The Power of Positive Dog Training

The Power of Positive Dog Training
Product Description A famous dog gives you the positive training tools you need to make a life of fun, camaraderie, respect and with the dog. In addition, you? Ll receive information about the importance to observe, understand and respond appropriately to your dog body language, instructions on how to choose to use a clicker and treats to training approaches, a diary, to make progress, and proposals to address the your dog responds to, and a glossary of training. From the back cover Updated with the latest techniques and tools, including clicker method Renowned dog trainer gives you the positive training tools you need to ensure that you and your dog a lifetime of fun, friendship and respect. After the step-by-step, six weeks of basic training program, you learn to build a relationship with your dog based on friendship and positive reinforcement, not fear and punishment. In addition, you will receive: information on the significance of observing, understanding and responding appropriately to your dog body language how to choose to use a clicker and treats the concept of a training diary for the progress made with delicious ideas for your dog, and a glossary of education to see if it has never had a dog, or simply make the transition to a positive training, with Pat methodology, you will discover that training your pet is easy, fun and effective. Well, it's . See all Editorial Reviews
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  1. 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Always have an extra on hand
    Once you start training by using the wisdom in this book you will want to keep an extra on hand to loan to friends. –Liz Clark

    • Cyan
    • August 17, 2009

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A well written, powerful and effective approach for ALL dogs and trainers.
    Rusty is a rescue from Mississippi shipped to a local shelter here in San Diego. He is now a very powerful and athletic 60 lb two year old.

  2. 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great book for training your dog
    I own about 5 different books on training and this is one anybody who loves dogs can feel good about using.

  3. 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Clicker optional, still a good guide
    I was disappointed that this book focuses on clicker training, as I just don’t find that practicle for me.

  4. 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Perfect training method for a small dog!
    I have a three year old chihuahua. She already knew the basics, but I wanted to teach her more. I chose this book because it is a very gentle training method.

  5. 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Incredibly helpful
    Everyone who is thinking about a dog should read this book. In this case, the word “power” is very true–using Pat Miller’s approach will not only help you get a well trained dog,…

  6. This review is from: The Power of Positive Dog Training (Paperback)

    This is one of the best dog training books out there (believe me I’ve read lots). It’s clear, concise, and covers a multitude of useful things, starting with a reasonable synopsis of the fundamentals of clicker training, then taking you through a 6 week dog training course, and then addressing a number of individual concerns seperately (Housebreaking, Aggression, Socialization, etc. ). If you want a fuller explanation of operant conditioning theory, or broader application, I would suggest Karen Pryor’s “Don’t Shoot the Dog”, but Pat Miller includes a perfectly decent abbreviated explanation. My only gripe is in the Housebreaking section, where she gives a decent rundown on the theoretics of how to housebreak, but then gives a “sample” day from a theoretical family. The family in question has four adult equivalents (Mother, father, 2 teenagers), and all are actively involved in the housebreaking. This makes it pretty irrelevant (and downright depressing) for someone like me who is trying to housebreak a puppy with Mommy, no help from Daddy, and two preschoolers, who are certainly no help in training the puppy – after all we’re still working on housebreaking THEM. On the other hand, this is a minor gripe, especially as I’ve never found a dog training book that did provide realistic housebreaking around toddlers, and the book is otherwise excellent.

  7. 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Great puppy book
    This book is a good resource for training a puppy. You don’t have to have lots of experience handling dogs to be able to apply these techniques. Everything is explained simply.

  8. 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great Companion to Obedience Class
    I found this while we were in the middle of our first 6 week obedience course. It’s an easy read and gave great detail to all the concepts we learned in a positive training class…

    • Gali
    • August 16, 2009

    This review is from: The Power of Positive Dog Training (Paperback)

    The Power of Positive Dog Training sounds like a book which should have been written by Tony Robbins and advertised on an info-mertial though it is a quality book. The training methods are based on studies done by behavioral scientist B. F. Skinner. Many college level psychology classes teach this material. It stresses training through operant conditioning which in a nutshell is rewarding good behaviors thereby increasing the likelihood of them being repeated. There are many references about these principles and training but this book is good because it is geared specifically towards training a dog and maps out a six week program for you to follow. Even though I believe in the principles I was skeptical that my new puppy would learn the exercises in the book during a short period of time. Much to my surprise I saw results within a day or so. Included in the training plan is a number of progressively harder exercises to teach your dog for each week. A description of exercise, instructions, and training tips are included for each. I highly recommend this book if you are interested in training a dog through the previously mentioned methods.

    • Edge
    • August 16, 2009

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    One of the Best training books
    Pat Miller explains how to enhance the human-to-canine relationship using a positive training philosophy.

  9. This review is from: The Power of Positive Dog Training (Paperback)

    The cover of “The Power of Positive Dog Training” has a quote from Jean Donaldson. Makes sense to me, because this book is a wonderful successor to “Culture Clash,” Donaldson’s classic set of essays about the value of operant conditioning and the flaws of other training methods. “Culture Clash” is the word-of-mouth classic that clicker-training dog people recommend most often, at least in my experience. It’s a lively, engaging book, but it’s basically written as a sort of argument for operant methods rather than other training approaches, not as a practical training guide. Because of that “Clash” is not well-organized for use as a how-to title. It has no index, the chapters aren’t organized around typical training issues, and so on. Well, “Power of Positive Dog Training” is the practical version. The book is organized around a six-week training regimen — there’s one chapter for each week. Pat Miller does address all the differences between operant training and, say, punishment-based approaches, but she does so largely in her introductory chapters, in a way that complements the approachable, clearly-stated training course she’s describing. She doesn’t seem to be attacking the methods she’s describing, just laying out the advantages of positive methods to win you over. When an author describes “team you and your dog,” you know her heart’s in the right place, don’t you?When it comes to the training chapters, you’ll love the structure of this book. Each week has some Core Exercises and some Bonus Games. They’re written with a careful sense of how you’re going to use them, which just works. Take one of the core exercises from week 3 — “Wait. ” First Miller explains what the behavior is and why you need it: Wait tells your dog to stay back for a moment or two, and you might use it to keep your dog from rushing out the door when you open it. Then you get simply-stated instructions for how to train the behavior: do this, do this, when the dog does that reward it in this way, and so on. At the end of this section there’s a little “remember” paragraph that helps to frame the instructions in terms of the overall approach. (In this case Miller reminds us we’re trying to set the dog up to succeed, not trying to lure her into making a mistake we can correct. ) Then we get Training Tips, which is a sort of “usual questions” category that addresses some of the common questions or problems that come up in teaching a given behavior. (“My dog wanders off when I try to train this, what should I do?”)Simple enough, isn’t it? Good technical writing has a way of seeming so simple that anyone could have written it. (Bad technical writing, well, that’s like wading through the six languages in your VCR manual and never being sure which language you’re in. )The rest of this book serves to complement the training course. First you have those introductory essays. For most readers, for people who don’t have a stake in punishment-based traditional methods, these six brief chapters would be a perfect introduction to positive-reinforcement training. (If you’re completely convinced that the purpose of training your dog is to establish your dominance as alpha dog, well, maybe you need Jean Donaldson to needle you some. ) Then you have section two, the training regimen, with six chapters for six weeks of training. Section three is built around common challenges: separation anxiety, housetraining, resource-guarding, and adjusting to children are four of the seven topics that get treated in detail. The good organization continues into the back of the book. “Power” has five appendices with useful information like sample calendars you might use, or a list of possible treats you might not have thought of using. Finally, the index is actually useful and complete. (For some reason this is a real problem with lots of dog books; I’ve got a few “Which breed is right for you” books that don’t even list breeds in the index, and “Culture Clash” has no index at all. )Basically, this is the training book I’ve liked best so far. The writing style is candid and engaging, the structure is thoughtful and consistent, and as a book it just has the feel of a more mature work than most of its competition. I don’t give too many five-star ratings, but I’ll give one here.

  10. 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Next Gen Dog Training
    Having trained dogs for the past 30 years using choke chain and praise this book was enlightening
    Using positive reiforcement, along with a clicker, really works…

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