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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 Trackingwith 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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I love this book. A classic that will probably never go out of print. What a joy to read and apply! It has an honored spot on my reference shelf and is one of the most valuable books I have ever purchased on the subject! It is easily worth ten times the price.
Example: This book advocates pinning scent articles to the ground to train discrimination exercise. That might work for some dogs, but for others, what it really teaches them is to knock the articles around with their feet until they find the one that is loose. Which will never happen in a ring. This idea might work for some dogs, but for brilliant dogs, it does not work at all because you train in a behavior (swatting the articles with their paws) that is self-rewarding and so, is exceptionally difficult to extinguish.
if you are looking for competition obedience teaching, you are far better off using an online class that uses positive methods like shaping and clicker.... IMO, it is hard to pick up good technique from a book but with video, you can see how to do it instead of guessing. There are much worse options than this book, but that doesn't make it a good or contemporary resource. If you insist on a book, "Competition Obedience: A Balancing Act" is much better but it is also out of date,
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?
OTCh, UDX4, OM6
3 time NOC invitee
Wynn Strickland trained and showed obedience dogs at the top level and primarily was of the same thinking.
She was practical understandable and her methods are easy to implement. I loved her book.