I remember watching
TV vet Dr. Katrina Warren on television and marvelling at her dog,
the late and great Toby the Wonderdog at all the amazing tricks that
he could perform. Although my current dog Ruby knows her fair share
of tricks, she still has quite a bit to go in order to reach the
level of Toby and this is where the book Wonderdogs: Tricks and
Training comes into the picture. Co-written with professional
dog trainer Kelly Gill, this book will take the reader on an
illustrative journey of over 20 fun tricks to teach their dogs.
Before jumping into
the training, the book offers a variety of useful tips from puppy
care to house-training and preventing food aggression. There's even
a fun "who's who" of the dogs used in the book that include Willow,
Jinx and Flynn which includes their nicknames, favourite hobbies and
naughtiest deeds. Add in useful information about pet health and
preventing other bad habits and this is definitely a book for the
The trick section of
the book is quite easy to follow as there is an explanation on how
to teach your dog the trick, including some great informative
pictures with Katrina Warren and her Wonderdogs, Willow, Jodie, Jinx
and Flynn. It actually goes into some detail of how to get your
canine educated. The first part of the book will take the reader and
their canine companion through the basic tricks such as sit, shake
As the book
progresses, these tricks become more difficult such as performing
high fives, dancing and even spelling words with letters. What I did
enjoy about this format is that generally all tricks evolve from the
previous tricks so with persistence, your dogs should have no
problems in mastering all 20 tricks in this book.
Best of all, you
only need spare a few minutes a day teaching your dog these tricks.
Teaching should also be done before your dog is fed which ensures
that they are more focused on the treats and more likely to succeed.
Warren and Gill recommend that you repeat these tricks around a
dozen times per day in order for your dog to memorise them. As they
say, the proof is in the pudding and after a few weeks, my dog Ruby
was putting toys away and even playing dead.
In conclusion, if you are a dog lover and want a great book that not
only teaches you how to train your dog but also gives some great
information about getting a new puppy and forming a bond for life,
than Wonderdogs: Tricks and Training is the book for you.