The Thinking Dog

The Thinking Dog

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It is such a joy to work with a dog who proactively engages in behaviors while you build a relationship that will surprise you in its depth and versatility. Clicker training has proven to be the most effective means of developing a qThinking Dog, q one who offers behaviors in anticipation of a reward rather than a dog who has been trained only to wait for his owner's commands. One of the biggest obstacles the new clicker trainer faces, however, is his or her own history of training and habits of working with a dog. But you can make the transition once you understand how dogs learn and the mechanisms of operant conditioning. Learn from author Gail Fisher's crossover experiences as well as those of the hundreds of students she has helped make the change over the past thirteen years.You will learn: * How dog training has evolved over the past 100 years, the strengths and weaknesses of various training styles, and to what extent you can intergrate your previous methods with clicker training.* The particular challenges you will face as you crossover from whatever style of training you have used in the past (compulsion, luring, etc.) to clicker training.* The detailed nuts and bolts of clicker training - from getting a behavior started, to methods of rewarding, to reducing the need to click and treat over time while still getting the results you want.* How to work with dogs trained with force or harsh methods and change them into behavior-offering dynamos.ENGAGING YOUR DOG a€œBack in the day, a€ the first training book I followed was The Koehler Method of Dog Training. I read the instructions, studied the drawings , trained my dog, and consulted the book to correct my technique or learn the next anbsp;...

Title:The Thinking Dog
Author:Gail Tamases Fisher
Publisher:Dogwise Publishing - 2009-01-01


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