Sit Stay Fetch is one of the more popular dog training products on the internet and for good reason. The 186 page book is broken down into different sections, each one dealing with a different aspect of dog ownership. Each section is broken down into 5 or 6 subsections and a review of that particular section. The review is particularly nice as it condenses the important aspects of each section onto one page for easy reference. That’s not to say that skipping to the end of each section is the best way to utilize this book. There is a wealth of information contained in each section as well as case studies for particular doggy problems (aggression, barking, chewing, leaping on furniture, leaping on people, etc.)
The initial chapters are mainly for people considering a dog or who have recently obtained a puppy. These chapters focus on aspects such as choosing a breed, responsible ownership, canine growth stages, and choosing your vet. The third chapter is where the dog training begins. The types of training are outlined as well as some secrets to training a dog. Crate training is also discussed in this area as well. For people who already have dogs, the first three chapters don’t really provide a lot of pertinent information; however, for someone looking to get a dog, these chapters are invaluable.
The fourth chapter gives insight into how dogs use their senses and how their body language gives an insight into their feelings and attitudes. I found it interesting that you can dog’s are very expressive and their moods are often overlooked by their owners. This chapter also covers how dogs communicate with one another as well as the similarities between wolves and dogs.
Of the remaining chapters, two are devoted to dog problems, two are devoted to teaching commands, and one deals with the positives and negatives of dog whispering. The two chapters dealing with problems are two of the longest chapters in the book. The first chapter on dog problems deals with behaviors such as aggression, biting, chewing, digging, and barking. Case studies are provided with many of the issues to show why a dog may be exhibiting these problems. The second chapter on dog problems deals with allergies, fleas, chasing cars, and jumping on people. Again, relevant examples are provided with each section to further illustrate the issue at hand.
The chapters dealing with dog commands are divided into basic or starting commands and advanced commands. Some of the basic commands include “Come”, “Sit”, “Down”, “Heel”, and “Stand.” These commands are provided in an easy to follow method and can be implemented fairly quickly with some practice. What I liked is that there’s a training schedule provided to assist with training the dog. The advanced commands section covers “Catch,” “Fetch”, “Shake”, and “Rollover.” Based on my experience, some of these commands are more difficult than others to train a dog on and it’s not recommended that teaching these commands begins until the dog is over 6 months old and has mastered the basic commands from the earlier chapter.
Sit Stay Fetch is a good product that touches on a lot of overlooked aspects of owning a dog. Even some less than common problems are discussed and recommendations are given on how to address these problems. I found this book to be laid out in a logical manner with the training aspects occupying a majority of the pages, but with other areas such as body language and sense getting a good deal of coverage as well. The author also does a good job of supporting the product by providing a free newsletter that contains more tips for solving dog problems. Granted, you do not need to read every chapter in order to address a particular problem, but it is nice to see that a just about every common dog problem is addressed.
I give Sit Stay Fetch Two Paws Up!!!