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013. Resources


This article is from the Training Your Dog FAQ, posted to rec.pets.dogs newsgroup. Maintained by Cindy Tittle Moore with numerous contributions by others.

013. Resources

It is, of course, beyond the scope of this article to discuss any more advanced obedience exercises in any kind of detail. However, there are many resources if you are interested in further obedience training.


There are many, _many_ books out there on training. A sample includes:

Behavior Training, Shaping

Benjamin, Carol Lea. _Mother Knows Best: The Natural Way To Train Your Dog_. Howell Book House, New York. 1985. ISBN 0-87605-666-4. $15.95 hardcover.

She uses praise, contact, play and toys to motivate puppies, but she does not recommend food training a young puppy. She does recommend crate training and she also recommends sleeping in the same room with the puppy. She provides methods to teach no, OK, good dog, bad dog, sit stay heel, come, down, stand, go, enough, over, out, cookie, speak, take it, wait and off to puppies. She talks about canine language and talks some about mental games you can play with your dog such as mirror games, and copying your dog and having him copy you, chase games and even playing rough with your puppy. Most training methods rely on the foundational relationship between an owner and his dog, and this book provides some ideas on establishing that relationship while the puppy is still young.

Brahms, Ann and Paul. _Puppy Ed._. Ballantine Books. 1981. SBN:0-345-33512-0 (paperback).

Describes how to start teaching your puppy commands. This is a thoughtful book that discusses in practical detail what you can and cannot expect to do with your puppy in training it. They stress that by expecting and improving good behavior from the start, later, more formal training goes much easier.

Pryor, Karen. _Don't Shoot The Dog_

Obedience Training

Baer, Ted. _Communicating with Your Dog_. Barron's, New York. 1989. ISBN 0-8120-4203-4 (oversized paperback).

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.

Burnham, Patricia Gail. _Playtraining Your Dog_. St. Martin's Press, 175 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10010. c1980. ISBN 0-312-61691-0 (trade paperback).

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.

Dildei, _Schutzhund Obedience: Training in Drive_.

This book actually has far more applications than simply to Schutzhund, which is a three point German Protection/Obedience/Tracking program. This book discusses extensively how to increase your dog's drive and motivation for the activity at hand.

Lewis, Janet. _Great Dogs, Brilliant Trainers_, 1997.

This book explains all about learning theory, operant conditioning (both pos. and neg. reinforcement and pos. and neg. punishment), and classical conditioning. It's not a "how to" book in the sense that she doesn't explain how to teach a specific exercise. Instead, Janet uses dog training examples to illustrate the concepts of different schedules of reinforcement, when to use them, why positive and negative reinforcement work, when classical conditioning is helpful, etc.


Front and Finish P.O. Box 333 Galesburg, IL 61402-0333 1-309-344-1333 Obedience related information.

Mailing list

There are several mailing lists for the person interested in obedience training.


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