|12-01-2013 06:28 AM|
Just got it today. Looking forward to the read.
|12-01-2013 06:01 AM|
Finally finished this yesterday and yep, it was good through to the end.
I liked that the author spent a chapter or so exploring the different specialties in the field -- like water searches and gravesite searches and the outer limits of dogs' ability to alert on really old remains. Each of these could of course merit a book in its own right, but I felt like a chapter was a good length to provide a lay understanding of the specialty, its unique challenges, and some insight into how dogs could solve those problems.
The failures of attempts to outdo dogs with new technologies were interesting too, given that it's a topic that occasionally pops up on this board and so it was neat to read about some of the actual things people had tried.
|11-17-2013 05:11 PM|
I definitely am enjoying the story as I had my own journey with my first dog who developed hip dysplasia, then breaking my ankle, and dealing with my father's cancer and mother's stroke while juggling SAR and a full time job.
I guess a best book would be more of a reference guide cross linking training methods, listing some more which she did not even touch on...looking at what some of the research in Auburn, Randy Hare, DOD, and some of the other methods not really touched. I would really require working with the master trainers in these disciplines I would think.
Maybe in 8 years when I retire I would have time for such a venture - but not as the "expert". Working one dog at a time, essentially part time, cannot equal the experience of a day in day out dog handler. Too much to learn. Too many people to learn from. Though a series of vignettes from the "masters" may be interesting.
|11-17-2013 05:11 PM|
|Wild Wolf||I bought this for my kobo, looking forward to reading it!|
|11-17-2013 03:18 PM|
I don't have my copy at hand to check, but yeah, that sounds right!
If you do end up putting together a joint book project and want more help, let me know. I know nothing about search training but a fair amount about writing books.
What the Dog Knows is very much a personal journey (I can't imagine too many training manuals detour to cover the death of the author's father by cancer), but I am really enjoying it as such. It reminds me a lot of Scent of the Missing -- just a superb firsthand exploration of why someone might get into this hobby, what it's like to do on a daily level, etc. All the stuff that somebody might want to know if they're not into HRD or SAR yet, but are considering whether it could be a good fit for them and their dogs.
...man, I wish that next Rally trial were coming up sooner so I could finish it! But argh, no, I've got to hold out or I won't have anything to read for the six hours I'll need to kill between runs.
People need to write more dog books, that's the real solution here.
|11-17-2013 02:19 PM|
|jocoyn||Oh, I forgot which books - one was "the Cadaver Dog Handbook" and I would guess the other would be "Scent and the Scenting Dog"? Essential reads and the Cadaver dog book broke new ground but there has been a lot of new knowledge about training cadaver dogs since then. Kind of why I feel it is more of a personal journey and should not be taken as a handbook on cadaver dog training.|
|11-17-2013 12:36 PM|
I have no idea what's in those books -- haven't read them myself and the author doesn't go into great depth about what's in them -- so I'm just asking.
I finally started this yesterday and got about halfway through. I'm saving the other half for the next time I need to kill time during a daylong dog trial (so, uh, about two weeks from now), but it really is a good read. I'm loving all the little anecdotes about the colorful people who populate the history of cadaver work.
|11-10-2013 04:22 PM|
Oh, I sure don't have the experience to write one; I have a very limited training experience with imprinting using stuff in scent tubes, then indication drills, then search problems and experience. It would be nice to work through an anthology of different methods though! Several different approaches out there, all of which seem to work, and different ones suited to different dogs.
Yes, it truly is a fascinating read! With Cat being only about 5 hours from me, the overlap in people we have trained with makes it come alive. Our team president is listed in the credits, too. I have not met Cat personally though, but have on FB since our dogs are half-siblings from the same breeder.
|11-10-2013 09:11 AM|
|Suka||In the reviews, I see it's not an instruction book, but a fascinating read.|
|11-10-2013 07:01 AM|
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