K9 Behavior Basics: A Manual for Proven Success in Operational Service Dog Training

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Dog Training Press, Nov 22, 2013 - Pets - 256 pages
Understand dog behavior to work with, not against, your K9’s instincts.

Learn how to:

Recognize and interpret your K9’s expressions, gestures and signals. Use operant conditioning to efficiently and humanely train K9s. Plan and execute effective K9 training programs for search and detection, patrol, remote guided camera, attack, and more.

The art and science of training police, military and other service dogs continue to evolve as we learn more about dog behavior. In this revised edition of K9 Behavior Basics, expert dog trainers Dr. Resi Gerritsen, Ruud Haak and Simon Prins share the essentials every trainer needs to know about these advances in K9 training. You’ll learn how to successfully implement or improve your dogs’ training programs using operant conditioning.

The authors outline key concepts in dog behavior and communication and provide practical approaches to operant conditioning. They share proven techniques and solid advice from their more than thirty years of specialized K9 experience. Whether you’re just starting out or are a seasoned pro staying up-to-date, K9 Behavior Basics has something for you.

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Contents

1 Operational Service Dogs
1
2 Ancestor Wolf
27
3 Basic Concepts in Dog Behavior
43
4 Developmental Stages and Behavior
65
5 Expressions Gestures and Signals
81
6 Reading Your Dog
109
Development and Basic Principles
127
8 Physical Punishment in Dog Training
169
9 Training Service Dogs Using Operant Conditioning
195
Bibliography
233
About the Authors
237
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Dr. Resi Gerritsen and Ruud Haak are world-renowned specialists in the field of dog work and the authors of more than 30 titles on dog training. They serve as training directors and international judges for the International Red Cross Federation, the United Nations, the International Rescue Dog Organization and the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI).

Simon Prins has won international acclaim as an innovative trainer for his work with camera, explosive detection, and search and rescue dogs.

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