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CLICKER TRAINING FOR OBEDIENCE
by Morgan Spector (See other books by author)


Publisher: Sunshine Books
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1998 Paperback, 255 pages

ISBN: 0962401781
Item: DTB606
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Summary: Step-by-step guide to applying clicker training to the demands of obedience performance, from novice through utility. Footwork diagrams and training plans for developing precision and reliability in dog and handler!

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Step-by-step guide to applying the new science of clicker training to the demands of obedience performance, from novice through utility. You'll get specific instructions, including footwork diagrams and training plans, for developing extreme precision and reliability in dog and handler, through shaping and positive reinforcement. Spector emphasizes the behavioral concept of building basic skills, from puppyhood onward so thast the dog is prepared for each exercise even before advanced work begins. This detailed and thorough book, written by an attorney who is also an obedience competitor and instructor, may change your entire approach to obedience training.


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Great Manual for Competitive Obedience Training, October 20, 2013
Reviewer: Mary Jo Sminkey
This book is definitely not for the novice or beginner trainer, but for those that want to go beyond basic or CGC training and try their hand at competitive obedience, it's a wonderful book on positive training for the sport. It has a lot of theory, much of which will apply to any dog sports, and plenty of detail on training both basic 'fluencies' as well as the individual exercises. It could do with more and better photos and diagrams, in some places he relies overly much on written descriptions that would much better be illustrated, but in most areas the descriptions are detailed enough to work out what to do.
 
talking the talk but..., September 24, 2010
Reviewer: dog-ma
This book has some good basic ideas. However, it is more based on theory rather than practice. At the time of publication, the author had trained one Sheltie through his CDX and put a CD on another. He had also taught Novice obedience classes. He had never put a UD on a dog, nor campaigned a dog for UDX legs and OTCH points. (He was friends with Karen Pryor who encouraged him to write the book. Karen had also put a CDX on a Weimaraner many years ago.)

Many readers of this book may not plan to ever show their dog past his CD or CDX. But that doesn't mean their instructor (or author) shouldn't have had that experience himself. Training multiple dogs through the higher levels in obedience is the way a trainer refines her skills. It is how she learns to work through the training problems that different dogs may experience. It is also how she learns which methods generalize and maintain in the ring.

That said, Morgan is a smart guy (former attorney) and the book is well written. However, Competition Obedience, A Balancing Act is a much better book for the money and is written by authors with a great deal more obedience training and trialing experience. (There are some mild corrections mentioned in that book, which you could omit.)
 
Great, in-depth book, July 14, 2010
Reviewer: Cleoppa
Love this book! I've never been a big clicker trainer, but decided I needed to really learn it to decide for myself. Not one for a simple book, I wanted the whole kit and kaboodle--how to do it, theory, etc.

This is by far the best clicker training book I've ever read (granted from a newby clicker trainer who's still read many books). It's got a great training regime to get your dog prepared for competition.

If someone is not competing in obedience, I may not recommend this book. While I think the theory chapters cannot be beat, I would think there may be better options and training regimes with different goals. Nonetheless, whatever your goals, you can't go wrong with this book.
 
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