As many of you know, learning about dog behavior and improving your dog training skills is, by and large, pretty serious stuff. Mastering the timing involved in clicker training or developing the skills to employ Behavior Adjustment Training effectively takes a lot of hard work. Fortunately, dog-dog play and dog-human play can give both you and your dog a chance to take a break and have some fun - and it provides many of the same benefits that more "serious" training does as well. The subject of play has been the focus of a number of books and DVDs the past few years and there will be a couple of presentations on play at the APDT Conference next month in Spokane. Most of the material available divides into three subject areas: ideas for how and what to play with your dogs; off-leash dog play including at dog parks and while on walks or hiking; and understanding the body language of play so that you can better determine when dogs are playing together vs fighting to avoid unwanted confrontations. Here are just a few of the more popular items we have available on the subject of play:
Encyclopedia of K-9 Terminology by Edward Gilbert, Jr & Patricia Gilbert. Veteran AKC judges and breeders Ed Gilbert and his wife Pat Gilbert have pulled together every conceivable term applied to dogs to aid experts and amateurs alike to help all understand and correctly use the language of the sport. And weighing in at 4 pounds with over 800 pages you will have a lot of information at your fingertips!
The Art of Reading Agility Courses by Kathy Keats. A beautiful agility run is no less a masterpiece than any other work of art. The Art of Reading Agility Courses will help you understand even the subtle challenges on a course so that you can choose the best path and handling for you and your dog.
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