by Barbara Sykes
Reviewed by Michelle Townsend
This book is a common sense approach to puppy
management. It includes topics such as how to introduce a well balanced die and how to correct
training by understanding your dog's instincts from day one.
- Creating a picture
- Natural instincts
- Early learning
- A balanced diet
- Follow my leader
- Fun and games
- What, where and when
A nice, easy to
read book. It is not like the usual puppy book you can pick up at anywhere which mainly covers
basic obedience, feeding and housetraining.
I liked the way the author has a different way than the
'normal' methods of training. For instance, the author suggests that chewing objects and toys
are only given to puppies when they are in their cages. For far this has worked with my nutty
The book also teaches you to think 'dog.'
The best bit though is the review and the end of each
Features: I felt there wasn’t enough mentioned about socialising
young puppies. Plus I don't feel it was covered older puppies (i.e. over 16 weeks) as well. As
it is mainly focused on taking over straight from pups mother,
I am not sure this would be such a good book for first time
dog owners. Nor do I think that experienced agility handlers would agree with the author's
advice as, in general, they like for their dogs to work for food or toys.
Nice all round design really with lots of collie pups. Could maybe have been more colour pics?
Value for Money:
Yes, it is. It has lots of different ways of sorting problems/training.
It will be very useful to me as I have a puppy
from birth so I can see if it works!
£9.99 + £2.00 postage (UK), £3.00 (Europe), £4.00 (rest of the world)
To receive a signed copy of this book write
direct to the author Barbara Sykes at:-
Mainline Border Collie Centre
Golcar Farm, Spring Lane, Bingley, West Yorkshire BD16 3AU.
More info http://www.bordercollies.co.uk
Also available from all good bookshops or
from the publisher:-
The Stable Block, Crowood Lane, Ramsbury, Marlborough, Wiltshire SN8 2HR
Barbara Sykes has been associated with Border Collies all her life. Her own dogs are all
working dogs and most of her line is related to Meg, with whom she gained bother National and
International trialling status. She has always had an empathy with the breed and is passionate
about maintaining the strong working instinct.
From her farm on the edge of the Yorkshire Moors, she
owns and runs Mainline Border Collie Centre where she devotes her time not only to training
sheepdogs and handlers but also in helping the companion owner to have a better understanding
of their dog. She believes that although the Border Collie is not always employed in
shepherding, owners can gain a close understanding of the breed if they learn more about the
dog's working instincts.
Barbara produces a bi-monthly magazine Freedom of Spirit
and has written one previous book with Thomas Longton for Crowood Press called Training the
Sheep Dog .
Michelle Townsend (25) lives in seaside town (and doggy heaven!)
of Exmouth, in Devon, UK with her partner Tim and their 2/12 year old son, Harry and six dogs -
one Goldie, one Goldie X, and four Border Collies, ranging in age from seven years to the
newest three months.
She currently only work my little Goldie Holly. After
four years, they are still waiting for their clear round!! She has recently begun training with
her 13 month-old red Border Collie Ziggy who is very keen to learn.
Tim is the main trainer at their club, Honiton & District
Canine Society, Michelle assists with Beginners classes.
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