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Worry Free Walks

How to Transform Your Dangerous, Difficult and Devilish Dog into a Problem-Free Pooch That You're Proud to Take to the Park (Street-Smart Dog Training, Book 1)
Narrated by: Dominic Hodgson
Length: 2 hrs and 32 mins
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Summary

Are you sick and tired of being ignored and embarrassed by your distracted dog? Do you dread the daily dog walk and find exercising your dog draining and depressing? Do you love your dog dearly but hate walking him, and do you wish you had more control?

Worry no longer because help is at hand, and in Worry Free Walks, superhero dog-training specialist Dominic Hodgson deconstructs the dog walk and gives you a simple and straightforward, step-by-step guide that will get you from your front door to the park bench without any pulling, lunging, barking, or shouting.

In Worry Free Walks, you will discover:

  • How to use the "Safety Audit" to eliminate bad habits and turn your dog walk into a safe, secure, and stress-free experience.
  • How to tap into your dog’s "preprogrammed" breed traits and provide fun and engaging games that will keep him laser-focused on you.
  • How to use the power of play to influence and "entertain" your dog so he never leaves your side, even if there are birds, squirrels, and other dogs nearby!

Get ready for change, because Worry Free Walks holds the answers to your dog-owning prayers....

©2018 Dominic Hodgson (P)2018 Dominic Hodgson

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Not for everyone and certainly not for me

This book contains a few good tips, but generally it's a lot of words that say very little. I read a multitude of books about dogs and training and I'm always looking for different ideas on how to engage with dogs. It's a a shame that the author feels the need to insult force-free, positive trainers and I feel somewhat attacked for my beliefs. The constant swearing is off-putting and completely unnecessary.

In short, it tells us to find our dog's favourite food/toy and use them to be more interesting so that your dog pays you more attention. It also highlights that you should take responsibility for your dog in public places. I absolutely agree with these premises, but find the aggressive, foul-mouthed style of the author to be totally off-putting. There are much better books about dogs around which would probably a better way to spend your money.

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Simple, easy to follow but restricted

The guidance in this book is quite simple and straightforward to follow, and should be easily understood by most. Dominic delivers his approach clearly and with enough humour and 'matter of factness' to make this a relateable guide. However the teachings I found to be too restrictive, and too linear - it makes the idea of group play and dog on dog socialisation seem at times to be a mainly negative aspect, when most research today actually encourages socialisation amongst dogs with other dogs. Possibly more useful for someone experiencing extreme dog-on-dog anxiety or aggression and would prefer to have a tighter grip and higher intensity relationship with their dog one on one. But for me, the teachings were too anti-social regarding the wider dog community and dog socialisation in general.

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Not your average dog training book

I always prefer to listen to the author when listening to audio. Feel like Dominic Hodgson is actually speaking to me! When I listen to dog training books it’s normally filled with theory and to be honest I find it rather boring. ‘Worry free walks’ is entertaining. It focuses on simple and actionable steps that will improve your relationship with your dog and in turn will make your dog better behaved. It deals with issues that other books don’t like how to be responsible in your dog owning community and stuff before walks and safety audits which I believe lots of owners would benefit from. This is the 3rd book I have listened to from Dominic Hodgson and I would say it’s his best!

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Explains the reason behind the importance of play

This was a great and entertaining listen. The tactics are simple but the author delves into why it's all so important as a dog owner. Tonnes of hints and tips to get even the laziest of dog owners past the barrier of unknown to give it all ago. Start small and often and the rewards will soon be seen. Great advice to any dog owners but essential to anyone new to dog ownership that wants to stay on the right path and prevent any potential pitfalls!

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Solid Foundation

A short, entertaining read with solid foundational information to getting (and keeping) your dog's attention when walking.

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great book

very enjoyable book and well delivered by the author, has definitely given me more ideas to use with my dog

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Simple to follow sound advice. Entertaining to listen to a few laugh out louds, would recommend.

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Quick and practical advice for any dog owner.

I loved this book, it was a pleasure listening to the words of wisdom whilst I was out walking my dogs. OnceI had listened to the book, I had to get a hard copy so I could reread the parts that interested me most. This quick and no B.S. approach to teaching yourself new tricks, so you can pass onto your pooch is fantastic. Can't wait to read the next book. 😁

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Doh! Why didn’t I think of this?

The advice and training techniques are so obvious and easily adopted. A great, interesting and often funny guide and teaching aid - thanks Dom!

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Refreshing guide

What a refreshing funny guide. You get all of the information without feeling like you're being talked down to.

Can't wait to try the examples given in the book.

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easy and straightforward advice

loved this book just like his previous book how to be your dogs superhero this one is easy to listen too.
the advice is explained in a simple no nonsense way that I could follow and actually do!!
highly recommend

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