Positive Training for Show Dogs - Building A Relationship for Success

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Train your dog to love showing!
Most people learn how train their show dog by trial and error emphasis on error. Much of the information about show dog training is learned by ringside observation or word-of-mouth from experienced exhibitor to novice. The results are mixed some things work well, while others don't and you may not know why!

Positive Training for Show Dog is the first book to apply the latest scientific research on how dogs learn to the world of dog showing. Whether you are just getting started in the breed ring or are an experienced show dog handler, you will enjoy learning how to work with your dog as your partner to get outstanding showing results by using positive reinforcement without punishment.

What you will learn
How to crossover from correction-based training to reward-based training.
The role of the clicker and other reward markers in your training and problem solving.
Methods for key show ring skills like gaiting, stacking, and standing for examination.
Positive solutions to common show dog predicaments including fear of the judge, poor head position, picture taking problems, and more.

Professionals applaud Positive Training for Show Dogs

Step-by-step, Vicki Ronchette pawsitively leads exhibitors to success. Ever had a stunning dog who hated the camera? This book shows us a beautiful picture is a snap. Positive Training covers training from nails to tails.
Chris Walkowicz, Breeder, AKC Judge, author of Successful Dog Breeding, Atlas of Dog Breeds and Perfect Match

If you only could read one book on training a show dog and building a positive relationship with a dog, make it this book Positive Training for Show Dogs is the kind of book you should give to a friend. Vicki Ronchette does a masterful job with the subject and you come away saying I can do it.
Dr. Carmelo L. Battaglia, Breeder, Researcher, AKC Judge, author of Breeding Better Dogs book & DVD and Choosing the Best Puppy DVD

Using a variety of techniques for training and unique approaches to problem-solving, Vicki Ronchette gives readers a wonderful guide to training successful show dogs in addition to building a meaningful and rewarding relationship with your dog.
Lisa Peterson, Director of Club Communications, American Kennel Club, Breeder

Victoria Ronchette, CPDT, has been working with dogs professionally for over 22 years. She is involved in Dachshund and Australian Cattle Dog rescue and competes with her dogs in conformation, earthdog trials, field trials, obedience and Rally-O as well as handling show dogs for others professionally. She is the owner of Braveheart Dog Training in San Leandro, California where she lives with her husband Rick and their seven dogs.

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What reviewers are saying...

Ronchette's instruction manual is derived from two decades experience as a professional trainer. In addition to conformation, she competes in several performance events. In all of these, she utilizes positive techniques such as luring, shaping, targeting, and clicker training that have become staple tools of so much training methodology. The book covers all the basics of choosing leads, using bait, free stacking, hand stacking, and gaiting. Each one is carefully explained and readers are guided through their application. The author provides abundant suggestions to deal with common frustrations such as dogs that hate table exams or persistently sit down in the ring. There is no shortage of advice on socializing puppies, keeping your dog calm, and reinforcing a positive attitude. She also explains the use of desensitization and counter-conditioning to revise problem behaviors The book is presented as a guide for both novice and expert but confines its scope to the basics. Overall, it's a valuable guide for beginners and handlers interested in repurposing positive training techniques to a new sport. Amy Fernandez

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  • 5
    Excellent book!

    Posted by Dawn Gilkison on 28th Apr 2021

    Thoroughly and concisely covers how to use positive reinforcement to train your dog for conformation showing. I recommend this strongly!