I just read Team Dog by Mike Ritland.
Mike, a former Navy Seal, trains and breeds protection dogs for, among others, the military. His other book, Trident Warrior Dogs, is pretty interesting on the MWD. He also started the Warrior Dog Foundation to help with support and placement of retiring military dogs.
Anyhow, the book Team Dog, is not so much a specific training book as a orientation to a way of training based on Navy Seal principles including "command and control", "situational awareness" , team trust, etc.
I like his simple explanation or operant conditioning. He claims most of his training is 85% positive reinforcement or neutral. He doesn't go into much about positive punishment or corrections however. Overall I like his constant reminder of the trust bond that must exist. He pours on the "Navy SEAL way" stuff but that is okay by me. I like the link to the SEAL principles and if it speaks to some of the more reserveor disconnected guys out there, awesome.
I am starting to bristle at some of the clueless questions on this board. How un-nerving that people get GSDs or other protection type shepherds and have no idea what they have just done. They just expect RinTinTin to develop naturally despite their lack of engagement. I'm sorry, I do try to be compassionate but wow, sometimes that is tested by people who have no clue about their side of the commitment in the relationship. I'm thinking about recommending this book to people on a regular basis just to get them oriented to the idea that this is a "team". COMMITMENT is a priority and that is on the human side. That is first. Do you have it or not and how will you prove it?
Anyway, those are my morning thoughts. Think I will go take my dogs on their daily 45 minute walk with little bits of training interspersed here and there. Then feed them their good food and if needed talk to my awesome trainer (4th one ended up being golden) and do whatever I need to do to invest in these relationships. They are totally worth the investment.
Here is a link to another review of the book: http://www.mensjournal.com/adventure...r-day-20141111