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To change your dog’s behaviour, first you must change yours. A mindful approach to training your dog from Australia’s leading dog behaviourist.

Training your dog starts with you.

In this friendly and comprehensive guide, expert dog behaviourist Laura Vissaritis teaches you how to better understand your dog’s behaviour and, more importantly, how to change it.

Your bond with your dog is incredibly powerful and rewarding, but it is also an instructive relationship. Your dog’s behaviour is directly affected and influenced by your own. Based on successful principles of dog-training and psychology, Laura demonstrates how implementing small changes in behaviour can have a big impact on both you and your canine companion.

Packed full of real life case studies, exercises and practical advice, this book will inspire you to take a closer look at your own life to improve your relationship with your dog for good.

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  • Paperback


    May 29, 2017

    Michael Joseph

    272 pages

    RRP $29.99

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  • EBook


    May 29, 2017

    Penguin eBooks

    280 pages

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The cornerstone of my approach to dog training is that dog training is not about dogs: it’s about people. Our dogs are a reflection of us. Every day, we make simple but critical mistakes that not only have consequences on our dogs’ well­being but on our wellbeing too.

When it comes to self-improvement however, dogs can be our best teachers. They can challenge and motivate us to be our best. The purpose of this book is to show you how to be a happier and healthier person, all through understanding the world from your dog’s perspective.

My first experience training dogs came when I was just a toddler. My mother always encouraged my gentle soul and determined mind, which were two things dogs seemed to love about me. I was lucky to have been taught the impor­tance of respect and kindness at a young age, but within me there has always been an instinct for understanding animals.

In some ways then I have been training animals for thirty years. But the thing about learning is that it is never one directional. I have learnt just as much, if not more, from the dogs I have taught than they have from me. This is a lifelong journey, and while we can never know everything, we can continue to explore and discover. This is when we are at our best.

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