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Schutzhund Top Working Dogs, Training Manual Paperback – January 1, 2012
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VARIOUS READER COMMENTS: Your book is gravitas and a must for every dog trainer. Robert Penn, Omaha, NE ***** You have a great style, easily understandable. Michelle Demers, NH ***** Your background in Schutzhund is impeccable. Cathy Jordan, Sandpoint, ID ***** This is a GREAT book! Katy Yoder, Redding, CA ***** This is very possibly one of the best investments I made in my whole life. Not only is the content brilliant, but it is also clearly laid out in terms and concept that a layman can understand. Kenneth Wilson, Deerfield, WI ***** I am glad to see that your book is still in print. I am looking forward to this latest edition. Elli Matlin, NY ***** Thank you so very much for writing Top Working Dogs . It is exactly the type of book I was looking for. I read it cover to cover and used it all the time. Then I loaned it to a friend and never got it back. Please send me another one. Barbara Williams, Bell, FL ***** I consider your Top Working Dogs my bible of training. I copied a few pages, then lent it to a friend. For four years now I am trying to get it back - no luck. Please send me another copy. Chris King, Polk, PA ***** I have finally found QUALITY information on the proper training of Schutzhund in your book. Todd Stephenson, Conway, SC ***** Top Working Dogs offers a very concise view of tracking, obedience, protection training. It has to be one of the finest books on Schutzhund training. I gave my copy to the President and Training Director of our club, and now I need a copy !! William Hope, York, PA ***** Top Working Dogs is my favorite Schutzhund book - so detailed and interesting, especially about temperament ! Linda Nicolosi, Thousand Oaks, CA ***** I have been enjoying your book TWD. It s proving to be very helpful training my German Shepherd. Bruce Toverner, Reserve, NM ***** Your book is great and a lot of help. I ve read it myself but would like our other club members read it too - it s a great reference. I hope you write some more ! Conejo Valley Schutzhund Club ***** I was most impressed, your book is great and a lot of help. Brad Kinney, Pueblo, CO ***** I watched TV (BBC, Vancouver) last night about dogs. A panel of experts and trainers discussed things, real proof of what you said in your book. I thought you might like a little feedback. Owen D. Walls, Tacoma, WA ***** Terrific Book ! I have read many different books on working dog training, but I must say yours is definitely the best. Excellent info. Allen Mundorff, Hanover, PA ***** I am very pleased and thoroughly delighted with your book. I have learned a lot from your comments, knowledge and insight. I believe you to be a very wise and remarkable person. Randy Aragon, Hampton, VA ***** I have owned this book since shortly after it was published, except for the short period of time when a local police dog-man "borrowed" it. I ended up repurchasing it. This book is solid and sound in content, and has information that will appeal to beginners and experts alike in the fields of tracking, obedience and man-work. I review it as a resource book whenever I need a fresh training idea for a dog or a group of trainers. I no longer loan it - I recommend you buy your own. Marion Postgate, dog show and obedience trial judge (Canada). ***** --various, sources in text
firstname.lastname@example.org: I 've raised and trained German Shepherds for the past 25 years, and am really impressed with the book TOP WORKING DOGS: A TRAINING MANUAL. I highly recommend it to anyone who plans on training a puppy or dog in tracking, obedience or protection work. Whether you're a person who just plans to train a pup basic manners and obedience for around the house, or if you're a top trainer, - I suggest you read this book! It covers all the phases of training and explains how to start puppies at a young age. The book is very easy to understand. -G.Brendel/German SV --G.Brendel,German SV National Train.Director
This book is definitely my favorite and the one I go back to the most. It is very engaging and easy to read. I also happen to own "Advanced Schutzhund" by Balabanov, and I have no desire to open it again after i finished reading it over 10 months ago. --Botanica 73
"Great Content" The book … is packed with a wealth of information. It is not a book that will be read once and put on the shelf, I fully expect to come back to it over and over again. I would hesitate to lend it to people, because I might never see it again. It is that good of a book, and such a gold mine that will likely be around for a long time. --Botanica 73
About the Author
Dietmar Schellenberg is one of those few individuals who through a life-long love for, and association with, domestic animals have come to really understand and truly communicate with pets, and dogs in particular. He gathered a wealth of knowledge and experience in canine matters, from various breed and training clubs as well as such prestigious institutions as the German Police Dog Academy and the German Railroad Police Dog School, and through his many associations with cynological authorities. He personally trained and supervised the training of more than twelve thousand dog/handler teams. He is an acclaimed Animal Behavior Specialist, and he designed, built and operated dog training and boarding facilities in New York, Georgia and Alabama. With more than 60 years of experience in the field, he is well known as an internationally licensed Police Dog / Schutzhund Judge, author of the predominant, world-wide recognized training manual for working dogs, editor of a dog training magazine, writer, lecturer, consultant, Canine Specialist for the Technical Advisory Service for Attorneys (US/CANADA), President of Working Dogs of America, Inc., Founding Member and Officer of the North American Schutzhund Association, Inc., and Honorary Member of many Schutzhund Clubs. He has appeared on a variety of radio and TV shows. Dr. Schellenberg is a native German. An academic teacher and scientist by training, he holds two Pd.D.'s (Nature Science, and Psychology/Education) and several patents in chemistry. Other books published by him are >Humorous Magnificus< , >Survival Guide for Pet Owners< , >Taurus, Mostly< , and >Ballroom Dancing< .
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The book is laid out in two column format, with no spacing whatsoever between the paragraphs. Some paragraphs have indentations, some do not, the font and headings vary throughout the book. After p. 126 the format changes to the usual book format for about 10 pages and then it goes back to the two columns. It feels as if the publisher was trying desperately to save money and paper.
It is packed with wealth of information and maybe there are people there who won't be bothered by the layout, but for me it was a MAJOR hurdle. It took about 3-4 readings of the book to get over it. That said, this is the kind of book that I would hesitate to lend, because I might never see it again.
Update: I've been reading this book for a while now. It is definitely my favorite and the one I go back to the most. The author goes over everything one needs to know, even from a beginner's standpoint, starting with training and learing theory. He clearly spells out the "how-to" in each discipline, for example in the tracking section, he goes over weather conditions, exactly what needs to happen, how to lay down the track, what to take into consideration and so on. He outlines the issues that may arise when training your dog with practical suggestions on how to remedy the situation. On top of that, there are sections devoted on imprinting/starting to train your puppy in each discipline, which is very relevant to me right now and following that there are sections on beginner level training and advanced training. Once you get past the format, it is actually very engaging and easy to read. I also happen to own "Advanced Schutzhund" and I've had no desire to open it again after I finished reading it over 10 months ago.
It is so good to get a book from a pro, someone who's been there, done that, got the T shirt at the very highest level.
I found this book to be extremely informative, even for someone with no experience in Schutzhund. Like some of the other reviewers stated, there are few pictures and no photographs. There is no fluff. Everything presented is useful.
The author provides valid insight into dog psychology as it relates to training. There is no "dog whisperer" nonsense here, just straight forward training.
The book is very comprehensive and I frequently refer to it not only ahead of training sessions, but during them.