One trend we are seeing manifest itself in the dog training world is that instructors are increasingly realizing that they need to become more skilled at how to teach and deal with people. If the human in the equation is not learning or not buying into what you are teaching them in regards to their dogs, then no matter how good you are at training dogs the skills you are teaching them may be ignored, mis-understood, or quickly forgotten. Fortunately the literature on this subject is growing and there are now a number of books available to help you with what for many trainers is their least favorite part of dog training - dealing with owners!!
Our most recent book relating to the people side of training just arrived last week. Teaching People Teaching Dogs: Insights and Ideas for Instructors is written by Dani Weinberg. Dani was a university professor for 17 years prior to becoming a dog trainer so is a very experienced teacher of people. She brings a unique perspective and presents lots of new and interesting ideas on how to be a better instructor. Our other two books on this subject have been selling well for a couple years now. One is It's Not the Dogs, It's the People by Nicole Wilde (available in book or CD formats). Nicole's philosophy is that the same techniques you use so successfully with dogs can be applied to your human clients. The other, of course, is Terry Ryan's Coaching People to Train Their Dogs. With almost 400 pages on learning theory, people skills, and class organization, Coaching is now considered a must-have resource by many leading trainers.
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