Training the Best Dog Ever

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  • Best Positive Dog Training Book – the first-ever Canine Life and Social Skills (C.L.A.S.S.) Award, Association of Pet Dog Trainers
  • Best Training and Behavior Book, Dog Writers Association of America
  • Editor’s Pick, The Bark Magazine

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Step by step, Training the Best Dog Ever takes you through the fundamentals of what a dog new to the family needs to know to:

  • Feel comfortable and safe in the crate
  • Be potty-trained, with a minimum of accidents after just a few weeks
  • Develop a “soft mouth” through the proper hand-feeding protocol
  • Walk without pulling—teaching you the “Be a Tree” habit
  • Learn verbal cues and basic commands, like sit and stay.

Our award-winning, 5-week dog training program is an intuitive, positive system. It will be a revelation to anyone who’s heard that dogs respond only to physical intimidation or other forms of aggressive alpha-dog behavior. Yes, you need to be the master, and your dog needs to know that. But this state-of-the-art positive dog training system gets you there in a much more humane and effective way.

Build on the bonds that you create in basic training with our program’s more advanced goals. Solve common behavioral problems, including house-soiling, chewing, digging, jumping, and ankle-biting. Make your dog more comfortable in the world, from curing noise phobias to learning dog park etiquette and dealing with strangers. Train your dog to perform tricks—Rollover, catch a Frisbee, High Five. You’re well on your way to a lifetime of loving, joyful companionship.

Dog training logs

These dog training logs will guide you with your dog’s training progress and everyday care. They’re from our award-winning book, TRAINING THE BEST DOG EVER, and its proven five-week dog training program by Dawn Sylvia-Stasiewicz and Larry Kay. Thank you for making a difference for your dog with good care and training. Here’s wishing you a lifetime of joyful bonding with your well-trained dog.


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“If this wonderful book were universally used, every dog would live up to its potential. Love, respect, and rewards work even better with dogs than they do with people….Buy this book. Use it. Be happy.” —Dean Koontz, author of A Big Little Life

“I love this book! I get every training book that’s out there. This is better than good, it’s the best one I’ve seen in a very long time.” —Steve Dale, Tribune Media Services

“An easy-to-follow program for both puppies and adult dogs. No wonder the First Family chose Dawn to train their dog!” —Dr. Ian Dunbar, Founder of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers

“Senator Kennedy and I saw firsthand just how powerful Dawn’s methods are: Our dogs are spirited, yet reliable; loving and loved.” —Victoria Reggie Kennedy

“Safe and humane… A sturdy foundation for a happy, well-adjusted dog.” —Dr. E. Kathryn Meyer, VMD, Past President, American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior

“A comprehensive, easy-to-follow guide to the power of positive reinforcement training.” —Claudia Kawczynska, Editor-in-chief, The Bark

“This is the perfect program for families seeking extensive, detailed, and positive training advice.” —Lt. Joel Walton, Certified Pet Dog Trainer and author of Positive Puppy Training Works