Train Your Dog Like a Pro 1st Edition
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- Publisher : Howell Book House; 1st edition (May 1, 2010)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0470616164
- ISBN-13 : 978-0470616161
- Item Weight : 1.14 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.2 x 0.9 x 9.1 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #318,406 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jean is a real pro and she clearly lays out the steps involved in training solid obedience skills while also making it very clear that a new skill is not just "can the dog do it" but rather how accurately does the dog perform the command, how consistently, how accurately and consistently when distractions or new locations are introduced, etc.
She has a really nice progression system that helps you assess if your dog is ready for the next training step, should keep practicing on the current step, or if you need to take a step back and reinforce the previous step to solidify learning. She has a very strong understanding of dog learning mechanisms and explains why so many people fail at training dogs. The reasons are many, but primarily because the trainers expects to much too soon (aka not understanding how long it takes to train an action really well), or you are not being clear enough about what you are instructing them to do (aka inaccurate clicker timing, rewarding partial behaviors, or not being fast enough to correct the incorrect action).
I will say that she describes the process really well in the text, but the accompanying videos (which are also available from the publisher on YouTube) are extremely helpful for visualizing what she is telling you to do. Some of the interactions with her class are obviously staged, but if you can look past how silly some of these interactions are, the content is all there and the videos really helped my understand how to apply this to my dogs in real life.
She does not touch much on behavior modification - this is primarily an obedience text for dogs without "special needs".
Great book, Jean. Thank you!
Then I found this book just before starting my local obedience class. I watched the DVD first and then started exercises, and I felt instantly empowered, and my sweet dog really enjoyed our sessions, and the training achieved in just a few short weeks has been astounding. What is more, after a few live class sessions, I realize I'm actually getting more done with the book in our private sessions in my computer room at home than in a class with 10 other dogs and owners. I'm not saying that the book program should replace a live class, but if I had this book on DAY ONE, I wouldn't have been been so panicked as a dog novice.
There are some things I might have preferred to make the book perfect as a reference
1) a kindle edition (to accompany a hard traditional copy)
2) better separation of theory and practice sections - this only because the book ends up as a reference, so once the theory is read, the section on practice will be where you'll spend most of your time.
3) maybe a good schedule on the best order of behaviors to teach
All in all, this book is by far the best reference I've found for training. Thank you so much Ms. Donaldson, and thank you Amazon for making the package so incredibly affordable.
This book is extremely detailed but super easy to read and use. Jean is exceedingly knowledgeable, but she writes in an easy, friendly, often witty style. If you are a visual learner, you are in luck! This book also comes with a CD that details every technique in the book!
Whether you have a puppy, an adolescent or a grown dog, this is THE book for you if you want to do any type of training. It will not only help you train your dog, but will help build a bond of love and trust along the way that is priceless!
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Jean Donaldson gives a gradual achievable programme supported by a video where she demonstrates all the techniques with a class of different types of dogs and owners. It is not a class of little puppies. They are bigger dogs who behave a lot more like my 15 month Irish Terrier which is re-assuring.
There is clear advice and recommendations to keep the training on track. We have gone back to basics, using all the things we have learnt to date but making the behaviours accurate and reliable.
I have the kindle version which supplies a link to download the video and worksheets from the web. The video is about 2 hours long and covers all the chapters.
I am very happy with this purchase and recommend it