We are constantly striving to learn here at #DogLogicTraining and seek out books that will help us not only in dog training, but in agility, and life! As always, our mission is to share our knowledge and expertise to enhance the lives of you and your pets.
We hope you’ll enjoy this list of books we’ve read and highly recommend.
1. The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work by Shawn Achor
I have been reading a great book called, ‘The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work’ by Shawn Achor.
Nothing to do with dog training!
I am sure that the author never expected his messages to be quite so relevant to dog lovers. However, I think you will all agree that he does indeed have much to say that will help us on our individual journeys.
July 2018’s training team of the month is certainly a shining example.
You can’t sprint your way to a marathon!
“No matter what you may have heard from motivational speakers, coaches, and the like, reaching for the stars is a recipe for failure. In Part 1 I talked about pushing the limits of possibility. I do believe it’s important to do this – just not all at once. That’s why psychologists who specialize in goal setting theory advocate setting goals of moderate difficulty – not so easy that we don’t have to try, but not so difficult that we get discouraged and give up. When the challenges we face are particularly challenging and the payoff remains far away, setting smaller, more manageable goals helps us build our confidence and celebrate our forward progress, and keeps us committed to the task at hand. As Harvard Business School professor Peter Bregman advises,
“Don’t write a book, write a page…. “
There are so many other great lessons in this book and it’s a very accessible read. I thoroughly recommend it and look forward to hearing how you’ve enjoyed this book!
2. On Talking terms with dogs: Calming Signals by Turrid Rugaas
“Dogs and wolves have strong instincts for conflict solving, communication and cooperation.
Their repertoire also includes threatening signals, and when we are dealing with dogs we have a choice of how to behave; we can be calming, friendly and reassuring, or we can be threatening. Whatever we choose will have consequences for our relationship with the dog. When you are using threats to your dog, intentionally or unintentionally, the dog will use calming signals in order to try to calm you. For the conflict-solving dog, threats must be calmed down. I prefer to put it this way; Why on earth should we ever use threatening signals to dogs?”
“What signals are we talking about? We know at least 30 signals. Some signals are used for other things as well, in other situations. Some are so swift that we can hardly see them. It takes experience to see everything in every situation. But with experience and frequent observation, you will be able to catch a glimpse of them all, and you will always be able to tell how your dog is feeling. You will understand your dog much better. And isn’t that what we would all like? To really understand how they feel?”
3. The Science of Consequences: How They Affect Genes, Change the Brain, and Impact Our World by Susan M. Schneider
If you are at all curious about behavior and how consequences influence not only behavior but also our brains and those of other animals, read this book!
“To make anything a habit, do it. To make anything not a habit, don’t do it. To unmake a habit, do something else in place of it.”
“One of life’s ironies is that, while we love getting positive reinforcers, we are stingy about giving them out.”
4. Every Dog, Every Day by Kay Laurence
“We should not be trying to change dogs, but celebrating what they are and changing the world in which they live.” – Kay Laurence
This book comes from one of the world’s top dog trainers, Kay Laurence.
Kay lives on a working farm in England almost a mile from the closest road. People and dogs regularly visit from across the world to benefit from her wisdom. Our DogLogic team of instructors has been fortunate to benefit from this wisdom by attending her seminars and regular presentations at Clicker Expo. Kay has been teaching, writing and training dogs from her UK based home for more than 35 years.
Of herself Kay says,
“I have a background in dog sports, working, and pet-dog training. While working dogs carry their own respect since they have a “proper job” pet- dog trainers are often referred to as “just” pet-dog trainers. I consider pet-dog training the foundation and the most important dog training because it affects every dog, every day.”
“Every Dog, Every Day” is the title of Kay’s latest book. It is well worth the read!
“When we are working with an animal our own needs can direct our choices and decisions. We focus on outcomes and the end goal, which commonly revolves around us. The dog that no longer causes discomfort when pulling their leash, the dog that instantly responds to our demands, the companion that understands our lifestyle choices. But for that learner, for that animal, what is happening now and how it makes them feel is what matters the most. That is their reality. Do they understand, do they want more than the next treat; do they want to be with us or have they no choice? For decades trainers have been engineering time-saving processes and hard-selling them as ideal solutions. What they are missing is the life-breathing element that evolves from the process. The reflection of joy and connection from a time-invested process that leaves your learner enthused. It is never replaceable with quick fix solutions. It takes thoughtfulness to plan how to make the learning experience one of pure pleasure, even in the elements that are challenging. It is so much more than just delivering treats or toys. Our companion animals want to share a part of us, the very best they can draw from us and it is this demand that ensures we grow, as companions to them and as their teachers. It takes intelligence and intuition to seek out solutions that carry the mark of deep practice, skillfulness, and evidence of a body of work that aligns with our own beliefs. We see the culmination of thousands of hours of practice, exploration, cold fingers and slobbery clothes. But we also see those bright, shiny eyes reflect our passion for teaching, learning and connecting with another animal.” – Kay Laurence.
5. Social, Civil and Savvy by Laura VanArendonk Baugh
This book should get you thinking about socialization.
Socialization? Why? Of course, we all know what that is! (But do we?)
“If we want our dogs to be acceptable, happy, welcomed, and safe in human society, we need to socialize them to human social norms.
This is a deceptively simple concept, until we remember that we are working with another species entirely, and specifically one which is hardwired to sniff, dig, pull against restraint, jump up or burrow noses into private parts to greet friends, protect food and other resources, and to potentially employ sharp teeth when personal space is invaded. We are attempting to socialize a species which has no natural knowledge or understanding that that carpet is less appropriate for elimination than grass, that hugs and kisses are intended to communicate “love,” or that food can be “off limits” despite being on a perfectly accessible table.
We are addressing a species, which, despite thousands of years of selective breeding, has no hardwired instincts to ignore a vacuum cleaner. We have our work cut out for us!”
Quote from “Social, Civil and Savvy” by Laura VanArendonk Baugh CPDT-KA KPACTP
6. Don’t Shoot the Dog: The New Art of Teaching and Training by Karen Pryor
“Karen Pryor’s clear and entertaining explanation of behavioral training methods made Don’t Shoot the Dog! a bestselling classic. Now this revised edition presents more of her insights into animal—and human—behavior.”
“This book is about how to train anyone – human or animal, young or old, oneself or others – to do anything that can and should be done. How to get the cat off the kitchen table or your grandmother to stop nagging you. How to affect behavior in your pets, your kids, your boss, your friends. How to improve your tennis stroke, your golf game, your math skills, your memory. All by using the principles of training with reinforcement.” – From the Foreword of Don’t Shoot the Dog.
We love this book! You will too!
So informative, very accessible and timeless.
A must read and essential reference for anyone interested in the psychology of training.
Lynne Stephens KPACTP and Karen Mielke KPACTP(DogLogic)
We are not alone in this view –
“A pivotal work in the fields of human psychology and dog training …… A must-read for anyone interested in human or canine behavior modification” – Deborah Jones, Ph.D, assistant professor, Kent State University, and owner, Planet Canine Dog Training School.
7. Culture Clash: A New Way Of Understanding The Relationship Between Humans And Domestic Dogs by Jean Donaldson
“Describes ways to help rehabilitate aggressive behavior in dogs, using food and other reinforcers.:
Culture Clash: A New Way Of Understanding The Relationship Between Humans And Domestic Dogs by Jean Donaldson
“This is one of the most fun and thought-provoking books that I’ve read about dog training.
Jean Donaldson truly has a unique and entertaining way of helping her reader to see the world from the dog’s point of view. I laughed out loud as I saw the world through the dog’s eyes the first time I read it. Read it for yourself and see. Your dog will thank you for it. ”
Lynne Stephens (KPACTP – DogLogic)
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