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

Paperback | November 22, 2013

byResi Gerritsen, Ruud Haak, Simon Prins

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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.

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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....

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...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 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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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