buck with Katy’s Tropical Fish Guide – not only do you get the complete, fully-illustrated guide itself, which is an exhaustive guide to everything you need to know about keeping tropical fish, but you also get:

– the downloadable video, Secrets to Tropical Fish Success, which guides you through the set-up of a professional-quality tropical aquarium (regardless of your budget)

– the bonus book Buying Compatible Freshwater Fish, which is a complete guide to the compatibility of a variety of freshwater fish which you may wish to add to your tropical aquarium

– the bonus book Introduction to Freshwater Plants, packed with useful information on the importance and care of plants in your aquarium

– the bonus book Choosing the Right Marine Fish, a complete guide to choosing and caring for marine fish (a wide selection of tropical saltwater fish are covered)

Particularly Good Parts

Something I found particularly useful was the free, private email consultation with the Kingdom of Pets tropical fish team. If, after reading the books and watching the video, you should have any unanswered questions, all you have to do is send an email – and you’ll receive a reply back in no time at all (the rapidity of customer service is another gratifying aspect of this product), straight from the tropical-fish experts themselves. This consultation is valued at $120, but for some strange reason it’s currently being given away completely free!

In addition, I always find it very reassuring when a company or author is confident enough of the quality of their product to offer a no-questions-asked 100% refund, should a customer (for whatever reason) not be completely satisfied with their purchase. From a consumer’s perspective, this safety-net does a lot to assuage any (hypothetical, as it turns out) doubts that I may have had.

All in All

I can’t see how you can possibly go wrong with this. After trawling through the other products available on the market, I have to say that Katy’s Tropical Fish – A Complete Guide has to be the leader in the field (and I’d say the author knows it too, since she promises to give it away for free if you can find a better-value guide anywhere on the Internet!).

If you’ve got a tropical aquarium, or are thinking of obtaining one, this guide is definitely for you – there’s no doubt about it.

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Complete Cat Training Guide

It’s funny how many dog-training guides there are available. All the information you could ever want on how to teach your dog tricks; how to communicate with your dog; how to understand what your dog’s thinking; how to prevent behavioral problems.

Why aren’t there more books on how to do all this for cats? After all, cats are just as popular as dogs (if not more so); and, arguably, they’re just as intelligent and just as capable of being trained.

I never even thought about training my cat to do tricks and obedience work. He’s spent his life thus far as a happy free-loader, accepting food and cuddles from me in exchange for …. well, not that much, actually.

Until, that is, I dropped round to visit a new acquaintance recently, where I watched, stunned (and, I’ll admit, more than a little envious) as she got her cat perform what seemed to me to be an entire circus’ worth of acrobatics: rolling over, playing dead, shaking hands, even playing fetch.

“Right,” I thought to myself, “That’s it! If her cat can do it, then mine can, too!” … and thus my search for the Holy Grail of cat-training handbooks began in earnest.

I hunted here, I hunted there – I just about turned the library inside out. I looked through newspapers for advertised cat trainers, I asked my friends, I made phone calls to vet clinics and even dog-training organizations (just in case!)

The two things I didn’t do – but should have – were place a phone-call to that new acquaintance (I’m afraid my pride got in my way: I fostered fond dreams of casually unveiling my cat’s mastery of a stunning array of tricks and obedience work the next time she dropped around); and I didn’t even think of looking online until my husband (who, as chance would have it, works in internet marketing) castigated me gently for not “Googling” the subject straight away.

So I hopped onto the computer, and within five minutes I’d found what I was looking for in the Complete Cat Training Guide; and it was clear to me within just a few pages that the author, Paula Robb, is a woman who really knows what she’s talking about …

So What’s Included?

Let me get one thing straight: although this is a book that will teach you (among other commands) how to get your cat to beg, jump, twirl, stay, sit, come, open cupboards, kiss, play dead, and retrieve, that’s by no means all that you’ll learn.

Something I found incredibly useful was the book’s total-coverage philosophy: pretty much all aspects of cat ownership have been covered, in real detail. Example: as well as cat training, you also get information on how to fix virtually any cat problem (this is no baseless claim – over twenty-five cat behavioral problems are covered, from urine-marking to nocturnal disturbances to aggression); you get a real-life case study for each problem (which is a real help when it comes to putting the information into context); you learn about your cat’s body language and vocals, and how to use that knowledge to understand what he’s thinking and how to communicate with him; plus chapters and chapters of general knowledge on things like choosing the right cat for you; understanding feline behaviors both “good” and “bad”; how to help your cat adapt to your lifestyle and home; how to toilet-train your cat; and two whole sections on cat health and nutrition, all of which goes a long way towards deepening and strengthing your relationship with your cat.

Other Benefits

I sometimes find it hard to understand written instructions. It can be kind of confusing, especially when you’re also trying to control a wriggling, energetic cat. That’s why the clear step-by-step photographs and illustrations came in so handy with the training strategies: I actually understood exactly how to position myself and make the most of my body language during the training. It made the whole process a lot easier – and a whole lot faster!

Something else I liked: the book was instantly downloadable. This is a pretty big deal to me; I don’t like paying for something, then waiting days (usually weeks) for it to be shipped overseas, processed through the post, and then – likely as not – delivered to the wrong address. What I do like is instant gratification, which is exactly what I got with Complete Cat Training: seconds after paying my money, the book was downloaded onto my computer and I was gleefully reading through it.

The Best Bits

I don’t really understand how this woman can be making any money off her product, because she seems to be giving away a lot of stuff for free (but hey, I’m not complaining!)

Here are just a few of the handy little freebies that I got with my book:

– Two free bonus books: “The Essential Cat Recipe Book”, which shows you how to prepare tasty, healthy meals and treats for your beloved kitty; and “The Ultimate Guide to Pampering Your Cat”, which shows you how to develop a real bond of affection with your cat through improving his quality of life.

– A free, private email consultation (worth $120) with a team of real live cat trainers. Any problems that you have, any queries whatsoever, and all you have to do is send an email – you’ll get a detailed, personal reply from a team of seasoned cat trainers, to make sure any problems are truly resolved to your satisfaction. Not bad.

In a Nutshell

Two words: highly recommended. You really can’t go wrong here; not only is the whole thing jam-packed with practical advice and hands-on tips, but the price is extremely reasonable: just $37 for the book, the consultation, and the bonus books … oh yeah, and there’s a no-questions-asked money-back guarantee for 60 whole days after making the purchase.

All in all, I have no qualms whatsoever about recommending this book to anyone who’s got, or is thinking about getting, a cat: whether it’s training, behavioral problems, trouble-shooting, or improving your relationship with your beloved kitty, I guarantee you’ll learn something useful.

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– The Ultimate Guide to Dog Health –

Knowing when to take your dog to the vet and when to let him “self-regulate? is a pretty tricky business – how do you tell when he needs to see a professional? After all, it’s not as if you can rely on your dog to let you know.

Nobody likes forking out $80 for a needless visit to the vet, but then again no conscientious dog-owner can bear to contemplate their dog’s suffering, either! Frankly, it’s a bit of a quandary.

I’ve owned dogs on and off my whole life, and this is still something that I’ve never been 100% comfortable with: of course, I’d always rather be safe than sorry (a viewpoint which has resulted in many, many unnecessary trips to the vet over the years, just to set my mind at rest) … but I’ve also always wished for the kind of solid grounding in canine medical basics which would enable me to confidently decide for myself when my dog needs to see the vet – and when I can save both him and myself the hassle!

Stress-Free Dog Care

You can imagine the relief I felt when I happened across The Ultimate Guide to Dog Health (by Malcolm Fields – dog-care professional) on the Internet. It was uncanny: this guide is exactly what I was looking for. It’s complete and detailed, covering all the common health problems (both serious and not) that dogs suffer from; the overall focus is on being prepared and taking preventative action; it teaches you how to accurately self-diagnose (with the assistance of step-by-step flowcharts which tell you whether he’ll be fine by himself, whether he needs to see the vet, and how urgently the vet should be seen); and, while it’s packed with knowledge and advice from veterinarians and trained dog-care specialists, it’s easy on the eye and reader-friendly … you can actually understand what they’re trying to say!

In a nutshell, it’s detailed (but not dauntingly so), comprehensive (covering all the common ailments and illnesses), knowledgeable (while retaining a conversational, easy-to-understand tone) and it gives you the kind of introduction to canine healthcare that’ll allow you to take good care of your dog – without spending unnecessary time and effort trying to absorb the jargon of a veterinary textbook!

What’s Actually Covered?

The book deals with all the common problems and ailments suffered by dogs. It covers issues like toothache and dental trouble, ear infections, skin rashes and chafing, eye irritations, worming issues, and lameness; chronic problems like vomiting, diarrhea, coughing, asthma, breathing trouble, and liver problems; more severe issues like arthritis and cancer; and symptomatic “alerts? like hair loss, lethargy, and behavioral changes.

On top of that, you also learn how to pick up early warning signs by identifying and accurately interpreting your dog’s body language; how to groom your dog quickly and effectively; how to take good care of his teeth and gums; how to administer medicine safely and easily; and how to recognize the early warning signs of health trouble through behavioral and physical changes.
All this information is fully supplemented by full-color diagrams, photographs, and illustrations.

My Favorite Part

While it’s great to learn about canine anatomy and medical problems, the thing that I wanted to know more than anything else was: How can I tell how serious the problem is, and when do I need to take my dog to the vet?

So I was particularly happy to note the presence of the many and detailed symptom charts, which were designed especially to help owners make solid decisions about their dog’s health-care. Each chart starts from the specific symptoms of a particular ailment (you just follow the “branches? of the flowchart, depending on the symptoms that your dog has) and tells you the recommended path of treatment for each one, as well as advising whether veterinary care should be sought – and if so, how urgently. Pure genius!

Something for Nothing

In addition to the fully-illustrated, 240-page guide itself, you also get a handful of tempting freebies: specifically, four bonus books.

There’s “The Ultimate Guide to Dog First Aid?, which is an incredibly useful resource for those situations requiring an immediate response (including how to perform the canine Heimlich maneuver and doggie CPR); “180

Gourmet Recipes for Your Dog?, which really teaches you how to indulge your pooch’s taste buds; “101 Ways to Spoil Your Dog for Under $10?, detailing all kinds of luxuries-on-a-budget and activities for you and your dog to enjoy together; and “20 Super-Healthy Recipes for Your Dog? – which proves that doggie health-food is as delicious as anything else! These books have a combined value of over $80 – not a bad freebie!

The Ultimate Guide to Dog Health: Summed Up

All in all, I couldn’t be happier with this product. It’s exactly what I was looking for – and even if I hadn’t spent the last decade or so wishing for a book just like it, I think I’d still snap it up in a second: it’s that useful.

This is an information resource that every responsible dog owner should have access to. Not only does it enable you to make good decisions about the more serious health issues commonly suffered by dogs, but you learn a lot about the minor, day-to-day ailments and afflictions that almost every dog will encounter from time to time, as well as a host of useful facts on preventative care.

This comprehensive guide to dog health will help you to spot little problems before they become big ones: truly indispensable.

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The Dog Training Mastery Multimedia Package

All the most popular dog training and care products from Kingdom of Pets brought together in one amazing package. This selection had everything you need to fix your dog’s obedience issues, sort out your dog’s house training, and learn how to care for your dog’s health. With eBooks, audio books, and video tutorials, The Dog Training Mastery Multimedia Package has all the bases covered.

The three key components are:
•The Secrets to Dog Training: Stop your dog’s behavior problems eBook
•The Ultimate House Training Guide eBook
•The Ultimate Guide to Dog Health eBook


Plus eight online videos dealing with everything from food bowl aggression to barking issues, and a whole bunch of really useful bonus eBooks to go with them!

So let’s look at the 3 key components…

1. Secrets to Dog Training – Stop your Dog’s Behavior Problems!

What Is It?

Secrets to Dog Training presents an unusually detailed and thorough look at how to both prevent and deal with the more common problem behaviors exhibited by dogs. As the owner of a moderately troublesome mutt myself, I’ve spent a fair amount of time searching the Net for reliable resources on this topic, and I have to say that the level of knowledge and detail contained within the pages of this compendium is unusually exacting for an online book.

Not only that, but – again, unusually for this medium – the information at hand is actually (gasp!) reliable. Yes, that’s right – this one’s a whole new kettle of fish. Written by a seasoned dog trainer, you can relax in the knowledge that all the tips and advice included are tried and true, and come from Stevens’ real-life experiences as a professional dog trainer.

What’s Covered?

There’s a pretty impressive range of information packed into this guide. It’s not just the problem behaviors that are covered: the book starts off with new-owner advice (how to choose a puppy/dog, the best places to get one from, breed information, puppy/dog-proofing your home, etc) and then moves on to the more advanced stuff: behavioral problems (such as aggression, dominance, separation anxiety, to name a few), intermediate-level obedience commands, health-related dog problems (allergies, cat/dog coexistence, fleas, and so on), and advanced commands and tricks. There’s even a pretty impressive section on dog whispering!

It makes for some pretty interesting reading – and, after trying out the basics on my own recalcitrant pooch, I was amazed at how effective the techniques suggested are.

2. The Ultimate House Training Guide

What Is It?

This handy manual is a comprehensive guide to what’s arguably the most widespread, challenging, and frustrating issue faced by any and all dog-owners: house training. Has any aspect of dog ownership ever been so widely misunderstood and unanimously dreaded?

Theories positively abound on this topic. You can find conflicting arguments almost anywhere you look on the subject, whether it’s online (oh, the staggering variation on the “The Only Way To House Train Your Dog!? theme to be found here!), at your local library, through contact with dog trainers, or through the (less reputable but nevertheless prolific) ranks of “quack” dog trainers.

What Sets This Book Apart?

After several years spent trawling through the conflicting information on this subject, I was relieved to finally find “The Ultimate House Training Guide” eBook, by Martin Olliver. As the title suggests, literally all aspects of the subject are covered, in an easy-going manner. It’s kind of like having a friendly conversation with a knowledgeable canine behaviorist, with the added benefit of being able to review the conversation at any time, simply by scrolling.

The tone of the book is a welcome contrast to what’s available elsewhere: it’s friendly, informative, and above all, full of common sense. No gimmicky recommendations, poorly-disguised marketing ploys, or too-brief Q&A sessions here: you don’t have to be experienced in canine behavior and training to see that this guy knows what he’s talking about (and did I mention he’s a vet?)

What’s Actually Included?

There’s a quick section on the tools of the trade (“patience, persistence, consistence, and common sense?) along with some morale-boosting advice on how to keep your cool through the training process, and then it’s straight into the meat of the matter: the nitty-gritty on how to house train, with a detailed section (one for pups, one for older dogs) on each of the three methods recommended; paper-training, crate-training, and the direct method.

Next, health-related problems are covered in some depth. There’s a section on congenital problems (problems your dog was born with); a section on the disease-related problems that develop later in life; and a section on other problems related to house training, like inappropriate outdoor elimination, or lawn-burn from urination.

Finally, there’s the Top Ten Tips for hassle-free house training, which is essentially a recap of the most helpful and necessary attitude adjustments, practical tips, and useful nuggets of general knowledge which will come in most handy in your dog’s training.

Just Because It’s Detailed Doesn’t Mean It’s Confusing

Sound like a handful? It’s actually very user-friendly. Not only is this book packed with sound practical advice, but the whole thing is laid out in a very logical and easy-to-understand format: the tone is light and non-threatening and it proceeds in a logical manner from step to step, with the assistance of helpful how-to illustrations.

3. The Ultimate Guide to Dog Health

Knowing when to take your dog to the vet and when to let him “self-regulate? is a pretty tricky business – how do you tell when he needs to see a professional? After all, it’s not as if you can rely on your dog to let you know.

Nobody likes forking out $80 for a needless visit to the vet, but then again no conscientious dog-owner can bear to contemplate their dog’s suffering, either! Frankly, it’s a bit of a quandary.

I’ve owned dogs on and off my whole life, and this is still something that I’ve never been 100% comfortable with: of course, I’d always rather be safe than sorry (a viewpoint which has resulted in many, many unnecessary trips to the vet over the years, just to set my mind at rest) … but I’ve also always wished for the kind of solid grounding in canine medical basics which would enable me to confidently decide for myself when my dog needs to see the vet – and when I can save both him and myself the hassle!

Stress-Free Dog Care

You can imagine the relief I felt when I read The Ultimate Guide to Dog Health, by Malcolm Fields. It was uncanny: this guide is exactly what I was looking for. It’s complete and detailed, covering all the common health problems that dogs suffer from; the overall focus is on being prepared and taking preventative action; it teaches you how to accurately self-diagnose with the assistance of step-by-step flowcharts which tell you whether he’ll be fine by himself, whether he needs to see the vet, and how urgently the vet should be seen. Plus, while it’s packed with knowledge and advice from veterinarians and trained dog-care specialists, it’s easy on the eye and reader-friendly … you can actually understand what they’re trying to say!

In a nutshell, it’s detailed (but not dauntingly so), comprehensive (covering all the common ailments and illnesses), knowledgeable (while retaining a conversational, easy-to-understand tone) and it gives you the kind of introduction to canine healthcare that’ll allow you to take good care of your dog – without spending unnecessary time and effort trying to absorb the jargon of a veterinary textbook!

My Favorite Part

While it’s great to learn about canine anatomy and medical problems, the thing that I wanted to know more than anything else was: How can I tell how serious the problem is, and when do I need to take my dog to the vet?

So I was particularly happy to note the presence of the many and detailed symptom charts, which were designed especially to help owners make solid decisions about their dog’s health-care. Each chart starts from the specific symptoms of a particular ailment (you just follow the “branches? of the flowchart, depending on the symptoms that your dog has) and tells you the recommended path of treatment for each one, as well as advising whether veterinary care should be sought – and if so, how urgently. Pure genius!

I Love Freebies (Who Doesn’t?)

There’s just something about getting something for nothing. And, although my magpie-like acquisitiveness may have led me into less-than-productive purchases in the past, in this particular case I’m happy to report that The Dog training Mastery Multimedia Package hasn’t let me down: the freebies included with this package are not only numerous, they’re actually useful(wow!)

The Dog Training Mastery Multimedia Package costs $99.95. For this price, you get the three complete and detailed manuals on training your dog, preventing and handling behavioral problems, house training, health care, and a whole bunch of general-knowledge tips and advice.

You also get a whole bunch of practical freebies:
•The Secrets To Dog Training audio book
•The In-field Training Videos
•The Premium Online Videos
•The Ultimate Guide to Dog First Aid
•Meals for your Dog: 175 Gourmet Recipes
•101 Ways to Spoil your Dog for Under $10
•Secrets to Becoming the Alpha Dog
•The Quick Guide to Dog Aggression
•Dog Grooming Made Easy
•Tips on How to Security Train your Dog
•Top 20 Consultations

The Dog Training Mastery Multimedia Package: A Thumbnail Sketch

Altogether, I’m pretty impressed with this package. I’ve owned dogs on and off my whole life, starting from when I was ten – I would have thought that I was better-prepared than most to handle the quirks and caprices of my canine friends.

But since scoring this package, I think my pre-The Dog Training Mastery Multimedia Package self was (embarrassingly) perhaps a trifle more complacent than knowledgeable – I’ve learned more since using these products than I’ve picked up in a near-lifetime’s worth of contact with dogs (do you know how to stop your dog from tugging on the leash, without using a check-chain? Well, I do – but until I got my hands on a copy of this package, I certainly didn’t!)

Several of the training techniques present a refreshingly common-sense, down-to-earth approach to dog training; others require a little more effort (take dog whispering as an example) but yield some pretty dramatic results. I liked the way that more than one training technique is detailed, to allow the reader to pick and choose the techniques that best suit themselves and their individual dogs.

I have no qualms in recommending this package to anyone who owns, or is thinking about owning, a dog. You don’t need to have a “problem pet” for the manuals to be of assistance: there’s information included that’ll be useful to any and all dog owners.

In a nutshell: very highly recommended.

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Secrets to Dog Training Product

Secrets to Dog Training – Stop your Dog’s Behavior Problems!

What Is It?

Secrets to Dog Training presents an unusually detailed and thorough look at how to both prevent and deal with the more common problem behaviors exhibited by dogs. As the owner of a moderately troublesome mutt myself, I’ve spent a fair amount of time searching the Net for reliable resources on this topic, and I have to say that the level of knowledge and detail contained within the pages of this compendium is unusually exacting for an online book.

Not only that, but – again, unusually for this medium – the information at hand is actually (gasp!) reliable. Yes, that’s right – this one’s a whole new kettle of fish. Written by a seasoned dog trainer, you can relax in the knowledge that all the tips and advice included are tried and true, and come from Stevens’ real-life experiences as a professional dog trainer. There is also a straight-talking, easy to follow 30-minute downloadable video which provides real-life examples of doggy bad behavior along with solutions and remedies to change them.

What’s Covered?

There’s a pretty impressive range of information packed into this guide. It’s not just the problem behaviors that are covered: the book starts off with new-owner advice (how to choose a puppy/dog, the best places to get one from, breed information, puppy/dog-proofing your home, the first vet visit, housetraining, etc) and then moves on to the more advanced stuff: behavioral problems (such as aggression, dominance, chewing, digging, excessive barking, separation anxiety, to name a few), intermediate-level obedience commands, health-related dog problems (allergies, cat/dog coexistence, fleas, heatstroke, and so on), and advanced commands and tricks.

The 30-minute downloadable video gives a great insight into a dog’s quest to be the alpha dog and how you can prevent this. Its quick steps to stop bad behaviors such as housebreaking right through to leash pulling are so simple you can start trying them out on your dog straight away.
Particularly Good Parts

In addition to the contents listed above, there’s also a pretty impressive section on dog whispering, which – in case you haven’t heard of it already – is a method of dog training based on a philosophy of clear communication and mutual respect. It’s been popularized in recent years by Cesar Millan (“The Dog Whisperer”), and is becoming increasingly well-known as an alternative and humane method for disciplining and training your dog. Secrets to Dog Training has dedicated an entire section to dog whispering: Daniel Stevens explains the background of the technique, how to utilize voice and body language to your best advantage, and how to use the technique to calmly, assertively, and effectively correct and train your dog. Step-by-set instructions are included for the common commands (sit, down, come, stay, quiet, etc).

It makes for some pretty interesting reading – and, after trying out the basics on my own recalcitrant pooch, I was amazed at how effective the techniques suggested are. Highly recommended!

I Love Freebies (Who Doesn’t?)

There’s just something about getting something for nothing. And, although my magpie-like acquisitiveness may have led me into less-than-productive purchases in the past, in this particular case I’m happy to report that Secrets to Dog Training hasn’t let me down: the freebies included with this book are not only numerous, they’re actually useful(wow!)

The book itself costs $39.95. For this price, you get a complete and detailed manual on training your dog, preventing and handling behavioral problems, and a whole bunch of general-knowledge tips and advice.

You also get a handful of practical freebies: four bonus books, dealing respectively with advanced housetraining how-to’s and troubleshooting (including both the crate- and paper-training methods); a detailed study on resolving canine aggression; how to effectively groom your dog (including information on coat care for specific breeds, dental care, and nail-clipping how-to’s); and finally, how to begin training your dog for security work.

As mentioned earlier, there is a bonus 30-minute downloadable video which takes a no-fuss approach to practical solutions for dog obedience issues.

Another particularly useful freebie: a personalized consultation with a member of the Kingdom of Pets team. If you’ve got an issue with your dog that you’d like some individual attention on, you can flick them a quick email and receive a personalized, thorough reply packed with expert advice and practical tips.

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Altogether, I’m pretty impressed with this package. I’ve owned dogs on and off my whole life, starting from when I was ten – I would have thought that I was better-prepared than most to handle the quirks and caprices of my canine friends.

But since reading this book, I think my pre-Secrets to Dog Training self was (embarrassingly) perhaps a trifle more complacent than knowledgeable – I’ve learned more since reading this manual than I’ve picked up in a near-lifetime’s worth of contact with dogs (do you know how to stop your dog from tugging on the leash, without using a check-chain? Well, I do – but until I got my hands on a copy of this book, I certainly didn’t!)

Several of the training techniques present a refreshingly common-sense, down-to-earth approach to dog training; others require a little more effort (take dog whispering as an example) but yield some pretty dramatic results. I liked the way that more than one training technique is detailed, to allow the reader to pick and choose the techniques that best suit themselves and their individual dogs.

I have no qualms in recommending this package to anyone who owns, or is thinking about owning, a dog. You don’t need to have a “problem pet” for the manual to be of assistance: there’s information included that’ll be useful to any and all dog owners.

In a nutshell: highly recommended.

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– The Ultimate House Training Guide –

What Is It?

This handy manual is a comprehensive guide to what’s arguably the most widespread, challenging and frustrating issue faced by any and all dog-owners: house training. Has any aspect of dog ownership ever been so widely misunderstood and unanimously dreaded?

Theories both unhelpful and just plain wrong positively abound on the topic. You can find a veritable vortex of conflicting arguments almost anywhere you choose to seek information on the subject, whether it’s online (o, the staggering variation on the “The Only Way To House train Your Dog!? theme to be found here!), at your local library, through contact with dog trainers, or through the (less reputable but nevertheless prolific) ranks of “quack? dog trainers : aka, those frustrating people sans qualifications, but with enough smugness and pseudo-savoir faire to fool the less suspicious of us into handing over our hard-earned dosh.


What Sets This Book Apart?

After several confounding and increasingly-frustrated hours spent trawling through the virtual minefield of conflicting information on this subject, it was with a heady mixture of joy and near-tearful relief that I stumbled across an online book entitled “The Ultimate House Training Guide?, by Martin Olliver. As the title suggests, literally all aspects of the subject are covered, and in a manner both chatty and educational – it’s kind of like having a friendly conversation with a knowledgeable canine behaviorist (with the added benefit of being able to refresh your understanding of the matter at any given time, simply by scrolling back to the relevant section!)

The tone of the book presents a welcome contrast to the illogicalities so freely available elsewhere on the Net (and, indeed, in most repositories of canine “expertise?): it’s friendly, informative, and above all, commonsensical. No gimmicky recommendations, poorly-disguised marketing ploys, or too-brief Q&A sessions here: you don’t have to be experienced in canine behavior and training to see that this guy knows what he’s talking about (and did I mention he’s a vet?)

What’s Actually Included?

There’s a quick section on the tools of the trade (“patience, persistence, consistence, and common sense?) along with some morale-boosting advice on how to keep your cool through the training process, and then it’s straight into the meat of the matter: the nitty-gritty on how to house train, with a detailed section (one for pups, one for older dogs) on each of the three methods recommended (paper-training, crate-training, and the direct method.)

Common house training problems are dealt with next – this is particularly handy! A huge variety of issues are covered, from territorial marking to poop-eating; and on top of that, each problem comes with a case study, which helps you to put the information into context.

Next, health-related problems are covered in some depth. There’s a section on congenital problems (problems your dog was born with); a section on the disease-related problems that develop later in life; and a section on other problems related to house training, like inappropriate outdoor elimination, or lawn-burn from urination.

Finally, there’s the Top Ten Tips for hassle-free house training, which is essentially a recap of the most helpful and necessary attitude adjustments, practical tips, and useful nuggets of general knowledge which will come in most handy in your dog’s training.

Just Because It’s Detailed Doesn’t Mean It’s Confusing

Sound like a handful? It’s actually very user-friendly. Not only is this book packed with sound practical advice, but the whole thing is laid out in a very logical and easy-to-understand format: the tone is light and non-threatening (no confusing terminology or strange gaps in logic here!) and it proceeds in a logical manner from step to step, with the assistance of helpful how-to illustrations from the book’s charming mascot (a pooch called, of all things, Spot-Less).

Troubleshooting

In my opinion, one of the best parts: a free, personalized email consultation with the team at Kingdom of Pets. If you’d like additional help with your own dog’s toilet-related vagaries, just flick them off an email and you’ll get an individualized professional opinion on how best to handle the problem – plus any additional tips and strategies necessary to get your house training under control.

The Verdict

House training a dog is an intimidating task for most people, but the author’s depth of knowledge is pretty reassuring; and he certainly knows how to break it down for even the greenest of owners. In addition to the main sections detailed above, there are plenty of tempting extras included to make the process as easy and effective as possible: checklists, do’s and don’ts, how to appropriately deal with “accidents?, even a list of the more helpful training products available!

All in all, two thumbs up from me: when the information on hand is as detailed, easy to absorb, and – above all – reliable as The Ultimate House Training Guide, you really can’t go wrong. May your dog’s initiation to house training proceed Spot-Lessly!

 
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How to Deal With Aggression and Biting

Hi

There’s a video that’s getting a lot of dog owners talking
lately. If you watch it, you might be angry or shocked at
first, but I know you’ll be glad that you watched it…

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In today’s newsletter, we’re going to look at how to
deal with aggression and biting.

Aggression in a dog is frightening. The first time your
once-cute-and-cuddly puppy decides to snap or lunge at
someone in your home, you likely break out in a cold sweat
and start worrying about how much further it could go.

But dealing with those aggressive tendencies doesn’t
always have to be the stressful, almost impossible
situation you fear.

More than 99 percent of all dogs with aggression and
biting tendencies can be trained and handled safely.
You just need to know where to start.

* Getting Past the Fear

A dog that likes to snap at people is scary, and you’re
forgiven for being afraid the first time. But don’t forget
that this is your dog. If you show fear to him, you’re
only going to further those bad behaviors and make it
worse.

So, step one in overcoming these bad habits is to take
control of your household and banish fear. You don’t just
need to tell your dog you’re in charge, you need to
believe it and show it.

Much of what a dog communicates is through body language,
and if yours says, “I’m afraid,” he’ll respond
accordingly.

Once you’ve gotten past this point, things can get a lot
easier, but the actual actions you’ll take depend largely
on what specific aggression problems you’re seeing.

* The Aggression and Its Roots

Aggression comes in many forms. A dog doesn’t just wake up
one day and decide he wants to attack anything that moves
(unless there’s something physically or mentally wrong
with him). So you need to pinpoint where all the growling
and snapping is coming from.

* Dog-to-Dog Aggression – If your dog is aggressive toward
other dogs in your home, he likely does not know his role
in the house. He is trying to protect you and his
perceived space. Take control as the alpha leader, and show
him that neither dog has the right to be aggressive.

* Leash Aggression – Leash aggression comes from being
restrained from a target. Teach a dog to overcome this by
forcing him to sit while on a leash within viewing
distance of his source of aggression. Treats and clickers
can help here.

* Stranger Aggression – If your dog is aggressive with
strangers, he might be anxious or unsure of himself. This
comes down to providing a strong, leadership presence and
showing him his place in the house.

* Food Bowl Aggression – Feed your dog in a separate room
from other dogs, and try to reassure him when he is
eating. Food aggression can be hard to solve and is very
dangerous, even with very well-behaved dogs.

If your dog shows food bowl aggression, consider changing
meal times, shifting locations and providing reassurance.
If that doesn’t work, contact a vet to rule out any health
issues that can lead to heightened aggression.

* Random Aggression – A dog that grows aggressive with
minimal notice and without any provocation is extremely
dangerous. It could be a result of sickness or mental
instability, so you’ll want to see your vet immediately.

Each of these is a completely different situation that
requires a different approach, and you need to remember if
your dog’s aggression leads to biting that you can’t
control and it doesn’t fall into any category, you need to
seek out an expert.

A dog is a very dangerous animal if he cannot be
controlled, and local law enforcement will treat him as
such.

Do what you can, but be responsible. If you’re one of the
99 percent of people whose dogs just needs a little
discipline and a clear role in the house, you should be
A-OK.

Just a reminder, if you care about the health of your dog,
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How to Stop Your Dog From Pulling on the Leash

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Just before I get started: I mentioned this in my last
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Tell me if this sounds familiar. You get home from work,
greet your furry friend and then go to snag the leash.
Your dog immediately starts running in circles and jumping
up and down. You get him outside, and he practically pulls
your arm out of its socket on a beeline to whatever it is
he smells.

You smile sheepishly to the neighbors, pull back a bit on
the leash and try to get your dog to slow down – but no
way, Fido is on a mission, and there’s nothing you can do
to stop him.

This is how most people start their walks with their dogs,
and it tends to turn a walk into a chore more than
something enjoyable for owner and dog alike.

The result is a dog that doesn’t get enough exercise and
an owner who is embarrassed to take their dog out the
front door.

* Stop the Behaviour

Dogs pulling on their leashes are not new. After all, dogs
are not genetically bred to have their throat wrapped in a
collar and tied to your arm. They pull because you’re
pulling back, and the only real way you’ll ever get him to
stop is to train him that the walk isn’t going anywhere
until he slows up.

I’ve seen hundreds of dogs with this problem, and the vast
majority simply didn’t know what they were doing wrong.
They’re not trying to assert dominance by running in
front. They’re not trying to make you mad. They’re just
excited and want to smell everything they can.

That’s why you need to take control of the situation.
Like anything in your dog’s life, it’s your job to control
what he has access to and when he can have access to it.
By showing your dog how his behavior hinders his walk
(rather than yelling, which only confuses him), you’ll
solve a lot of problems.

* Revise the Walking Ritual

To be effective in revamping your dog’s walking behavior,
you need to start with the moment you pick up that leash.
As you may have noticed, your dog learns very quickly
which of your behaviors signal that they’re about to go
outside.

You need to take control of this situation because it sets
up his reactions for the next few minutes on your walk. If
your dog decides he is going to jump around and whine in
excitement before a walk, wait until he calms down.

Simply waiting 5-10 minutes will often drain him of that
over-exuberance. I know it’s cute, but it’s hard to
control a dog that gets that excited.

Before you even open the door, make sure he is sitting in
a quiet, calm position. From there, don’t do anything
until he’s waiting patiently.

Once you get outside, let him relieve himself right away,
but then take control and limit his exploration.
Because a dog pulls back when he is restrained, you cannot
teach him to stop pulling by pulling back. You need to
stop walking and make him sit beside or behind you.

It can take a long time, but if you stop your dog from
walking every time he starts to pull, he’ll quickly learn
that the act of pulling on the leash stops the walk.
This is important. He needs to recognize that the pulling
action is causing the stoppage. Anything else will be too
complex for him.

Once you’ve done this, you should be able to slowly work
him up to walking beside or even behind you on your walk –
both will make your life infinitely easier. Take treats
with you as well. It can make the process much easier if
you can reward him for good behavior.

One last time, if you haven’t already, I suggest you check
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I hope you enjoyed today’s newsletter!

Talk to you soon,

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The Benefits of Clicker Training

Hi

It’s no secret that an untrained dog is no walk in the
park – the barking, the destruction and the seeming
unwillingness to do what you want. It’s very frustrating
at times, and it can strain even the healthiest of
relationships.

So anything that promises to make your life easier with
simple, painless training sounds pretty fantastic.
But, in many cases, that “wonder solution” is never as
simple as it sounds. Take clicker training, for example.

Used by animal trainers of all walks, clicker training has
been used for years to train dogs and teach them to
respond immediately to the sound of that click.

It’s not as simple as all that though. You have to
convince your dog that the click will in some way benefit
him.

But, if you do it right, the clicker can turn around your
stress-ridden household and make your life infinitely
easier.

* How Clicker Training Works

The idea behind a clicker is very simple. You’re training
your dog to recognize exactly when he’s done something
right by using a clicker. The clicker will make a short,
simple sound that he can hear from greater distances.

At first, you’ll need to supplement the clicker sound with
treats. In many cases, this just means sitting there with
a bag of treats and handing a treat to the dog whenever
you use the clicker. This enforcement will teach him that
when you make a sound, he’s being rewarded.

It can also be converted or combined with command words
very easily, something that many other training methods
cannot. The breed or intelligence of an animal is rarely
an issue with clicker training due to the natural response
to the noise that most dogs already have.

It’s humane, it’s simple, and it’s incredibly effective.

* The Benefits of Clicker Training

The number one benefit of clicker training is how simple
it is. It can take as little as 15 minutes to teach your
dog that a click is a good thing and even less time to
start teaching him basic commands with a clicker.

It is also very small and easy to carry with you anywhere
you take your dog. You can have a clicker in your leash
hand and use it when on a walk to control your dog’s
walking behavior. You also have the benefit of a clicker
being very audible from great distances.

Additionally, a clicker is much more consistent than your
voice. It doesn’t have a tone and cannot be misunderstood
by a dog. Sometimes, our commands can get confused with
other words and can result in inappropriate responses from
a dog.

Combined with a good command word, a clicker will tell
your dog exactly what you want him to do, and it
streamlines the entire process of getting your commands
through to him. You’ll never need to worry about whether
he understands that what he’s doing is right or wrong.

In the end, a clicker can be supplemented with simple
affection and positive reinforcement, and you’ll never
need to resort to the more controversial and inhumane
training methods that are out there.

If you’re having trouble with a furry little friend,
one of the first things you’ll be taught by any dog
trainer is to exercise him and then train him with some
basic tricks. Clicker training can make that much easier.

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Secrets to Dog Training presents a thoroughly detailed and
enlightening look at how to both stop and prevent
common problem behaviors exhibited by dogs.

It includes a lot of step-by-step photo examples, case
studies and videos.

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Talk to you soon,