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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-12-2017, 09:59 AM Thread Starter
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Best Educational books on Training Theory

Good Morning all,

This thread is not seeking a "best book on training XXX or XXX breed."

I am 32 years old, so hopefully there are quite a few more GSD's in my lifetime. I would like to start developing a more intimate knowledge of training theory and understanding. Being more educated between the different theories can only help my understanding on how to properly communicate with my current, and future dogs.

With that preface, are there any books a seasoned owner would recommend that were real eye openers for them? I have browsed a few of the threads using the search function, and have ordered "Don't Shoot the Dog." But most of the threads have specific; "How do I do X' How Do I correct X; Are there GSD training books" when searching. I would like to start more with the basic fundamentals.

I also understand that there are manyyyyyyyy theories out there and even this question might be a broad stroke question. So, any books someone would recommend that were really helpful, well written, really shifted their personal understanding of behavior.
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I liked the Dog Vinci Code, and am currently reading a very good book Purely Positive Training by Sheila Booth. While I am not purely positive Sheila Booths book is really good.
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I really like "The Power of Positive Dog Training" by Pat Miller. It's a very simple, straight-forward introduction and explanation of marker training/operant conditioning theory.
I just picked up Mike Ritland's "Team Dog" and so far enjoying it very much.
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"Excel-Erated Learning: Explaining in Plain English How Dogs Learn and How Best to Teach Them" (Reid)


"The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs" (McConnell)

The Reid book explains training/learning theory really well. The McConnell book drives home the point that human/primate communication is fundamentally different from canine communication and what can be done to bridge the differences.

Those are both books that you could read cover to cover, pick it up a year later and read it again, and absorb more info. Highly recommend.
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