Training materials I’ve read recently.
Training Dogs: A Manual, Colonel Konrad Most, 1910
Schutzhund Obedience: Training in Drive, Sheila Booth with Gottfried Dildei, 1992
Purely Positive Training: Companion to Competition, Sheila Booth, 1998
The Other End of the Leash, Patricia McConnell, 2003
The Puppy Primer, Patricia McConnell, 2010
German Shepherd Dog: The German Way, Canine Training Systems, 1998
- Disc 3 Handling
- Disc 4 Advanced Handling
I read Konrad Most’s book mostly for curiosity as it was very influential on dog training in the 20th century. His methods sound quite harsh to a modern reader but then again he stated that his training was meant for police dogs and the text often refers to how the dog will respond to “the criminal.” And it was written in 1910! With that context it’s more of a novelty read. It is interesting though to note that he described what would later be termed operant conditioning. And 20 years before BF Skinner!
For my needs I found the others very helpful. I particularly like McConnell’s writing. She has a unique background as a trainer and animal behaviorist. She also has a way of making technical material very reachable. Her book “The Other End of the Leash” isn’t a training book at all, it’s about dog behavior and explains why they think the way they do. I enjoyed all of these!
The DVD’s were focused on SV style conformation showing. That won’t be an immediate need but it’s the one area in which I had no experience.