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Crafty Cats

Cat Crafts
Hendry
2002

Did someone say “cats”?

This wasn’t too bad or too great either.The book is marketed to youth, but I think some of these projects require too much stuff and/or too much skill. When I was in youth land, there would be that craft that was supposedly for the kids, but the parents ended up doing the whole thing. So as a library program idea, it’s not going to get anyone particularly excited but I also have seen the right librarian doctoring up a okay craft into something spectacular.

Quick aside: As a person who has done both adult and youth librarianship, the level of skill, creativity, and the ability the youth librarians out there bring to the table is impressive. Adult services is easy, comparatively speaking. Kids always ask questions that constantly stump me. My colleagues at all the libraries where I have worked are amazing and so creative. The business nerd in me also thinks these are the people to develop into library management. Anyway, back to our regular show…

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Who’s a good boy?

The Complete Dog Training Manual
Sessions
1977

This poor book looks like it has barely survived its 40 plus years. Pages were yellowed and falling out of the book. There was also a crunchy feel to the binding. Pick it up and dried glue crumbs are everywhere. This should have been weeded on condition probably in the 1990s.

One of my gripes of animal training books of the 70s and 80s is the lack of really stylish photography. Dogs and cats are cute and can bring up take a so-so book up a notch or two. Even with the black and white photography, I think there could have been better photos. Example: the woman pulling the leash on the dog. At first look, I thought she was poking the pup with a stick. Without that caption, I wouldn’t have understood the photo. Regardless, as dog training books go, this doesn’t look too bad. The author never updated this manual but he did have a more specific training book for watchdogs and a medical manual for dogs.

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The Koehler Method

The Koehler Method of Dog Training
Koehler
1962

Submitter: I am sure the guy was probably a top-notch dog trainer, but some of this seems a bit harsh to me. Especially if you’re just getting a puppy, stopping by the library and picking up a training manual… The book even starts with an affidavit, that is referenced many times throughout the book: “Read the affidavit again!” He especially emphasizes this when recommending electrocution, taping your own mouth shut, or “pussyfooting around points of contention”. I have never owned a dog, but this guy sure makes it look like military training.

Holly: There is definitely some controversy surrounding this method. The book is from 1962, so either way it is old enough to be seriously considered for weeding. Also, it looks like a super boring book on dog training! Aren’t there any pictures of cute puppies anywhere in this thing? Even the cover photos have miserable-looking dogs. It isn’t the most inspiring manual, for sure.

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Cats That Do What You Want

How to get your cat to do what you want
Eckstein and Eckstein
1991

As a servant to 2 cats, this title just makes me laugh. Of course the subtitle should be “as long as it is what the cat wants”. I get such a kick out of these books. They sound optimistic and sell us on the idea that training cats is easy. Truly, I know cats can be trained to a certain extent.  If you dedicated every waking hour to cat training, you might have something. I remember my Psych 101 class. Although, I would like to point out that there was no mention of Pavlov’s cat.

There really isn’t anything “wrong” with this book, other than it is dated. Books about cats are always popular.  If it is still circulating, by all means keep it.

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Cat training for the kids

Catnip
Selecting and Training Your Cat
Unkelbach
1970

This title came out of a juvenile collection. I would weed this in a heartbeat as the book is probably too old to have reliable information. That said, it has been my professional experience that book on kittens and puppies need great pictures of kittens and puppies. I’m going to go further and say that no book about kittens should be published without an acceptable ratio of text to pictures of kittens. This book doesn’t come anywhere near acceptable. Heck, even the illustrations aren’t that special, although shout out for the last illustration showing a cat on a leash. I’m not sure getting a photo of a cat on a leash is even possible.

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Cat Tricks!

Tricks Your Cat Can Do
Langley
1985

We haven’t posted a cat book in a while, so I stumbled on this while browsing the catalog. This book is still in circulation and of course puts forth the idea of training cats to do tricks. This books belongs in that category of “unattainable knowledge” that contain diet books, many parenting books, how to hold an interesting meeting, several Martha Stewart craft books, happiness at work, etc.