I Need Your Help!

Discussion in 'Off-Topic & Chit Chat' started by Jean Cote, Sep 15, 2012.

  1. Jean Cote Administrator

    Thank you all so much for your help!!
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  2. MaryK Honored Member

    You'd better Sara LOL cannot have the Super Moderator not giving Jean a testimonial:rolleyes::LOL:
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  3. MaryK Honored Member

    You write from the heart and that's where all GREAT authors come from - the heart:love:
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  4. Dogster Honored Member

    LOVE all the testimonials!!!!:love: I already sent it to Jean, but here's mine:

    Positive reinforcement has really changed the way I think about dogs, and dog training. I used to be a Cesar Millan fan, but once I turned over to positive reinforcement training, I never looked back.

    My dog, Shivon is my best friend. I can't imagine my life without her. We have a strong bond, that was formed thanks to positive reinforcement, love and devotion. You just can't get that using corrections, alpha rolls, choke collars, etc. I didn't think that I could create a bond with my dog, before I discovered positive reinforcement. With the power of positive reinforcement training, I was not only able to teach Shivon obedience (such as stay, or loose-leash walking), but I was able to teach her amazing dog tricks, like painting, playing the piano, or carrying my purse. Positive reinforcement training changed my life forever. It's amazing what praise, treats and a little tool called a clicker can do.:)
  5. jackienmutts Honored Member

    I've had dogs my whole life, always lived in a multi-dog household, and they've always been my best friends and my family. I always wondered how they got dogs to do the amazing tricks we saw on tv, and thought one day, I'm going to learn how to teach my dog how to do some of those things. I grew up in a time, tho, when old-fashioned methods were all we knew. I always thought there had to be a better way, but didn't know what it might be.

    Fast forward to 6 yrs ago, and many many dogs later. I adopted my current German Shepherd, Makena, at 2 yrs old from a rescue organization. It was love at first sight - but she was dog aggressive. I had to learn how to work with that. I sought the help of a few trainers, 2 of whom made it much much worse. I kept searching for an answer, and someone who could help me - and found our current training facility. I enrolled in a Feisty Fido class, and with their direction, a clicker, loads of treats, lots of patience and hard work, I've seen my girl relax and enjoy her life and walks again. I also adopted another Germ Shep, and between the two, we've been to so many classes, and also enjoy learning tricks on our own. The power of a clicker and positive reinforcement is life-changing. It's been called bribery by those who don't understand. But why would I want to punish my dog for being afraid? Or punish a dog simply because they just might not understand what I want them to do? And that's essentially what I was being asked to do. When I started treating her with the respect she so deserved, and rewarding her for all her good behavior, her whole attitude changed - much the same as happens with us as humans. The bond that has developed between my dogs and me is based on mutual respect and trust, and is deeper than one can imagine. Positive reinforcement training is the best and only way to go - our dogs deserve nothing less.

    Jackie .. and Makena

    You have my permission to use this testimonial in your book. Good luck Jean!!
  6. sara Moderator

    I used to be a corrective based trainer, but I slowly started changing my methods as I got into adopting special needs dogs. But one very special dog has completely changed me into a Positive Reinforcement trainer. Oliver is a street dog with serious fear-based aggression. I started out with Oliver using a mix of corrective methods and positive methods. But Ollie kept getting worse, not better. I talked to other trainers in town, and they all were telling me to keep doing what I was doing... But I knew it was wrong. Oliver certainly needs a different approach.

    I began joining forums, and reading books recommended to me, and have completely crossed over to the positive side. I am still working on issues that my ignorance caused with Ollie, but we are slowly overcoming his fears.

    Oliver, Mouse, Boo, Scout and Zoe
    and I give you permission to use this for your book :)
  7. Jean Cote Administrator

    Such great testimonials! It's a pleasure to read them. P.S. Sara, that signature picture is hilarious. :) I used to watch that show as a kid.
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  8. MaryK Honored Member

    That's beautiful SouthernGirl LOL isn't it wonderful that our crazy dogs are crazy in all the right ways!:D
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  9. MaryK Honored Member

    Jackie and Sara, beautiful testimonials. I just love using Positive Reinforcement Training, the bonding with your dog(s) is just amazing isn't it.
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  10. southerngirl Honored Member

    Everyone's testimonials are great. It seems that most of us started of using the old fashioned way before finding the light(positive reinforcement)
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  11. Dogster Honored Member

    FANTASIC testimonials, Jackie and Sara!!!!:love::D
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  12. jackienmutts Honored Member

    Here's a pic of Makena IMG_2140.JPG
  13. MaryK Honored Member

    Oh Jackie she's beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I wanna hug her!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:love::love::love: She has that regal, alert, yet soft look GSs have. I'm in love!!!!!!!!!!:love::love:
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  14. Dogster Honored Member

    She is beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:love::love::love: She looks so happy!!!!
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  15. jackienmutts Honored Member

    Aww, thanks guys!! :love:
  16. xXbuffyXx Active Member

    I am a new member and this site has already given me and my 11 week old pup so much help! Can't wait to read the book! :)
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  17. Jean Cote Administrator

    Just wanted to give you a little update on this eBook, it's almost ready! You'll know as soon as it's out by it being promoted on the site. :)
  18. Caiti Experienced Member

    Can't wait! :D
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  19. Jean Cote Administrator

    Thank you everyone for helping me with this eBook. You can download it by entering your e-mail address on the right side of the page or by visiting this link. Some of you might recognize a familiar furry face if you've given me a short testimonial. :)

    Let me know what you think of the eBook!
  20. Anneke Honored Member

    I just downloaded it and had a quick scroll through it.
    I have to say, you did a fantastic job, Jean!!!
    If it was a hardcover and I came across in a bookstore, I would buy it!!!
    Too bad, a lot of my friends with dogs, don't speak english, because I would recommend it to anyone with a dog!

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