Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Central Virginia
I have Koehler's main training book, and I read it years ago. I remember his methods of teaching a dog not to dig holes in the yard and how he recommends teaching a dog to walk on leash.
I also grimace when I hear the Monks of New Skete mentioned as a training book....
One of my favorite training books was Playtraining Your Dog--by a woman who did AKC obedience with her greyhounds.
I was fortunate in that I attended a 3-day Ian Dunbar seminar back in 1992, a month before I got my first GSD. In 1995, I went to a seminar for dog trainers that was held at SeaWorld Ohio--that was a fantastic learning experience with a lot of information about learning theory and creative thinking/training.
I prefer teaching motivationally--whether with marker training or luring or with toy or food. But I have prong collars and electric in my training kit and will use the tool best suited for the task and the dog. Shaping a behavior isn't always the right choice--some dogs hate it and find it demotivational or stressful, some purposes are antithetical (you don't want your service dog offering random behaviors out in public and you don't want your schutzhund dog guessing what might bring a faster reward on the stand stays)
Having seen it happen too many times, I most hate the "bigger hammer" approach to training--that is, just escalating the force level when something isn't working.
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