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Purely Positive Training

I had a neighbor suggest this book: Purely Positive Training by Sheila Booth. He swore by the book as the only thing he referred to when training his last 3 GSD's. Does anyone else have any opinions on it?
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I wonder if his GSDs were the intense working lines? Purely Positive is not a good description as there is always something negative for a dog, no matter how you train. I guess it means training without physical corrections. Probably meaning 'Operant Conditioning'.
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I saw that book was recommended on here, I believe by Steve? cant remember, so I ordered it and her other book Schutzhund Obedience Training in Drive. It is supposed to be delivered Friday, I cant wait to read them!

Anyways... I love reading books so I figure I would give it a go since my working lone girl is a bit softer in temperament.

I also have Dog Sports Skills books 1-3 by Denise Fenzi, I still need to order book 4. Not exactly a training book but lots of good info in them.

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I saw that book was recommended on here, I believe by Steve? cant remember, so I ordered it and her other book Schutzhund Obedience Training in Drive. It is supposed to be delivered Friday, I cant wait to read them!
I do believe that Steve puts a prong collar on his puppies at a very early age.

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There is no such thing as purely positive, since the act of with holding a reward is punishment. Plus one would have to restrain themselves from EVER saying no.
Consider also that no treat or praise will ever outweigh the pure joy of chasing a bunny for some dogs.
To my mind the only training that truly creates a well behaved, well rounded dog who WILL work to please you is balanced.
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So you can take valuable information from all sources. 99% of my puppy foundation is positive reward and games. Clicker training, shaping, luring. Read the book. Take what you find valuable. All training does not work for all dogs.




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That is actually a good book and worth reading.

I tend to use all four quadrants of operant conditioning, but there is at least one very successful IPO person who uses only two quadrants (no physical corrections) and many AKC obedience people.

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All training does not work for all dogs.
Isn't that the truth. My last GSD was the opposite of the one I had before her. She made me want to rip my hair out sometimes but when I found what worked for her, we just clicked and it was so rewarding.
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I also have Dog Sports Skills books 1-3 by Denise Fenzi, I still need to order book 4. Not exactly a training book but lots of good info in them.
I have them too, although I haven't gotten around to reading them yet. There's a picture of Halo in one of them, I think it's #3. She's running for her tug at a flyball tournament looking all Jaws, lol. Unfortunately, she's mistakenly referred to as "he" instead of "she".

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That is actually a good book and worth reading.
I agree. I read it some time ago but remember that it was very good.

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I wonder if his GSDs were the intense working lines? Purely Positive is not a good description as there is always something negative for a dog, no matter how you train. I guess it means training without physical corrections. Probably meaning 'Operant Conditioning'.
Have you read the book?
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