- Taschenbuch: 128 Seiten
- Verlag: Sirius Publishing (Oktober 1989)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0962364304
- ISBN-13: 978-0962364303
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 21,5 x 14,4 x 0,9 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 314.257 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The Speed Mushing Manual: How to Train Racing Sled Dogs (Englisch) Taschenbuch – Oktober 1989
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Jim is a great trainer and musher and surely this is a book to read by any musher or dog lover. As a trainer myself I think he truly grasp the concept of training dogs in a positive way by doing what most dogs love called mushing.
But I did not like the training section where the author recommends smacking a dog with a whip when he/she doesn't "get up" on command or isn't putting it all in harness. Or correcting from behind when the dog misbehaves in whatever manner. I understand that this would work- and it has worked for many dog mushers- but I think the sport has generally moved on from this type of training now. Plus, most dogs are bred with pretty hard heads and/or with such a drive for running- but soft (pointer Xs) that they don't need or wouldn't tolerate this type of correction. I can't imagine treating my malinois like this- she would let me know if the correction is unfair. I just don't like to see this in a modern mushing book.
But, overall, the author's love for the sport and love of a good dog shines through. I am not saying he is abusive of his dogs in using this type of training. It is effective and it is easy when you have a lot of dogs and not a lot of time to devote to positive training. But I do think there are fairer and more humane ways of training a dog to pull that do not involve a relationship of fear or avoidance between the handler and his dogs.
For skijorers, the 2012 edition of Skijor with Your Dog has many tips for training dogs to pull in a positive and humane way.