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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 12-05-2013, 03:06 PM Thread Starter
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Cool Good Book for a Beginner?

I do not have a GSD pup yet. Just doing some research now so when I'm ready, I'm ready

I've found a couple good breeders and also a place that trains PP dogs and has members that compete in Shutzhund.

I plan to have my future pup PP trained but I think the whole Shutzhund is very cool as well. I loved watching videos of dogs and handlers working together.

A question I have, is there a beginners Shutzhund book that could teach me the basics of the sport?

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post #2 of 28 (permalink) Old 12-05-2013, 07:16 PM
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Lots of good information on leerburg.com- dvds, streaming videos, articles, podcasts, many of them free
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Best course of action is find a club. Leerburg is great the DVD stuff there especially with Michael Ellis is excellent, but there is going to be certain stuff that's just best learned in person.
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The closest club to me is 2 hours away. And I think you have to pay to visit. I do want to go visit but it isn't something I could do everyday. Thats why I'd like to try and find a book lol. But I'll check that site out

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How experienced are you in marker training or dog training period?
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post #6 of 28 (permalink) Old 12-05-2013, 08:13 PM Thread Starter
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I took my Lab to training at PetSmart. But I feel with obedience, I'm fairly decent.

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Fairly decent as in you can get your dog to sit stand and down or fairly decent in minimal distraction or as in you know operant and classical conditioning techniques and could come up with a way to train any behavior you wanted if you had to?
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Forget it. I'll just give you two book recommendations separately from all that Michael Ellis stuff.

EXCEL-ERATED LEARNING - EXPLAINING HOW DOGS LEARN AND HOW BEST TO TEACH THEM - Dog Training and Behavior - Dogwise.com

http://www.amazon.com/The-Culture-Clash-Revolutionary-Understanding/dp/1888047054
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Haha well I know how to teach my dogs things that I've been taught. I'm sure I could figure out some techniques to teach my dog a certain trick/task.

Thank you for the book recommendations!

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No matter what level you're at if you haven't read those before they will be MASSIVELY useful for helping you iron out training problems. If you are doing that kind of training on your own you'll inevitably run into small questions you never even considered asking anyone before, but they will give you enough background to come up with an answer on your own if you needed to and gave it enough thought. Good luck!
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