K9 Behavior Basics: A Manual for Proven Success in Operational Service Dog Training by Resi GerritsenK9 Behavior Basics: A Manual for Proven Success in Operational Service Dog Training by Resi Gerritsen

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

byResi Gerritsen, Ruud Haak, Simon Prins

Paperback | November 22, 2013

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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.

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 Cynologiq...
Title:K9 Behavior Basics: A Manual for Proven Success in Operational Service Dog TrainingFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:256 pages, 8.49 × 5.52 × 0.56 inShipping dimensions:8.49 × 5.52 × 0.56 inPublished:November 22, 2013Publisher:Brush EducationLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1550594516

ISBN - 13:9781550594515


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IntroductionThe dog has been a loyal companion of humankind for thousands of years. This companionship has not always meant a comfortable and peaceful life for the dog, however. In living together, humans took control. From wolves (the first dogs), humans selected animals with suitable traits and domesticated them.Our dogs today have a great willingness to adapt to their circumstances and the rules of the pack, which now includes the human family. They are a pleasant animal, able to live close to humans. From the wolf they received qualities such as watchfulness, loyalty, and submissive behavior, which are also the source of their popularity as pets and K9s.In this book we meet the wolf, the domestic dog’s ancestor. We become acquainted with its behavior and see how and why this animal was domesticated. From that foundation, we take a closer look at dog behavior and communication signals. These are fundamental to understanding how dogs play and learn, and it is important for every K9 handler to understand these behaviors. After all, if we understand the behavior of dogs, we can more easily raise and train them.It is a pleasure to have a K9 as a reliable companion in service. For a successful team, the parties at both ends of the leash must trust each other. For this trust to develop, it is essential for us to recognize and correctly interpret the dog’s expressions, gestures, and signals. In this book we explain them.We then explain operant conditioning, a successful method of K9 training that can be used for all kinds of special-service dogs, such as search and detection, patrol, remote guided camera, and attack dogs. We first describe the history and development of operant conditioning training with animals and how the training works, and then, of course, we provide practical techniques in how this method can be employed.As a K9 handler, you are privileged to know what is going on in the dog’s mind and to predict its behavior. After reading this book, you will have a better understanding of that special animal: your K9.

Table of Contents

1. Operational service dogs
2. Ancestor wolf
3. Basic concepts in dog behavior
4. Developmental stages and behavior
5. Expressions, gestures, and signals
6. Reading your dog
7. Operant conditioning: Development and basic principles
8. Physical punishment in dog training
9. Training service dogs using operant conditioning

Editorial Reviews

The chapter [on physical punishment] offered good arguments against the use of harsh methods—some completely new to me and eminently usable outside of the service dog world. - Canis bonus