Scientific, positive training methods for any dog trainer.
I'm Morgan Spector, the author of "Clicker Training for Obedience." I wrote this book based on my experiences in training dogs, beginning with my first pet and on through my competition dogs. Now, in addition to my competition training I also work with Canine Companions for Independence in training service dogs. This book is for everyone who wants to train their dog. You may only want your pet not to jump up on your friends, or you may want to put a Utility title on your Bavarian Luncheonhund. Whatever your goals, clicker training can get you there faster than traditional training, with greater efficiency and infinitely more enjoyment for both you and the dog. Clicker training involves both technology and attitude. The technology is "operant conditioning," which simply means that the dog learns to produce certain behaviors because he expects to be rewarded for doing so. In other words, the method is entirely positive. And that's the attitude as well. This training tells the dog: "you do what I want, I'll give you what you want." This is a "win-win" attitude, that makes you and your dog partners rather than combatants in a contest of wills. You will find in this book the keys to developing real discipline in your dog without having to resort to punishing training methods. I hope you will enjoy applying these techniques as much as I have enjoyed learning and developing them in this book.