So here is another guide on how to train your dog. There are plenty of them around. Most of them do keep what they promise while some don’t. I have taken a good look at Secrets to Dog Training by the company Kingdom of Pets to see if this could be something worth buying.
Kingdom of Pets is a company which sells resources for a number of different pets, not only dogs, they also have books about cats, tropical fish etc. It all started out with dogs though, in 2004. The company is based in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Secrets to dog training is an e-book of 256 pages which covers most dog training issues. The book starts with new owners advice such as how to choose a dog or puppy, the best place to buy/get one from, information about different breeds etc. and how to prepare your home before the arrival of your new dog. The book covers housebreaking and also how to deal with various dog related problems (like the ones you will find on my website) chewing, pulling the leash, separation anxiety and so on.
There is also a section on dog whispering. Dog whispering has become largely known to public thanks to the tv series where Cesar Millan (the dog whisperer) is helping people with their various dog problems. Dog whispering is about how to communicate with your dog (using body language and expressions) and also taking the leader role of your dog. With Secrets to dog training comes five more books covering how to deal with dog aggression, nutrition, how to be the Alpha dog and soo on. There is also 30 minute video where different training methods are shown and even a forum where you can ask for help, should you run into any problems. All in all it seems like a rather complete training guide on both dog training and dog ownership in general.
How the Secrets of Dog Training is organised
The book has a total of nine chapters divided into three different courses. The first course (which contains chapter one to three) is about getting prepared to the arrival of your new puppy. It is very comprehensive and complete. It starts out by asking you some questions about your lifestyle, your personality and economy. This is to help to figure out if you have the time and money to own a dog and also to help you choose the most suitable dog for you.
The first chapter is organised like this. It talks about dog ownership and you, that is what you need to consider when getting a dog, different breeds of dogs, where you should you get your dog from, responsible ownership, and finally a summary of everything. It is really about preparing you for dog ownship. There are a lot of considerations to make when getting a dog and this first chapter goes through all this.
Finances is one thing it goes through, as dog ownership does cost money. It then goes through choosing your breed of dog, as different breeds of dogs suits different personalites and lifestyles. It explains different types of dogs, their backgrounds and needs. This is to help you choose the right dog for you.
It also goes into depth on how to choose your puppy, where to get it from, how to prepare your house for the puppy and finally an introduction to different dog training methods. All in all a very complete chapter, there is really nothing I miss from it.
The second section of the book, containing the next three chapters is about understanding your dog, various problems you might encounter with your dog and then how to teach your dog basic commands. The first chapter is about understanding your dog. It explains brieflly how dogs live in the wild and how their hierarchy works. It then goes into explaining how dog uses his/her senses and how they use their body language and facial expressions to express themselves.
The next chapter deals with various dog related problems, such as aggression, unwanted chewing and soo on. The final chapter of this section is about teaching your dog basic commands, such as sit, come, heel, seek etc.
In the third section of Secrets to dog training they go deeper into to dog training and also covers various health issues. The first chapter is about “dog whispering”. (known to public largely thanks to the tv series with dog trainer Ceasar Millan). However dog whispering has been around for a long time and is being used by a lot of dog trainers.
The first chapter of this section gives an introduction to dog whispering. It explains what it is, how it works and the advantages and disadvantages of using this method. The second chapter is about health related issues such as fleas, heatstroke, co-habitation dog/cat, worms and various other things. The final chapter of Secrets of Dog Training is about more advanced training.
The training philosophy of the Secrets of Dog Training is a one built on rewarding good behavior and ignoring bad. The methods used are gentle. They are based on the fact that the dog owner needs to establish him or herself as the packleader and the dog will then follow. Secrets of Dog Training is against harsh treatment such as the use of electric collars and choke collars or prong collars. Alternative training methods are being presented instead. These include “dog whispering”, whistle training, clicker training, reward training etc. The training philosophy of The dog training secrets is gentle, modern and effective.
My general impressions of Kingdom of pets is very good. This guide is complete and really gives you all the information you need when you are getting a dog or puppy. It also goes through how dogs function, why they do like they do and how to use various training methods. The language and explanations used are easy to follow and to understand.
The way the book is organised makes it easy to use and follow. It is written by dog lovers, the training methods they describe are both gentle and effective and are in many ways similar to those in Doggy Dan’s Online Dog Trainer. The only thing I really miss with the Kingdom of pets are some videos. It is easier to learn by watching videos than by reading text and watching pictures. You can get Secrets to Dog Training Here.
With Secrets to Dogtraining also comes access to their forum. The forum is a place where you can get help with anything related to your dog. The owner (or in some cases other members) will then answer your question. I have checked it out and it really is good. The forum is an active one and all questions gets answered. This is really a strong point of Secrets to dog training. With many dog training guides you do not get any support so if you run into problems or if you don’t understand something you are on your own. Secrets to dogtraining offers good support via their forum.
With The Secrets to Dog Training comes six additional bonus books. While this is too much material to give a complete reveiw on each one, I will briefly go over what each one is about and my general impressions on all of them.
The bonus books are:
Meals for your dog This books gives recipies on all kind of healthy foods that both you and your puppy/dog can enjoy, here is everything from meatloaf to pancakes, sushi, asian foods, as well as snacks, cookies and soo on. There is also a list of ingredients that should not be used when cooking for a dog.
A Quick Guide to Dog Aggression, This is a short guide explaining why dogs become aggressive and what to do about it. There is a short list of breeds that might be a little more troublesome than others and also few letters from readers with different dog aggression problems.
Dog Grooming Made Easy,
is about taking care of your dog,s claws, teeth and coat. It explains the preparation, needed equipment, and also gives tips on how you when caring for your dog, can discover health problems by carefully observing and checking your dog’s body.
Tips on How to Security Train Your Dog, This one is about training your dog for guarding or protection. It covers how to choose a breed suitable for this kind of work, how to find the right puppy and the use of a professional trainer to train the dog for protection.
Secrets to Becoming the Alpha Dog,
This is probably the most important of all the bonuses. This short book gives you the principles and methods to establish yourself as the Alpha Dog, the leader of your dog. This is the base of all dog training, your dog must see you as the leader in order to follow your commands. This is why this is soo important, you need to be your dog’s leader in order to train your dog.
All the House Training Methods & Tricks
is about getting your dog house trained and clean. It contains a few different methods on how to acheive this, as well as tips on feeding and walking, rewards and soo on.
The bonuses is a useful addition to the book, the most important one being: how to become the Alpha Dog. As being your dog’s leader is essential in order to train it, this is important reading. The recipe book seems like fun at least if you like cooking. The dog grooming book is good as well but I do miss some images. It is a little hard to understand what to do simply by reading. Then there are: How to security train your dog, A quick guide to dog agression and All the house training methods and tricks. All of these are useful addtions to the main book and provides some useful information about these important subjects. All I really miss is a few more illustrations or videos. These would make it easier to learn.
Summary and Verdict
All in all I would say that the Secrets to Dog Training by Kingdom of Pets is a good buy. It offers a lot of value for money. Practically all issues of dog training and dog ownership are covered. The methods described in this book are both modern, effective and gentle for the dog, no doubt the writer knows what he is talking about. The forum is an important addition to the book. Being able to get help when you need it is priceless and makes Secrets to dog training different from most dog training guides. You can get Secrets to Dog Training HERE
The only thing I am really missing here are some videos. Being able to see how training is performed by seeing it on video really makes it easier to learn. Now Kingdom of Pets also sells a “multimedia package” which apart from the Secrets of Dog Training also contains 8 training videos (and a number of different books covering dogs health, housetraining, and all the other bonuses included with the Dog Training Secrets e-book).The Multimedia Package costs 99.95 and you can also order only the videos for 59.95. I will do a review of the Kingdom of Pets dog training “Multimedia Package” soon.
So to summarize, the Secrets to Dog Training is an excellent dog training guide which apart from dog training gives you just about everything you need to know when getting a dog. It is well written, easy to understand and it is clear that the writer does know what he is talking about. If you are about to get a dog or if you would like to learn more about your own dog, then Secrets to Dog Training is a great choice.
Here is a link to their website: Secrets to Dog Training
However if your main concern is the training then I would suggest you take a look at the Online Dog Trainer. The online dog trainer site contains over 250 videos dog training videos made by professional Dog Trainer Doggy Dan. Seing him work with clients dogs solving various problems is a simple way to learn how to train your dog. Just like The Secrets of Dog Training there is a forum where any question you might have will be answered by Doggy Dan himself. Both the Online Dog Trainer and The Secrets of Dog Training are excellent dog training guides. The main advantage with the Online Dog Trainer is the videos which makes the whole process easier to understand. You can find my review of the Online Dog Trainer here.
I hope you enjoyed this review and as always if you have any questions please ask them below.