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This book explores the fascinating science of operant conditioning, where science and dog training meet. How Dogs Learn discusses the basic principles of behavior and how they can be used to teach your dog new skills, diagnose problems, and eliminate unwanted behaviors. It's for anyone who wants to better understand the learning process in dogs. Every concept is laid out clearly and precisely, and its relevance to your dog and how you train is explained.

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PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©1999 Mary R. Burch and Jon S. Bailey (P)2017 Tantor

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"This book should be on every animal trainer's bookshelf...it is practical and very useful without sacrificing scientific and technical accuracy." (Jack Michael, PhD, Department of Psychology, Western Michigan University)

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Great Book but....

Really need a hardcopy too for referencing. Also down to personal preference but found the reader hard to listen too at times.

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Interesting book

The narration was very stilted, even for a book of this type. The content, however, was excellent. I’m just about to begin listening a second time through as there’s so much to take in!

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excellent

loved it. learned loads. narrator's voice is easy to listen to. overall a great book.

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A must read for any dog owner/trainer

Great! Full of good science on how dogs learn with lots of practical applications and examples.

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Mixed feelings.

Contains information about how dogs learn and stresses our responsibility in raising well behaved dogs. I probably learned quite a bit from it. However I think the presentation of the material is patronising and intimidating. I think the narrator probably captures the tone of the written word correctly and there is humour in there but it is sarcastic, which I am normally ok with, but I found it too damning.

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A Definite for Aspiring Dog Trainers.

Also great for the owner who wants to know more, to understand learning theory and how it applies to the canine world. Great book on Learning and how dogs learn.

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Excellent book

A must read for any dog trainer and dog owner, very easy to listen to. Very informative

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  • Cari
  • 18-04-18

The narration is awful!

I couldn't get through the first chapter because the narration is so poor. I plan to buy a hard copy and read that way.

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  • Illyria
  • 25-02-17

Very good reference book!

It was so useful I've ordered the hard copy to keep as a reference. As a trainer I found it very helpful.

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  • Frederick O. Wright
  • 13-06-17

not what I expected.

this book really left me with more questions than we're answered not really what I expected not what I thought I was intended for. the narrator is very monotone

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-02-18

boring

it was very droning and not engaging at all. it left me very bored and wanting to return it.

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  • Liliana Piegari
  • 07-05-17

Interesting book

Great history of dog training. I would love to read part two. Describes the most common training tools. Good yo start with

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  • Sal Demir
  • 06-05-17

Written by Captain Obvious...

This book is basically a compilation of all academic terms for the common sense and general knowledge subjects about dogs. I don't think anybody out there needs or wants to know these jargon soup but rather learn the actual way dogs learn. what a waste of time :/

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-12-17

Stuttering

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I'd change the narrator.

Who was your favorite character and why?

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What didn’t you like about Christopher Solimene’s performance?

The narrator stammers, as though he has trouble pronouncing the words. It's almost like he hadn't read the work before he decided toi record. A little distracting.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

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Any additional comments?

Overall an informative book.

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  • SuAnne Pinoniemi
  • 27-05-21

Some ideas are really out there

Since most of these techniques are really only OPINIONS, falsely presented as fact. I guess it’s a reflection of the times we live in. Would not recommend this book if you are actually seeking knowledge on the subject.

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  • Godfrey Melhado
  • 14-05-21

Great book on dog training

A well written book on dog training. The book discusses operant conditioning. The theories and applications are well explained.

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  • ArtyDogTrainer
  • 17-07-20

a technical manual for trainers

ok, it's dry. Really dry. the info on operant conditioning, behavior modification, reinforcement, and punishment is valuable, although I have some strong beliefs about punishment that made it hard to not argue with.

For positive reinforcement trainers, it's valuable to know about punishers, even if you find it hard to listen to. I did, since I find the use positive punishment largely unethical. So-called balanced trainers may find this book more useful, as the section on punishers is very informative and I do like that the book strives to be neutral on the topic.