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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.

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

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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  • MK
  • 28-07-2020

loved it

Clear explanations of topics that are often difficult to get your head around. Relevant examples. Useful.

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  • Cari
  • 18-04-2018

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
  • 25-02-2017

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
  • 13-06-2017

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
  • 10-02-2018

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
  • 07-05-2017

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
  • 06-05-2017

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
  • 30-12-2017

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.

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Any additional comments?

Overall an informative book.

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  • ArtyDogTrainer
  • 17-07-2020

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.

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  • PartTimeDogTrainer
  • 06-04-2020

Wonderfully unbiased, until it isn’t.

This book does a great job of touching the surface definitions for anyone, trainers and owners alike. It is fairly well rounded until you get to the small sections on punishers, and then the authors bias comes out. They have a blatant distain for using punishers and refer to it as abuse on several occasions. I think that inserting this personal biased opinion seriously detracts from what could’ve been a very very good book. Overall I still like the book for what it is and is a good reference book. It does get a little hard to follow occasionally as an audio book because some charts just don’t translate well with no visual to accompany the description. I would highly recommend the hard copy book as to have as a handy a reference, but recommend the audio book less so.

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  • S Murdock
  • 24-01-2020

Should be Titled "Technical Terms of Dog Training"

This book starts out with a long history of dog training and some implied "what not to do". The tone sounds as if it is written for people who already know what not to do. I assume the author was trying to give a history of how we got where we are, or trying to give credit. Next, it just starts listing technical terms of Dog Training. I have been listening for hours and I am about to give up, I have not yet heard "How dogs learn", I have only heard about training terms. This book should be retitled to "How dog trainers try to teach dogs". I am sorry to have to judge the book harshly because I am sure to a Ph.D. these are the technical terms that dog trainers should know. But if the publisher wants this book to get better reviews, then they need to change the title! Save a lot of time and just go to Wiki and lookup Operant Conditioning. If anyone knows what the best chapter(s) are for getting to the part of the book that talks about how dogs actually learn, then let us know.

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  • Kat
  • 05-06-2018

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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  • JuPenny
  • 08-03-2019

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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  • Magda Drvotova
  • 11-12-2018

excellent

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

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  • Matthew
  • 12-02-2017

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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  • Ms Emslar
  • 26-01-2020

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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  • Michelle curran
  • 04-01-2020

Excellent book

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

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