"Control Unleashed® combines inspiration and practical advice in equal measure, and is, without question, one of the best new books on training to come along in recent years. Be forewarned... you'll have a hard time finishing it, because you’re going to keep putting it down to try out some of her suggestions on your own dogs."
—Patricia McConnell, Ph.D., Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist, Author of For the Love of a Dog and The Other End of the Leash
"A rare combination of creative, compassionate, scientifically sound training advice and clear writing. This book will provide a wealth of ideas for anyone aspiring to take dog training to a more advanced level."
—Kathy Sdao, M.A., Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist (associate) and owner of Bright Spot Dog Training in Tacoma, Washington
"Control Unleashed® is a bible for agility clubs trying to keep classes safe while making sure that problematic dogs are not left out of the fun. As well, it's a gold mine of training and behavior modification advice for any owner, trainer, or behavior counselor who works with dogs with focus and arousal problems."
—Sue Sternberg, Founder/Director of Rondout Valley Animals for Adoption, expert in dog aggression, and innovator in the field of shelter dog welfare
"My library is piled high with dog books, and this is my all-time favorite. I've never found another book that does as good a job as McDevitt does in helping handlers understand and successfully train highly distractable dogs... Finally I feel like I have found the trainer who understands not only my dogs, but also me and my students!"
—Jenny Ruth Yasi, Dog trainer
"Leslie McDevitt owns a magic wand. She has used her wand to create a book that has the reader laughing, crying, and learning. She describes training techniques that work like magic and are life-altering for both dog and trainer. Having read nearly every dog training book written, this book stands out as a classic. If you are dog trainer, behavior counselor, or dog sport enthusiast, this book contains wisdom that every dog person must read. Once you have digested the book, you will understand that Leslie isn't a magician after all; her genius is in listening and speaking for our dogs. She has truly understood what dogs are trying to communicate and has created a gift, in the form of a book. It seems that this book will be cherished for decades and the love and success it will provide to dogs and trainers already is and will be immeasurable. I urge everyone even remotely related to dog training or dog sports to read this book."
—Angelica Steinker, author of Agility Success and Click to Play Agility
"The must-read book of 2007"--Ahimsa Dog Training, Best of Seattle
"It's rare that a new book creates the kind of widespread positive stir in dog training circles that Leslie McDevitt's first book has. The stir is well-deserved....The author skillfully weaves the science of behavior and learning into her book in everyday language that's as readable and accessible to loving pet caretakers as it is to serious dog hobbyists and professional trainers."
from a review in Bark Magazine by Pat Miller, director of Peaceable Paws, author of "The Power of Positive Dog Training" and "Positive Perspectives."