Foreword to the 4th Edition. Foreword to the 1st Edition. Chapter 1: Should You Own a Dog? Chapter 2: Choosing a Puppy. Chapter 3: Choosing a Name for Your Puppy. Chapter 4: When to Start Training Your Dog. Chapter 5: Care and Grooming. Chapter 6: Housebreaking. Chapter 7: Should a Top Obedience Dog Live in Your Home? Chapter 8: Preliminary Training. Chapter 9: Practical Tricks. Chapter 10: Dog Shows. Chapter 11: Equipment. Chapter 12: Formal Training. Chapter 13: Regulations for Obedience Trials. Chapter 14: The Novice Exercises. Chapter 15: Handling. Chapter 16: The Open Exercises. Chapter 17: Small Dogs. Chapter 18: The Utility Exercises. Chapter 19: Brace Competition. Chapter 20: Graduate Novice. Chapter 21: The Working Class. Chapter 22: Competing in Shows. Chapter 23: Tracking. Chapter 24: Advanced Tracking. Chapter 25: Traveling with Your Dog. Chapter 26: Teaching Your Dog to Be Useful. Chapter 27: Problems and Solutions. Appendix A: American Kennel Club Obedience Regulations. Appendix B: Jump Construction Diagrams.
Winifred G. Strickland has been training and competing for almost sixty years, and is one of the world's premier dog trainers. She and her dogs have won a record 207 Obedience titles the greatest competition record in canine Obedience history. Winifred Strickland has been an AKC Obedience judge for eighteen years, and is the owner of Wynthea Kennels, which has been home to twenty German Shepherd Dog breed champions. At age eighty--four, she is still actively training and competing, drawing much positive attention to her dogs and her proven, no--nonsense training method.