This book has a lot to offer and Dr. Becker is well-respected. It also has 3 other contributors, all well-qualified. I was really looking forward to reading this book and I found it disappointing for two reasons:
1. The first third or so is very repetitive as if it were written by 4 different people who didn’t consult with one another and so had no clue what came before.
2. There isn’t much usable advice about how to deal with your dog’s fears.
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From Fearful to Fear Free: A Positive Program to Free Your Dog from Anxiety, Fears, and Phobias Paperback – Illustrated, 17 April 2018
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- Paperback : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0757320791
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Dr. Marty Becker, 'America's Veterinarian,' has spent his life working to create better physical and emotional well-being for pets. This commitment led him to create and launch the Fear FreeSM initiative, an educational certification program to train veterinarians and pet professionals to ease the fear, anxiety, and stress of the pets in their care. Dr. Becker was the resident veterinarian on Good Morning America for 17 years, and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the American Humane Association. Mikkel Becker is the lead trainer for FearFreePets.com and specializes in reward-based training with a focus on helping animals (and their people) learn to calmly their fears and gain greater confidence, freedom and peace on the other side. Mikkel is a Certified Behavior Consultant Canine (CBCC-KA), a Karen Pryor Certified Training Partner (KP-CTP), a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA), a Certified Dog Behavior Counselor (CDBC), a graduate from the SFSPCA Dog Training Academy. Dr. Lisa Radosta is a board-certified veterinary behaviorist who graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine and later completed a residency in behavioral medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She has owned Florida Veterinary Behavior Service since 2007. Dr. Radosta lectures nationally and internationally and has written textbook chapters, scientific research articles, and review articles. She serves on the Fear Free™ Executive Committee and the AAHA Behavior Management Task Force. Dr. Wailiani Sung is a board-certified veterinary behaviorist with a passion for helping owners prevent or manage behavior problems in companion animals, enabling them to maintain a high quality of life. Dr. Sung owns All Creatures Behavior Counseling in Kirkland, Washington, where she focuses exclusively on treating behavior problems in dogs, cats, and birds.
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Pamela J. Peerce Landers
A Missed Opportunity3 June 2018 - Published on Amazon.com
51 people found this helpful
Good program with useful information10 October 2018 - Published on Amazon.com
I recently adopted a 5 year-old fearful dog. Although I've had dogs all my life I've never had a fearful one before. The authors of this book have developed a program to help owners, veterinarian staff and shelter employees utilize techniques designed to ease a dog's fears. The program would be most successful if everyone in the dog's life used it. (Note that it's a service marked (SM) program, so veterinarians have to actually take a course and become certified before they can use the Fear Free designation.) The book is useful and it would be wonderful if more dog professionals would take advantage of the program. But for a comprehensive book on fear based behaviors, with a wealth of information and suggestions for the owner of a fearful dog, I highly recommend "Beyond Flight or Fight" by Sunny Webber.
30 people found this helpful
Not at all what I was hoping it would be14 May 2018 - Published on Amazon.com
So disappointed with this purchase. Our new dog is terrified of everything so I was hoping for some insights and help on how to handle it. Unless your dog is afraid of thunderstorms, don’t bother getting this book. It says nothing about how to help a dog with fear issues. It tells you how to socialize a very young puppy to help avoid them but nothing on what to do if you’re past the 12 week old stage. I’m just trying to avoid medications and was hoping this book would offer something. Unfortunate it didn’t.
56 people found this helpful
Great book with easy practical tips17 April 2018 - Published on Amazon.com
I bought this book a month ago and had to buy another copy to give to my parents. It's fantastic and really speaks to what pets need to be happy and stress-free. As a veterinarian myself, knowing pets are fearful of little things hurts my heart. They don't deserve to fear the world around them. This book will open your eyes to see what they see and feel what they feel. It provides easy and straightforward smart changes to help pets feel safe and secure in your home and in society. Love it!! Makes a great gift for anyone and everyone who loves animals.
25 people found this helpful
If you have a dog fearful about anything this is a must read!21 August 2018 - Published on Amazon.com
We adopted a dog that was quite fearful. She went through some unpleasant situations in her prior home, suddenly found herself in a whole different environment due to a divorce, and no doubt had some genetic disposition to anxiety. We quickly learned that she was fearful and anxious, leading to a number of behaviors that were not good., for her or us. We have gone to the vet for medications and to trainers where we learned new training techniques. This book puts everything into perspective, especially from the dog's point of view, and explains why the recommended training techniques work. It really is a must read for anyone dealing with an anxious or fearful dog.
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