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EBOOK: PLENTY IN LIFE IS FREE - REFLECTIONS ON DOGS, TRAINING AND FINDING GRACE
by Kathy Sdao (See other books by author)


Publisher: Dogwise Ebooks
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2012 E Book, 112 pages

ISBN: 9781617810855
Item: DTB1246EBK
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Summary: The story of one woman’s evolution in thinking about how we live with dogs, train dogs and ultimately learn from dogs. Refreshingly honest about herself and with thought-provoking challenges to modern “do more” dog training.

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What if the secret to great dog training is to be a frequent "feeder" rather than a strong leader? A skilled reinforcer rather than a strict enforcer?

Over the past two decades, countless dog trainers across the world have embraced the liberal use of positive reinforcement. Often accompanying this trend, however, is an underlying emphasis, inherited from more coercive models of dog training, that each human in the family must be the dog's leader. But adopting the role of leader using what is known as the "Nothing in Life is Free" training protocol can result in stifling rules that constrain a person's ability to share affection and attention with their dogs. This focus on human leadership puts puts the burden on dogs to "earn" their rewards rather than placing the primary responsibility on the humans to be generous, precise, creative "feeders" (i.e., reinforcers).

In this new book, renowned dog trainer Kathy Sdao reveals how her journey through life and her decades of experience training marine mammals and dogs led her to reject a number of sacred cows including the leadership model of dog training. She describes in narrative fashion how she has come to focus her own training philosophy which emphasizes developing partnerships in which humans and dogs exchange reinforcements and continually cede the upper hand to one another.

What animal behavior experts are saying about Plenty in Life is Free:
This extraordinary book fills the gap between contemporary training technology and ethics. With indelible wit and wisdom, Sdao exposes the naked emperor of excessive control and replaces him with the keys to healthful behavior and lasting relationships. This book will improve more than a dog’s life—it will be required reading for the students in all my behavior classes.
Susan G. Friedman, Ph.D., Dept. of Psychology, Utah State University, www.behaviorworks.org

Kathy Sdao is as wise, witty, warm, and adventurous on paper as she is on the lecture platform. This is a wonderful book about an issue deep and dear to all of us: how to learn to be thoughtful, kind, and generous to our dogs, to each other, and to ourselves, in a world that pressures us to be harsh, resistant, and controlling instead.
Karen Pryor, Author of Reaching the Animal Mind, founder of www.clickertraining.com

Kathy Sdao is an Associate Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist who has spent 26 years as a full-time animal trainer. She teaches about a dozen seminars annually, for trainers around the world. Kathy lives in Tacoma, Washington where she runs Bright Spot Dog Training and lives with her two dogs.

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“A pet can be a great source of strength in our lives. "Plenty in Life is Free: Reflections on Dogs, Training, and Finding Grace" is a guide to training one's dog through granting a dog leadership, through reinforcing good behavior instead of trying to force the dogs behavior. Kathy Sdao, an expert in animal behavior presents her training knowledge and what she has learned in her pursuits about the human dog relationship. "Plenty in Life is Free" is a unique read for those who want to try a different hand at guiding their dogs.” James A. Cox


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finally, this is what we need, July 4, 2012
Reviewer: Dennis Fehling
I have been so blessed to have been to many of Kathy's Seminars and love how she came up with this title. With so many fidderent tools out there and so many outdated methods still being used this amazing guide is well worth the time to read and implement. Kathy once again comes straight from the heart with her experiences with her own dogs and client dogs, the wisdom she brings to this book will hopefully change some minds about NILIF and realize as she so gracefully puts it, there is more in life that is really free if we just look for it in our dogs and humans as well. Kathy continues to keep all of us on our toes. Dennis Fehling
 
A New & Insightful Look at NILIF, April 3, 2012
Reviewer: Kelly Ladouceur
Kathy Sdao is candid and funny in her book about making choices as a trainer. The book is primarily reflective, but it does include scientific references, as well as references to her work as a marine mammal trainer and her interections with others. Kathy makes a strong case against the NILIF theory that so many trainers subscribe to, and instead recommends a positive relationship based on mutual respect and reward. As somebody that often recommends NILIF, I found this book eye-opening. I do consider myself a loving and giving companion to my dogs, but NILIF isn't about giving. I will recommend this book to other trainers as well as to dog owners, to give them more insight into developing a positive and lasting relationship with their furry (or feathered or scaled!) companions.
 
A MUST READ!, March 6, 2012
Reviewer: Sarah Steiner
I adore this book! Plenty in Life is Free-Reflections on Dogs, Training and Finding Grace is a witty, must read for any one who is passionate about training and creating bonding relationships between humans and dogs. This book is full of compassion, insightful knowledge and humor. I could not peel my eyes away from the well written words of Kathy Sdao. She is truly an inspiration to both professional trainers and pet dog owners alike. I will reccomend this book to all my clients!
 

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