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Clicker Training for Obedience: Shaping Top Performance-Positively Paperback – July 20, 2006
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In the latter part of 1998 Morgan began consulting with Canine Companions for Independence together with Bob and Marian Bailey to help CCI incorporate operant conditioning into their service dog training program.
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If I want to show him how to position himself for any behavior I just lead him with the target stick. Where the nose goes the body follows. He remembers the motion. Once he learns the que I can take the stick away. It's amazing.
For every dog I've ever worked with...clicker training has been a way of great motivation and very clear communication...hence the fact dogs catch on fast...but no book I read compares to this one. It's the closest you can get to having a very wise trainer with you showing you. He's very detailed and tries so hard to save you from making any mistakes that you will regret later. He helps prepare you for the path ahead and keep from digging any pits you'll later fall into. Having never competed in anything other than Rally and Conformation I need this!
You see...clicker training is a VERY POWERFUL, VERY EFFECTIVE, VERY FAST training method....but it's only as good as the trainer! You need knowledge! This gives you that knowledge!
I will update this review after I start trialing. I am certain I will be very successful. I've been to trials and the biggest problem I see is the dog not having what's expected of him clear in his mind to start with.
True, it's main focus is the team who wishes to compete. But I think it's great for the average pet owner as well. The training applies to the household dog, too. You and your dog won't be going for precision, but who knows? You may get bitten by the competition bug some day.
My oldest male, who earned his CD during my pre clicker training period, after much hard, frustrating work, learned "go out, sit" in 3 short, fun, easy lessons. And, he learned to love to retrieve his dumb bell, finding what others call the "forced retrieve" to be one of his favorite games. And, that is the key. Having fun while learning.
The dog who has fun learning a behavior will carry that behavior over into daily life, and, for me and my dogs, Clicker Training for Obedience is helping us achieve just that. It helped me create a training program that is fun for us all.
The presentation of each segment for training a behavior is such that a trainer new to training can follow along and achieve success.
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in having a happy, well trained dog. Not just for competition, but for daily life as well.
Second - the author uses a lot of show ring terminology. I guess I misunderstood the target audience of the book is people who want to show in obedience, even though the back of the book describes it as a text for "starting off with a new puppy or heading for the Obedience ring" it is definitely written for the show trainer.
Everything in the book is in story form - every exercise is a story about the author's experience with his own dogs in the show ring. I was looking for something that would give me more instructions, a list of things to do, in order of how to do them, and guidelines on how many times and how frequently to repeat. This book just gives you pages and pages of a lot of reasons why you should do something, with several anecdotes about how the author and other people have found it useful, then one fairly vague paragraph on how to do the exercise.
I consider myself a good novice dog trainer, my dogs always get compliments on how well behaved they are, and I want to use the clicker to teach them new things, but I find this book is not a useful tool.
Top international reviews
No es un libro de habilidades (tricks) ni el más apropiado si lo que buscas es obediencia básica (sit, down, etc.) ya que solo encontrarás de utilidad los primeros capítulos.
Pero si lo que te interesa es enseñar obediencia tu perro a nivel de competición usando únicamente refuerzo positivo este libro es el ideal.