A few years ago I bought the "teach your dog 100 English words" book. And when I switched over computers I lost the book. I sent Michele Welton a copy of my order, the receipt, the order number Etc and she wrote back and told me that after a year she can't do anything about it and that I should get a USB to backup my files as if I didn't know how to do that. Completely unhelpful and a waste of $20.
Review by Kellette Sokutu3 years ago
Mediocre website with a mix of true and false. Just don't buy anything from here.
Review by Daftlass4 years ago
They have no hesitation in making snarky comments and criticizing reward-based training, and go on and on and on and on about respect based training but after looking at half a dozen of the pages I didn't find a SINGLE example. Lots of "if you do what I teach the dog will RESPECT you" but not one example of how to get your dog to come without incentive or what an example of a consequence would be if the dog did not come. Don't hit or jerk on collar or use a choke collar... Lots of 'we don't do this, we don't do that' but absolutely nothing there gave me incentive to want to take the time to find and peruse the book at a local bookstore, much less buy it sight unseen. I'm not interested in (or dumb enough to fall for) weird secretive hard-sells from people who are so negative about other methods without actually giving any concrete examples of why they're better. No thanks. Half a dozen pages of reading full articles and I got NOTHING out of it. waste.
Review by Brantz5 years ago
Good information on hereditary health issues that can affect some dog breeds, but that's about it.
The site is really let down by the recommendation to use alternative medicine. Acupuncture and chinese herbs shouldn't be used on people, let alone dogs. Here in the UK the companies that make products like homeopathic "remedies" must prove their claims with proper evidence before they can be legally used by a vet, though many get around this by making very vague claims or making small disclosures that the products aren't actually medicine. Site implies that pharmaceutical companies shouldn't be trusted because they want to make money, but what do you think alt med companies want? Free hugs?
The site also reeks of the same anti-vaccination quackery you find regarding human medicine. I half expected to read about dog autism.
Lastly, I'm not impressed with the fact that they don't differentiate between different brands of kibble(they say it's all bad, simply not true) and push for only raw diets - potentially dangerous when not done properly. It actually made me laugh to see them using recalls as a reason not to use kibble when raw meat is just as, if not more likely to be contaminated. Compare the ingredients lists for something truly awful like Ol' Roy or Bakers Complete to a grain free 80% meat/fish food like Orijen or Applaws and you'll see what I mean when I say you can't tar all dry food with one brush as they do on this website.
Review by Tojiddin5 years ago
The site gives dangerous advice, recommending against "conventional veterinary medicine" in favour of alternative medicine. Yes, this derpy site actually recommends chiropractic, acupuncture "advanced herbal formulas" for your dog. Immediate red flag.
It also discourages owners from vaccinating their pets (because evil drugs are evil) and outright tells people to abandon trained vets in favour of magical herbs and voodoo.
Do not follow any of the bogus medical advice presented by these people.
Review by Worrall8 years ago
Fabulous website with a wealth of information. I've been training and showing dogs for nearly 3 decades and I found the breed reviews on this site to be dead-bang accurate. Same with her training and health information, makes complete sense.
As for her assesment of purebred dogs and conformation shows, even though I breed and show dogs myself, I have to admit she's right. Purebred dogs are terribly inbred and it's worse because of the policies of the AKC and breed clubs who are so paranoid about genetic purity they don't even know or care how much damage they're doing to dog's health.
You should sit on the club committees like I have, and listen to this obsession with appearance, and narrowing the gene pool by breeding the same champions over and over, and breeding unhealthy shapes like smashed faces and crooked legs or wrinkley skin. Breeders and breed clubs are doing a disservice to purebred dogs today and I applaud this author for speaking up about it. An excellent, thought provoking website.
Review by RobinMorris Psyhogios8 years ago
What a crock. The entire purpose of this site is to push the author's books. She has obvious prejudices against many things, including purebred dogs and conformation showing. Much of the information posted is very misleading or incorrect. A mixed breed is not going to be "middle of the road" in terms of temperament, it is going to have the traits of the breeds in its makeup. Many mixed breeds are crosses of similar breeds, such as terrier x terrier, retriever x retriever (the poodle is a retriever), and so on, which certainly won't result in a "middle of the road" dog. Mixed breeds are also just as likely to have health problems. Cancer, for instance, isn't breed specific. Those that breed mixed breed dogs aren't people who do all of the proper health testing before breeding (CERF, OFA, etc. - not just going to the vet for a check-up), and don't eliminate dogs with such problems from their lines/neuter the dog they leave loose/whatever.
If you want real, correct information about a breed, go to the breed's official club website(s). You will find people who have spent decades working with the breed, lots of information on health and genetics, where shows are being held so that you can go meet some, and other important things. Clubs always want to help you learn and aren't trying to sell you anything. They'll be happy if you want to own one of their breed, but they'll also be truthful and let you know if the breed isn't right for you.
Review by Ssmuel Berlan9 years ago
This site has great information about 180 pure bred dog breeds. I find their reviews very accurate and informative. Their dog breed reviews tell you what is good and bad about the breed, so you can figure out which breed is right for you. The site is very informational for those who are pure breed fans, or looking to buy a new puppy.
Review by MichaelMc9 years ago
Having recently adopted a puppy I found this site very informative and a great place to go for pet owners. I recommend this site.
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