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Excel-Erated Learning: Explaining in Plain English How Dogs Learn and How Best to Teach Them Paperback – February, 1996
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I was concerned about all the abbreviations I saw when browsing the book, but they are not used to such excess that you get lost/confused.
As I said, the book is thorough, so it does present the negative end of the scale -- aversives and punishment. I understand why the author had to include this information, but it is still difficult reading for those of us who consider our dogs our friends -- and who applies electric shock to their friend? I only wish she had placed the caveats of using these methods at the beginning, rather than at the end, of their respective sections.
If you are looking for more depth and science than found it dog training books or "Don't Shoot the Dog," in a book that won't bore you to tears, get a copy of Excel-erated Learning, well worth it's reasonable price.
If you are looking for a manual that explains how to train your dog to do obedience tasks in a step-by-step style, this isn't it. Pam actually writes in her forward that while she hopes the book is accessible to everyone, it is primarily written for those who teach dogs. It is about how dogs learn and the why behind it, covering all the different training techniques and how learning occurs through those techniques. For the average reader, it can get a little heavy going with the jargon and theory at times, but I think Pam uses good illustrative examples at the right moments to help you through. Don't be too put off, you will definitely take a lot away from this book.
This book was good reinforcement of the concepts I have learnt in my dog training & behaviour course (the book was recommended by the facilitator). If you already have the qualifications, it's probably too basic for you. If you are starting out or lack the "science behind it all", it will be a good one to read and refer back to.
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Excellent, comprehensive book for anyone really interested in what goes on in and animal's and how dogs, in particular, learn. Will make you re-think how you train your dog. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Liana Zverina
this is a great book that is well written. Explanations for everything including foot notes. Highly recommend.Published 1 month ago by Tony S.
A good book of basic behavioral information. I recommend for anyone interested in training dogs.Published 8 months ago by Amazon shopper
100% the most useful book on learning theory in dog training. I read it just before taking the CPDT test. It is invaluablePublished 10 months ago by Jan Barnett Canfield