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Teaching the Dog to Think: My Year of Dog Agility Training with My Collie, Willow Paperback – December 20, 2011
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Kim discusses the reward method in detail as Willow becomes a more responsive and obedient dog. She comes to understand how and why the technique works and she applies its principles to her own life. She gives her son time for a favorite hobby when he finishes homework as opposed to demanding it be done now, as many of us parents do. She applies the technique to her creative writing students by singling out good writing and having them "do more of this", in order to coax new levels of accomplishment.
The story is funny, heartwarming, and thought provoking. It winds along many surprising and pleasurable paths. It offers information we can use in our own lives to become more thoughtful people. Read the book and take a walk with Kim along the road of self-discovery, through the woods of south coastal Massachusetts, the scent of the sea in the air, with Willow running ahead but looking back for guidance on which way to turn.
It is no exaggeration to say that I changed my style of teaching my dogs! After reading this book cover to cover, I did clicker training with my young dog. First thing I did was "down." She's had a decent down, but I've always had to stoop down and lure her with a treat.
*5* minutes and she was dropping down when I asked for it.
the one thing that was kind of odd was when she was training willow for the dogwalk in agility. Her trainer had her luring Willow onto the "plank" I was wondering why bother? Just use shaping?
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Enjoyable book to read, but not as detailed as I had hoped regarding how actually to train your dog to think. Lot of 'story-telling', which, though interesting, was not helpful. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Ingeborg S. Skliros
Wish I'd read more of the reviews before purchasing this book. The first part was ok for the most part, I liked her thoughts on positive training methods, but really, jumping a... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Michele I.
Got ideas for training. Interesting but not an extraordinary book. Got as a free book, so didn't feel bad that after reading it I decided I probably wouldn't buy anything from... Read morePublished 13 months ago by G. Yorek
I loved the first half of the book-the author writes brilliantly of her transformation to positive training. It starts dragging toward the ending but I appreciate her experience.Published 15 months ago by MS
This book, although not a book on specific training techniques, talks frankly and honestly about the struggles of raising and training a dog while replacing harmful punishment... Read morePublished 15 months ago by J D
This is a great personal story. I found it very relatable. I also liked that I was able to pick up some tips for my own dog through her anecdotes.Published 17 months ago by Stephenie K Wetherbe