The Complete Dog Training Manual book cover

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.

Koehler Method cover

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.