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20 Training and Training Methods


This article is from the Publications about dogs FAQ, by Cindy Tittle Moore with numerous contributions by others.

20 Training and Training Methods

These books are suggested for the person interested in more extensive
training beyond basic good behavior. If you're interested in a
specific activity, you may also find more relevant books in the Sports
or Working Dogs sections.

Baer, Ted. _Communicating with Your Dog_. Barrons Educational Series,
Heavily illustrated with color photos. A sensible approach to
laying a good foundation for extensive obedience training (even
if you don't take the dog any further than what's outlined in
here). Simple instructions for teaching a 20-word language,
with emphasis on understanding and building on previous work.

Bauman, Diane L. _Beyond Basic Dog Training_. New, updated edition.
Howell Book House (Maxwell Maxmillan International), New York.
1991. ISBN: 0-87605-410-6.
Emphasis is on training a "thinking" dog rather than a
pattern-trained dog. Extensive manual on obedience training.
Communication and understanding are discussed. A well known and
often recommended book.

Haggerty, Arthur and Carol Lea Benjamin. _Dog Tricks: New Tricks for
Old Dogs, Old Tricks for New Dogs and Ageless Tricks that Give
Wise Men Paws_. Black Dog & Leventhal, 1996.
This book has more tricks in it than you will even dream of
teaching your dog with suggestions for the method. In the back
they have a listing by breed of tricks that are especially
suitable or unsuitable for that breed.

Benjamin, Carol Lea. _Dog Training in 10 Minutes_. Howell Book House,
Basic dog training in minutes of work per day. Covers how to
understand your dog, and includes humane ways of training your

Burnham, Patricia Gail. _Playtraining Your Dog_. St Martin's Press,
An excellent book that describes how to use play to motivate
your dog through obedience training. She focuses on how to
teach each exercise in the AKC Novice, Open, and Utility
classes. Her philosophy, though, lends itself to any type of
training. Well written and informative. For you greyhound
lovers, all her dogs and inside photos are of greyhounds.

Colflesh, Linda. _Making Friends: Training your Dog Positively_ Howell
Book House, 1990.
A readable book that applies to all aspects of everyday
training and building a good relationship with your dog. Her
method maximizes using your dog's intelligence and your good
relationship with your pet and minimizes the use of force. It
takes things all the way from housebreaking the new dog through
the basic obedience exercises and includes chapters on
aggression and moving on to off-leas work with your dog.

Donaldson, Jean. _Culture Clash_.

Handler, Barbara. _Positively Obedient: Good Manners for the Family
Dog_. Alpine Pub., 1987.
This follows _How to Raise a Puppy You Can Live With_ very
nicely. This is a book a novice owner can read, follow and
succeed in getting results.

Koehler, William. _The Koehler Method of Dog Training_. Howell Book
House, 1996 (new edition)
Originally published in 1962, Koehler's methods are considered
unusually harsh and counterproductive by many modern trainers.
On the other hand, his methods do have a history of success,
especially with breeds considered less trainable. This book is
largely of historical interest, especially for the serious and
experienced trainer. This book is definitely not recmmended for
the novice dog owner.

Lewis, Janet. _Smart Trainers, Brilliant Dogs_.

Milani, Myrna M., DVM. _The Invisible Leash: A Better Way to
Communicate With Your Dog_. New American Library, 1990.

Olson, Bjorn. _Training Your Dog Step by Step_.

Pryor, Karen. _Don't Shoot the Dog: The New Art of Teaching and
Training_. Bantam, New York. 1996.
Karen Pryor presents different behavior modification techniques
for dealing with several example situations (i.e. "Dog barks
all night", "Roommate leaves dirty laundry all over apartment,"
"Bus driver is rude," etc.) This would NOT be a good book for
someone who wanted to teach their dog to sit and come, but it
discusses how the trainer's actions "shape" the trainee's
responses. Definitely a must-read for people who are interested
in "inducive" training, and should be thought-provoking for any
trainer who is thinking about training on a higher level than
"When the dog does this, give him a good collar
correction"--but experienced dog trainers will find a lot to
quibble about in what she says.

Reid, Pamela. _Excel-Erated Learning_.

Rogerson, John. _Your Dog, its Development, Behaviour and Training_.
David & Charles, 1988.

Tucker, Michael. _Dog Training Step by Step: A New Guide for Owners
and Instructors_. Howell Book House, 1991.
Tucker is an ex GDB instructor and his books are easy to read
and follow. His others are _Dog Training Made Easy_, _Solving
Your Dog Problems_.

Volhard, Joachim, Gail Tamases Fisher. _Training Your Dog: The Step By
Step Manual_. Howell Book House, 1983.

Weston, David. _Dog Training: The Gentle Modern Method_. Howell Book
House, 1992.


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