Not thinking there was much I haven't dealt with having multiple dogs for years, I was thinking I wouldn't learn much. Boy was I wrong!! This book is easy to read and understand and I finished it on one sitting. Highlighted and made notes throughout it! I can't recommend it enough!
Great book packed with lots of information! I will recommend it to other dog owners and refer back to it with my own dogs.
I just devoured this book, “Become Your Dog’s Hero”, from cover to cover! And, it has rejuvenated me again. When I lived in the Salt Lake area, I was fortunate enough to attend board and train programs, Saturday Socials and Sunday pack walks as well as some reactive dog workshops in person with my pup at K9 Lifeline. But since leaving Salt Lake, and acquiring more dogs, I have to confess that I have “cheated” and read other dog training sources and tried other methods, mostly with great frustration. Eventually I get smart and gravitate back to what I learned from Heather and her programs at K9 Lifeline, which are the methods outlined in this book. I have four dogs now and all four of them use the sidekick with mostly great success. Except for our newest addition who s a German Shepherd dog that I adopted after her owner died. She’s a huge puller and a bit dog reactive so I’ve been frustrated in getting her to respond. Reading this book has given me new enthusiasm for applying these methods to make her the amazing dog I know she can be. Anyway, I just wanted to let everyone know how great I think this book is and how much it has energized me to reapply the methods that I know work from experience! So, read this book, get the “Sidekick” and apply these methods in your training. You won’t regret it!
Molly (pictured on her calm mat) is my third Rhodesian Ridgeback and is currently 14 weeks old. My previous two (one male, one female) both had major pulling issues that made walking them a real chore. That is, until I found the SideKick. It gave me the head & pressure control that was needed to better communicate the pace and position I needed them to be in. Walks became a pleasure. I was sold on Heather Beck’s training method and devoured the training materials on her website. It agreed with my positive reinforcement philosophy and made a lot of sense. More importantly, I was getting results. When I saw that she had taken all that information and put it into a 96-page book, I immediately put my order in. The book is organized into 5 chapters and covers everything from Getting Started to Continuing Education, from training methods and techniques to grooming and feeding. Whether you’re an experienced dog owner or whether you’ve just got your first puppy, you’ll find something useful in this book.
Such an amazing book that should be in every dog owner’s home. The only suggestion I can make is to review shipping and packaging materials, as the spine and cover of our copy came damaged.
I have previously watched Heather's videos. I still refer back to them. But because I love to own and read books I was very excited to get Become Your Dog's Hero. I read it right away. I will be using her methods more and more.
Must read for those who want to learn how to have a great relationship with their dog. This book provides the tools to create a great foundation, communicate with your dog in a way they understand and create a dog that is calm, balanced, happy and well behaved!