The Art of the Dog: A Training Guide
by Thomas Purcell

"I learned when very young to gaze into a dog’s soul."

Purcell’s book presents his own time-honored approach to understanding dog behavior and his subsequent development of practices which lead to a happy and well-disciplined dog. His theory, developed over many years of owning his own dogs as well as training canines for others, may seem unorthodox to some, but according to him, it works. In this short work, the author gives a step-by-step guide which anyone can follow. At the crux of his method is the transference of energy from the dog owner to the dog. He explains the best way to transfer this energy from a calm, dominant, human pack leader to the animal. According to Purcell, this easy-to-learn method transforms overexcited and undisciplined dogs into obedient and happy pets.

The book offers thirteen chapters which begin with an introduction, an explanation of the author’s theory, subsequent stories of case studies, and a final chapter offering advice on adopting shelter dogs. Weighing in at only 105 pages, the book is short, but it could prove to be an effective tool for one wishing to gain insight into canine behavior. Some may find Purcell’s methods unusual because of its ties to the Chinese art of Qigong. However, it is common knowledge that dogs respond to the energy exerted by their masters. Therefore, it stands to reason that if the master is adept at relaying the correct message, channeling energy from master to dog would result in the desired change in behavior. This book explains how to effectively relay the message one would wish as a dog owner in order to bring calm and happiness to both canine and human. This is an interesting work in the realm of dog behavior and one worth reading.

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