Dogs: Special Training – 1

The “Positive Training and Behavior” section was the largest part of the old book shop interface, and the majority of the books on those topics are about dogs. Therefore, I am dividing that section here, into books on general training, special training issues, and behavior for dogs. Then, there will be a section for cats, and a section for other animals.
Note that I do not promote punishment-based training, or “dominance theory” training in dogs (or any animal). Positive reinforcement training has been proven by all experts on animal welfare as the best way to develop a close relationship with our animals, as well as guiding them to appropriate and desired behavior.

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In Before and After Getting Your Puppy Dr. Ian Dunbar combines his two popular puppy-training manuals into one indexed value-priced hardcover edition. In clear steps, with helpful photos and easy-to-follow training deadlines, he presents a structured yet playful and humorous plan for raising a wonderful dog. Note: both of these books are available as free downloads at the bottom of this article.
Really Reliable Recall, DVD by Leslie Nelson. Offers easy-to-follow steps to teach your dog to come when called. This DVD teaches dog owners and trainers surefire ways to train a dog to come in a any situation, removing the fear of your dog running into the street and traffic. Includes tips on building a trusting relationship with your dog, how to apply the principles of positive dog training, and techniques to reinforce what you’ve taught. –Dog Fancy Magazine
The Cautious Canine by Patricia McConnell: Many fear-based problems can be overcome by learning how to apply desensitization and counter conditioning. Whether fear of strangers, vacuums or objects, by identifying triggers and creating a step-by-step plan you will improve the quality of your dog’s life-and yours.
Feisty Fido by Patricia McConnell: A dog who barks and lunges at other dogs when out for a walk is embarrassing and potentially dangerous. Using these pet-friendly, positive reinforcement techniques you ll soon be able to relax and enjoy your walks.
I’ll Be Home Soon by Patricia McConnell: Figure out if your dog suffers from genuine separation anxiety or just bad manners. Then learn how to keep her happy and your home safe while our are gone. Better yet, learn to prevent problems in the first place!
Way to Go! by Karen B London: Housetraining mishaps are among the most irritating dog problems ever! Whether you are starting off with a new puppy or rehabilitating an adult dog, the instructions in this booklet will help you fix the problem once and for all.
Clicker Training For Obedience by Morgan Spector: Shaping top performance positively! In this breakthrough book, Morgan Spector shows you how and why to use clicker training, the technology of operant conditioning and positive reinforcement, to train you dog. Whether you’re starting off with a new puppy or headed for the Obedience ring, these step-by-step instructions will work for you.