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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.