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The Thinking Dog

Crossover to Clicker Training

By Gail Tamases Fisher

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Format: Paperback, 318 pages
Other Information: 500 B&W
Published In: United States, 28 March 2009
Expanded Description: Teach your dog to think It is such a joy to work with a dog who proactively engages in behaviors while you build a relationship that will surprise you in its depth and versatility. Clicker training has proven to be the most effective means of developing a Thinking Dog, one who offers behaviors in anticipation of a reward rather than a dog who has been trained only to wait for his owner's commands. One of the biggest obstacles the new clicker trainer faces, however, is his or her own history of training and habits of working with a dog. But you can make the transition once you understand how dogs learn and the mechanisms of operant conditioning. Learn from author Gail Fisher's crossover experiences as well as those of the hundreds of students she has helped make the change over the past thirteen years. You will learn: How dog training has evolved over the past 100 years, the strengths and weaknesses of various training styles, and to what extent you can intergrate your previous methods with clicker training. The particular challenges you will face as you crossover from whatever style of training you have used in the past (compulsion, luring, etc.) to clicker training. The detailed nuts and bolts of clicker training - from getting a behavior started, to methods of rewarding, to reducing the need to click and treat over time while still getting the results you want. How to work with dogs trained with force or harsh methods and change them into behavior-offering dynamos. Experienced trainers applaud The Thinking Dog The Thinking Dog offers a wonderfully thoughtful guide to clicker training. Written with the more traditional trainer in mind, Gail Fisher's long experience and hard-won wisdom shine through in her logical approach. Clear explanations, practical exercises, and lovely real life examples (including photos) make for a refreshing treatment of clicker training. I highly recommended this book to all thinking trainers who share with Fisher her "delight in watching a dog's mind turn on." The Thinking Dog is my new favorite clicker training book! Suzanne Clothier, author of Bones Would Rain from the Sky Gail Fisher's grasp of all subject matter pertaining to clicker training shines through in this book! It is obvious that she is a "been there-done that" crossover clicker trainer, understands the needs of someone who wants to make the switch, and can hold the trainer's hand throughout the process. The Thinking Dog is a great refresher course for the experienced clicker trainer too. Corally Burmaster, founder and editor of The Clicker Journal This is a must have book for anyone involved in dog training. Gail is a pioneer in the field of positive dog training and her own techniques have evolved over time as she has learned more about how dogs think and learn. This book provides a solid foundation for clicker training including answers to all the most challenging questions and paths around the most common obstacles. Robin K. Bennett, author of All About Dog Daycare, co-author of Off Leash Dog Play Gail Fisher has been training dogs professionally for over 30 years. She is the owner and founder of All Dogs Gym, one of the largest training centers in the country. Gail is the co-author of Training Your Dog and Teaching Dog Obedience Classes. She lives in Manchester, New Hampshire with her dogs, Canon and Kochi, and two cats.

Table of Contents

How dog training has evolved over the past 100 years. The detailed nuts and bolts of clicker training - from getting a behaviour started, methods of rewarding,and reducing the need to click.

About the Author

Gail Tamases Fisher is a professional dog trainer with more than 30 years experience.

EAN: 9781929242627
ISBN: 192924262X
Publisher: Dogwise Publishing
Dimensions: 25.3 x 17.88 x 2.01 centimetres (0.68 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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The very best practical dog training book that I have read to date, and I wholeheartedly support all the comments made by the previous reviewer on the 13/5/2009. When first starting out to train a dog very few of us can escape being influenced in some way by what were the more traditional method for training dogs, and so virtually all of us are "crossover trainers" when it comes to clicker training in its true sense, whether we realise it or not. Because of our previous knowledge it can become very difficult for most trainers to adopt true "clicker training" procedures. As the author points out, what we can easily find ourselves doing is "training with a clicker" rather "clicker training". This book clearly explains the difference and carefully guides the reader through all the training pitfalls likely to be met along the way.
A thick but thoroughly readable book and highly recommended.
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This book is a must have for all dog trainers or anyone interested in just training their own dogs. Sometimes dog training books can be very difficult to read but I find this book hard to put down. Gail Fisher's honesty is commendable as she talks about how for years she trained using other rmore commonly used methods and wrote books on the subject. That she was open to changing so radically is a testiment to her and her book but especially to the difference clicker training can make. I have long believed in Clicker training but found it difficult to "crossover", getting muddled in the thinking. This book clearly shows the difference needed in thinking and addresses every issue. She clearly defines how the training encourages the dog to think and work out how to get the reward rather than robotically following what is desired by the handler. As a service dog trainer as well as taking classes and doing private consults I will be using this book as a blueprint. It is an outstanding book and I recommend it highly.

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