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A compassionate, modern, science-based approach to help you (and your dog!) with common training problems 

"Zak George takes his dedication to humane and effective dog training from the screen to the written page." (Dr. John Ciribassi, DVM, DACVB,  coeditor of Decoding Your Dog

Does your dog bark a lot, pull on the leash, hate to be left alone, or have accidents in the house? 

Celebrity dog trainer and YouTube star Zak George creates the most watched dog-training content in the world and has helped millions of people with their dogs. In this problem-based guide, he makes it easy to solve the exact behavioral issue that you're struggling with - whether you’re dealing with a new puppy, an adult dog you’ve had for years, or a recently adopted rescue. He also helps you prevent many of these problems from becoming established in the first place. Packed with case studies and examples from Zak's videos so you can see his dog and puppy training tactics in action, this book contains step-by-step instructions for dealing with:  

  • Chewing
  • Jumping up
  • Barking
  • Play biting
  • Begging
  • Not listening
  • Thunderstorm phobia
  • Separation anxiety
  • Aggression
  • And much more! 

Delving deeply into why dogs do what they do and how to work through any problems that might arise, Zak proves that it's never too late to correct behavioral issues.

©2019 Zak George and Dina Roth Port (P)2019 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Zak George takes his dedication to humane and effective dog training from the screen to the written page. His techniques for managing common training problems are spot-on." (Dr. John Ciribassi, DVM, DACVB, past president of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior and coeditor of Decoding Your Dog)

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  • Tim
  • 01-08-2019

Great Book thou Time stamps would be great.

This book was great. The slow-talking and reasoning behind doing everything are great.
The only issue is there are no timestamps anywhere so I can't navigate to certain things I want without quickly skipping around the chapters. this would not be an issue with a hardback book, however, I don't know a hardback and only have the audible book.

Non-the less I love the book but have found my self quickly taking down timestamp times for certain things I want to readdress at a later date.

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Zac is an inspiration.

Due to the current world pandemic I have had to stop group dog training with my 5 month old lab. Zac's books, videos, app and Facebook group have kept me going on the training department. Zac is truely a dog whisperer and, the lovely manner in which he explains dogs and their behaviours really gives the listener great insight into how to better communicate with their fur baby. Great job Zac! Thank you

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  • EmmyPickle
  • 31-07-2019

Thank you zak

My 5 year old border collie/heeler mix, was having tons of behavioral issues such as aggressiveness, snapping at dogs and kids. We tried one dog trainer who taught us to “train with discipline” and we saw her behavior get even worse. When my wife found Zak’s YouTube videos we gave it a try and now 3 years later and have bought 2 of his books now she’s on a speedy recovery and has started playing with a few dogs! Thank you again for everything!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-05-2020

Best dog trainer

Zak is simply the most knowledgeable and professional trainer I have found on the web. Watching his youtube videos along with reading both of his books (especially this one) will solve any type of frustration you have with your dog. More importantly the outcome of zaks approach to training, helped me create the unique bond with my dog that I wanted so bad. This book is a must have!

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  • Kyle Goodreau
  • 08-05-2020

Great guide to raise a puppy/dog.

This book is great, and i have been practicing with my puppy on basic skills since we got her 5 weeks ago. She is still bitey as most puppies are, but through these methods she is eager to learn and please me. She already has about 13 tricks under her belt, from a solid game of fetch to a little wave she just learned this morning. I watched many of his videos online as they are a great resource as well.

Positive reinforcement training is the way to go, and i'll never train any other way.

Thanks Zac for the book and the videos!

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  • Isil
  • 05-01-2020

I was so nervous before getting my puppy

Not anymore. Thank you! I still don’t know what I’m getting myself into but I feel more prepared that is for sure.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-10-2019

Best dog training book!!

Totally changed the way I train dogs!! You and your dog will have the best training sessions ever together!!

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  • K.
  • 04-02-2021

Entertaining and filled with great information and techniques ❤️

Awesome book with great information! Easy to follow instructions and the narrator’s voice & presentation is enjoyable. I learned a lot and I know I’ll have so much fun teaching my dog based on this book!

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  • Robert Doland
  • 01-02-2021

Learn to love your dog better!

Incredibly thankful for this book! Zach is so patient and phenomenal and not only training animals but training us humans as well.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-12-2020

successful using these methods with my dogs

First started listening to this when my 2 puppies were 3-4 months old and have gone back and re-read specific chapters as needed. The girls are now 1.5 years old and we have been successful using these methods with them wherever we are consistent and practice the desired behaviors. Sometimes the book can drag on a little long on a point, but this is understandable since a lot of training principles overlap and are based on repetition. Thanks for a great book!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-10-2020

great read

This book is helping me tons in my dog training journey. Being able to check out the videos mentioned, along with others, via YouTube were especially beneficial.

I recommend everyone start here as book 1 on you dog training journey.

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  • Armin Zare
  • 03-07-2020

The best dog training book

As a first dog owner, I have read many dog training books and went through some courses and I found Zak’s book the best. His passion and love toward dogs made this book extremely easy to understand. This book helped me and my puppy a lot. His emphasis on how to communicate with my dog helped me and my puppy to create a strong bond. I appreciate how he logically explains why some ways of training are not successful. I want to listen to this book for the second time. It is one of the best. Thanks, Zak.

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  • S M GOULD
  • 05-08-2019

dont bother with this just go to his you tube vids

it's an ok book but doesn't really provide much training advice. its full of half suggestions or really vague tips, nearly every problem ends with 'go check out this you tube video' rather then him taking time to give you details in specific training.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-12-2020

everything you need when you have a dog!

covers all subjects Zak is a brilliant trainer! I learned so much from his books and videos

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  • Comberspud
  • 25-07-2019

Brilliant!

I listened to this book on Audible. having also listened to zak's first book (which I also really enjoyed) I would.say that this one was the best fit for what I needed.

I have recently got 2 puppies and have begun to train them this book.covers all the areas of training you will need and gives you guidance on how to address problem behaviours also.

Brilliant book for anyone wanting to train their dog positively.

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