Ok, so I'm about to shell out a crapload of dollars for Balabanov's DVD (one at a time to ease the pain of unclenching my tightly fists around my hard earned cash)
Are they worth it?
Also getting (finally) Sheila Booth's Purely Positive book. really looking forward to getting my hands on both (got some other things in the cart too..jeeezz, its been so long since I've treated myself to new training books).
Just wanted to make sure his book wasn't a better choice (it sure is a lot cheaper!).
Tara
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Ok, so I'm about to shell out a crapload of dollars for Balabanov's DVD (one at a time to ease ... training books). Just wanted to make sure his book wasn't a better choice (it sure is a lot cheaper!). Tara

I haven't seen the Balabanov videos, but I've heard really good things about them. I haven't seen them because I haven't unclenched my "tightly fists" yet.
I have the old Dildei/Booth book which I adore. I hear great things about her "Purely positive" book though, of course, I hate the title. Emotion: smile
I haven't seen the Balabanov videos, but I've heard really good things about them. I haven't seen them because I haven't unclenched my "tightly fists" yet.

Forgot to include the word "closed" ha ha ha!
Ok, so what of his would you recommend then. Is his book any good?
I have the old Dildei/Booth book which I adore. I hear great things about her "Purely positive" book though, of course, I hate the title. Emotion: smile

Of course. Perhaps she trying to siphon off and evolve the mindsets of a certain segment of the buying public? ;-)
Thanks for the input.
Tara
I haven't seen the Balabanov videos, but I've heard really ... seen them because I haven't unclenched my "tightly fists" yet.

Forgot to include the word "closed" ha ha ha! Ok, so what of his would you recommend then. Is his book any good?

I don't know! I haven't heard as much good about it. I think one person said it wasn't as good as the video, but that's one person.
I have the old Dildei/Booth book which I adore. I ... positive" book though, of course, I hate the title. Emotion: smile

Of course. Perhaps she trying to siphon off and evolve the mindsets of a certain segment of the buying public? ;-)

Could be. Or could be that despite the super info in the Dildei/Booth book "Schutzhund Obedience, Training in Drive" (which is a classic), Dildei himself is a pretty punitive trainer. Maybe her book was a reaction to that, separating herself from good old Gottfried.
I haven't seen the Balabanov videos, but I've heard really good things about them. I haven't seen them because I ... which I adore. I hear great things about her "Purely positive" book though, of course, I hate the title. Emotion: smile

I had her Purely Positive book. I ended up giving it to my dog club. I've found the Training in Drive Book to be just the much better book. It is one of my training bibles.
Beth
I haven't seen the Balabanov videos, but I've heard really ... positive" book though, of course, I hate the title. Emotion: smile

I had her Purely Positive book. I ended up giving it to my dog club. I've found the Training in Drive Book to be just the much better book. It is one of my training bibles.

What was it about her book that you didn't like? I was thinkging about the Training In Drive one, but I am not a big Dildei fan. What were some of the core differences that you ended up liking better in the latter?

(and yes, apparently I AM asking for a book report :-)

Tara
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I was thinkging about the Training In Drive one,

Get it. You won't be sorry! I have no interest in doing Schutzhund whatsoever, and "Schutzhund Obedience: Training in Drive" is still one of my top 5 favorite books on training and/or dog behaviour. I was fortunate enough to win a copy in an agility-trial raffle a couple of years ago (Sheila was competing, and donated autographed copies of her books). Reading the first section, I found myself saying "Yes! Yes!" out loud about every third paragraph. It's the best primer on evoking and channeling drive you could ask for.
That first section alone is worth the price of the book.
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I was thinkging about the Training In Drive one,

Get it. You won't be sorry! I have no interest in doing Schutzhund whatsoever, and "Schutzhund Obedience: Training in Drive" ... on evoking and channeling drive you could ask for. That first section alone is worth the price of the book.

Damn, that's two votes for that one. I was going to get her newer one (without Dildei), but maybe I should opt for that one instead.

I HAT E having limited funds. And I hate that the Balabanov DVD is so damned expensive that I can't buy both Booth books :-(

Tara
in message Get it. You won't be sorry! I have ... first section alone is worth the price of the book.

Damn, that's two votes for that one. I was going to get her newer one (without Dildei), but maybe I ... And I hate that the Balabanov DVD is so damned expensive that I can't buy both Booth books :-( Tara

If you can only get the one book for your tightly fists, get the Dildei/booth. You might not like Dildei, but there's pretty much nothing about corrections, etc. in it, it's all about using drive.
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