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Expert Obedience Training for Dogs Hardcover – January 5, 1988

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Expert Obedience Training for Dogs Here is world-famous Winifred Gibson Strickland's comprehensive and authoritative manual on how to train your dog in a newly revised edition. In Expert Obedience Training for Dogs, Third Revised Edition, Strickland describes the methods that have made her competition record the greatest in dog obedience history. Complete with over 150 photographs and easy-to-follow instructions, Expert Obedience Training for Dogs covers all aspects of training and competition, from choosing a puppy to housebreaking through all the phases of formal training needed to expertly handle a dog in the American Kennel Club Obedience Trials. Strickland demonstrates how to communicate with your dog so you can train him or her successfully, and her humane approach to dog training applies to all breeds of dogs, large and small. Instructions are included for the Novice, Open, and Utility exercises, in addition to Tracking—with helpful tips to make training as rewarding as possible for both trainer and dog. A special section is included for those questions that constantly crop up during training practice. Strickland's methods are proven. Her training record is impeccable, and she has successfully trained thousands of handlers and their dogs. Whether the goal is a healthy and happy well-mannered pet or an obedience prize-winner, this complete manual is a must for trainers, handlers, and all dog-owners.

About the Author

About the Author Winifred Gibson Strickland has trained thousands of handlers and their dogs in her obedience classes, and has won an extraordinary number of awards in the field. She has earned 121 Obedience titles with dogs she has trained and shown, including a record number of First Place Awards, Highest Combined and Highest Single Scores in Show, 40 Perfect Scores, and Highest Aggregate Scores. She has also been awarded 50 Companion Dog titles, 35 Companion Dog Excellent titles, 23 Utility Dog titles, 4 Tracking titles, 1 National Victor Award, 3 Obedience Trial Champions, and 5 National Obedience Champion Awards. Since Mrs. Strickland has been showing dogs, she has been "in the ribbons" 99 percent of the time, proof of the consistently high quality of her training methods. Mrs. Strickland is also the author of Obedience Class Instruction for Dogs and, with James A. Moses, The German Shepherd Today. She has been named one of the foremost dog trainers in the world, has won over 1,500 trophies, and has received worldwide acclaim for her "excellence in training dogs."
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 302 pages
  • Publisher: *Howell Book House; 3 edition (January 5, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 002615000X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0026150002
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.9 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,712,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book outlines exactly how to train your dog, from picking a puppy, teaching her tricks that will be built upon in formal training, how to ride in a car, how to swim, and how to flawlessly train novice, open, utility, tracking, brace-work, finding lost objects and even how to train your dog to carry the groceries in.

But, this book isn't a load of useless fluff - at its core is how to train your dog to perform with precision. There are no gimmiks like ear pinches or clickers. It is training boiled down to the core of what you need. This isn't to say that there aren't any details - it is the many *important* details that allows one to train with such perfection. Strickland suggests that you read each chapter over several times before you begin training that section.

My dog and I converted from clicker training a few months ago and after a month researching and method-shopping, I stpped here, at this book. I have never looked back. My dog heels with precision, her head high and her tail waving, exited but controlled on the fast, trotting on the normal, and prancing with exitement on the slow(she can't wait for me to speed up and run around, but she never breaks). She drops on signal or command, and stays beautifully. Although we are working on fly-bys on the recall, her method of making a shute with your hands and guiding yor dog into a streight sit(no collar corrections needed, just a light tap on the rump to remind her to sit quickly)s allowing us to swiftly over come this problem. She is almost ready to compete in novice. There is an answer for everything in this book - we haven't run up against a problem that she hasn't had a solution for... I honestly suggest it to anyone getting a dog, pup or adult, pet or obedience prospect. You won't be sorry.
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By A Customer on November 20, 1998
Wynn Strickland's method is dog training for the thinking person. It logically outlines a procedure for working from the ground up, WITH your dog's natural proclivities rather than against them. A wonderful companion book to the New Skete Monks' "How to be Your Dog's Best Friend," it takes the next step toward precision training for the ring.
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I have trained a number of dogs by the Strickland method by using this book. It is easy to follow and uses a humane method. No spike collars and other gimmiks.
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This book continues to be THE unequivocal expert's choice. Despite comments that her methods are 'dated' (a remark I find says more about that reviewer than about Strickland's book) the simple fact is that dog training is a skill that has been honed for hundreds of years. These methods were found to be effective when much more was required of dogs than that they be fashionable, pampered companions. I sincerely doubt that the 'innovations' and gimmicks of recent years will be found, in the end, to be more than passing fads. You can have your clickers... what Wynn teaches is *real* obedience.

If you want solid, competent, reliable response from your dogs, then use Wynn's methods and her books. Otherwise, continue bribing and entreating and cajoling your dog with clickers and treats instead of training it. Don't worry, *eventually* they will do what you want... at least half the time.

Those who want a thorough grounding in training basics will find this a wonderful resource. It is still the most comprehensive collection of training basics out there. Dogs trained with this method will be happy, reliable workers. Isn't that what we all want?
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I have used Strickland's method for obedience training several dogs. The methods and concepts have never failed. A must for the dog owner and trainer.
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This is THE book for training and understanding your dog. It works!! The author has streamlined the training process and done away with all the ridiculous "tricks" found in other books that confuse dogs. What she presents is a tried and true training method that both dog and trainer will love.
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