- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins - GB; 10th Anniversary edition edition (27 November 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0006532365
- ISBN-13: 978-0006532361
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2 x 19.7 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 240 g
- Customer Reviews: 631 customer ratings
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The Dog Listener: Learning the language of your best friend Paperback – Import, 27 November 2002
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"Those wanting true canine companionship will find Fennell's approach attractive and easy to apply."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"The Dog Listener tells how to make dogs listen."--Parade
About the Author
Born in Fulham, England, Jan quickly found an affinity and a respect for other animals. Many of her happiest moments as a child were in the company of horses, dogs and other furry friends, and living in London meant that these were not as often as she would have liked. In fact, there was a long period of time when she found herself without their company, in particular the time spent in the Royal Navy as a teenager.
However, this was to change after marriage and a move to the quiet countryside of Lincolnshire, situated in the Midlands of England. A rescue dog called Purdey, Jan’s first dog since her childhood pet Shane (an impressive Border Collie) had joined her, her husband and children not long before. Those who have read Jan’s inspirational bestseller ‘The Dog Listener’ will know that this situation did not end happily, and although for a while it did put Jan off ever having a dog again, she was soon convinced by her husband to get a Springer Spaniel, whom they named Kelpie. This started a love affair with the breed, which remains undiminished to this day. Jan’s interest in training dogs began with Kelpie, and although she even ran classes in obedience during the late seventies and early eighties, she always had reservations about the methods used. She would often object to what she saw as the more “confrontational” aspects of dog training. It was not until she saw a demonstration by Monty Roberts, the world famous “Horse Whisperer”, that she finally realised the direction she must take.
Taking on board the Robert’s ideal of gaining trust and cooperation from horses by communicating with them in their own language, Jan set out to do likewise with dogs. This involved years of studying; wolf behaviour, that of her own dogs and the teachings of Monty, all of this while studying at University and raising two children on her own. She began to realise that the similarities between her own dogs and wolf packs were astounding. Once she established the importance of the lead wolves, or Alphas, she looked for the same in her own house. She discovered that Sasha, her beautiful, black German Shepherd, was fulfilling that role. Jan tried to mimic Sasha’s behaviour, and found to her amazement that her dogs changed. Whereas before they would pull her around when on the lead, they were much calmer. Similarly, the tendency to run off and not come back diminished greatly. All those who knew her would often comment on how “well behaved” her dogs were.
A lot of her work was done by trial and error, but after a few years she had created “Amichien Bonding”, a technique that started out with humble beginnings, with some friends asking her to help them, but which is now being used all over the world. The book “ ‘The Dog Listener’ ” and its accompanying television series have earned her praise and respect from people everywhere. The method is simple, yet highly effective, and even the most sceptical cannot argue when they see the proof with their own eyes. Jan, together with her son Tony, have saved the lives of countless dogs, and the sanity of countless dog owners. Her method is a revolution, and her personality and enthusiasm are matched by her respect for the animals she loves and works with every day. She has just finished writing the follow-up book to the bestseller ‘The Dog Listener’ – which has already been translated into several languages – entitled ‘The Practical Dog Listener’. In all this, Jan’s feet remain firmly on the ground; her goal has always been the improvement of the already special relationship between Man and his best friend.
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Jan Fennel shows a good hert and much love for the dogs. All the method is peaceful and calm. Beutifull.
I had lot's of internal resistence to use this method because it is supose don't pay atention to the dogs when arriving home... oohh it was awfull for me. But after they came and i din't pay atention, they simply went way. And looked good.
After I assumed my self as nice leader i notice changes imediatly, with me, in the house and with other dogs in the street.
I'm totaly amased that i did a walk without them pulling or barcking.... AUUUUUU
The method is really simply and easy to put in pratice. I think the only trouble is our personal associoations to words like lidership, ignore,etc. But when we try the method, we see that works really nice for both of us: human and dogs.
Thank's a lot Jan!
I got a copy for my kindle and, if you read it, the book is written in an easy manner which starts with the authors own reasons for trying to find some way to help he understand why a dog behaves in the way it does and also how, as it's owner, you subconsciously influence that behaviour.
Yes some of the stories leave you to wonder why the owner was told to act in a certain way," the leave by the window case " being a prime example but, if you read the book and take each example as simply a way of explaining in terms which most people with a problem can relate to, you find that in fact, each case dose explain a certain trait and also offers a way to help. It just seems to be the way the author has chosen to explain the methods possibly feeling that, as in teaching a child, if the information is presented in an easy manner the child thinks it is play and learns easily. The author tries here to give examples which the reader can then, on reflection, identify with and adapt to address their own issues.
All in all I would recommend this book not only as an easy read for dog lovers in general but also for anyone who does have "issues" which they need to help their pet with.
Far from being in anyway cruel is in ignoring the dog for 5 mins when first entering a room to help with separation anxiety I'd say that after the first couple of times of doing so they dog quickly learns that a calm approach from them is rewarded by lots of cuddles.
The method does not involve touching, chastising, etc but only remaining calm and being firm in your own resolve not to give in to all the pets tricks to get round you. I likened it to watching the programs like Super nanny on TV where they try to get a child to sleep in it's own bed by repeatedly calmly returning it to it's bed without any fuss. Eventually the child just goes to sleep. Dogs are just as smart and also want to please, so quickly adopt the behaviour that best gets them their owners attention.
If you are wondering if you should get this book I would say yes , if you are going to keep an open mind whilst reading it.
If you have any issues to sort out with your pet, providing you stay calm and keep following the steps set out in the right order you will find that within a very short time you will see a noticeable change in your pet. All you will need is the resolve to do it, the ability to stay calm and the time to spend repeating the exercises.
When we got him I tried to correct Toby the way I had been brought up to with our family dogs - but it wasn't really working. Truth be told I was a bit impatient but even so I felt that he just wasn't learning - my corrections weren't having much affect even though I was being very consistent and setting clear boundaries. Chastisements simply weren't working.
I started looking around and came across Jan Fennell's book and given my knowledge of Monty Roberts I thought I'd give it a go. The results, even after just 1 week, have been great. I understood that between our wife and I, that we had been sending him confusing signals at times. At this formative time when he is settling in with us, it is so important that he knows his place in the family. We have employed Jan's techniques consistently and Toby is much more settled and much more obedient. Clearly it is still a work in progress and indeed we know that using the techniques forever is key. Simply showering a rescue dog with love and affection without understanding when it is appropriate can actually be one of the worst things you can do.
I highly recommend that every dog owner reads this. Clearly not every dog will be as challenging but employing these techniques will make your experience with your dog even more fun and pleasurable and your dog will most definitely be happier.
until I read this book. He made a big deal of traveling in the car and would take me for a walk by pulling on the lead.
Would not sit or come back to me when off the lead.
I knew he was still a puppy and this was the best time to get he trained.
I was about to take him to dog training classes when I heard about this book.
Since reading it I did not bother with the classes but decided to train him myself
Using the instructions in the book. Khyber now travels in the car no problem.
In fact he loves it. He know longer pulls on the lead sits and comes when told.
His training continues but I am amazed how I have bonded with him using the technique's Jan Fenneil recommends.
in her book The dog listener, I would recommend this book to anyone who is prepared to spend
the time with there dog.
Basically it's a story book about a women and her dogs, the anecdotes are slightly helpful, but it gives no real clear guidance on where to start and how to implement any of her methods.
If you have a dog who is pretty well behaved you just want to tweak some areas, this book isnt for you.
I also found the digital copy hard to use as I wanted to flick back and forth between examples. I love my kindle, but this is the type of book which needs to be in hardcopy form in my opinion.
Using this method it has transformed my relationship with my dog! I feel sad that it has taken too long for me to have read this book, and I did not use this way with my previous dogs.
But from now this will be the way I will be using with every dog I meet!
Regarding the book itself, Jan Fennell is clearly an experienced and loving dog-owner who developed her methods of communicating with her beloved hounds after being inspired by watching the famous 'horse whisperer' (Monty Roberts) in action. Jan has based her training and bonding methods on four main instincts which our modern-day dogs have retained from their ancient forebears in the wolf-pack. The techniques employed are gentle and largely based on body-language. It is the author's premise that following these methods will result in happy dogs who are loyal pack members and who have absolute faith in their owner as their leader. Consequently, they are happy with their role life - even when that role is simply to, as Jan says, "sit back and lead a comfortable and enjoyable life". And a happy dog who is content with its leader is obedient out of choice and is a pleasure to be with.
After clearly explaining the methods of training and bonding and from where they have derived, the various chapters discuss different 'problem' areas your dog may have got into - separation anxiety, nervous aggression, overprotective dogs, running wild off the lead, fear of noises etc - and how each of these situations can be resolved by simply sticking to and applying the methods outlined.
'The Dog Listener' is written to be easy reading. It is informative, interesting and helpful.
I would recommend it to any dog owner.
'issues' or not, this book is an interesting read for any and every dog-owner. Highly recommended!
great condition much better than I imagine. Highly recommended.