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Dog Smart: Evidence-based Training with The Science Dog Anyone who lives with and loves dogs knows that they are smart Really smart They understand our body language and emotions, can be trained to perform important services, are devoted companions, and enjoy walks, tricks, dog sports or just hangin out on the couch So, how Dog Smart are you What do you know or wish to know about the dog s history, perceptions, understanding of humans, and responses to different training methods These topics and come under the scrutiny of the Science Dog in Linda Case s latest myth busting book Learn to separate fact from fiction about the relationship between dogs and wolves, whether dominance should be a factor in dog training, what forms of reinforcement work best, and how to apply evidence based training methods Dog Smart will not only help you to be a better trainer, but will give you the tools for communicating the most current information about dogs to others including the popular Science Dog character, neighbor Joe who happens to know a lot about dogs If You Love Dogs or Work with Those Who Love Dogs, You Need to Read This Book What we know about the science of canine behavior and dog training is continually evolving As such, every year I like to select a new book to recommend to my students, my staff, area veterinarians, and my colleagues that I feel will be the most beneficial to them and their dogs This year I have chosen Dog Smart Evidence based Training with The Science Dog by Linda P Case At the beginning of her book, Case states If You Love Dogs or Work with Those Who Love Dogs, You Need to Read This Book What we know about the science of canine behavior and dog training is continually evolving As such, every year I like to select a new book to recommend to my students, my staff, area veterinarians, and my colleagues that I feel will be the most beneficial to them and their dogs This year I have chosen Dog Smart Evidence based Training with The Science Dog by Linda P Case At the beginning of her book, Case states she has two primary objectivesto provide accurate summaries of some of the most important evidence regarding present day understanding of the dog s history and domestication, behavior, social cognition, and learning process andto apply this information to practical dog training methods and to provide means for communicating this information and teaching these methods in ways that are both interesting and useful to all dog owners From both my perspective as a pet care professional and as a pet parent, I believe that Case has met her objectives admirably.Those of you familiar with my column and blog Words, Woofs, and Meows know that I am passionate about setting the record straight on the following dominance , dog breeds , the importance of puppy socialization , and the unnecessary use of aversives for the training dogs Case addresses all of these issues thoroughly The idea that one must be dominant or the Alpha with their dog has probably donedamage to the human dog relationship than any other piece of bad advice given by anyone about dogs Case does an excellent job of getting into the scientific details about dominance She clearly explains how dogs and wolves are related and how they are also very different Case then goes on to discuss the scientific view of how the dog evolved and eventually became our companion No discussion of that process would be complete without a review of how humans developed a seriously flawed theory called the hierarchical model of pack behavior which led to the false belief that we had to dominate our dogs and physically punish them to ensure we were always in control Case uses science to explain how this model has been refuted and goes on to state A parent family model better describes wolf relationships in packs than does an outdated hierarchy model that focuses on strict social roles and conflict If you are a trainer and having difficulty explaining this to your clients, or a pet parent trying to explain this to other family members, you need to purchase and share this book Other topics addressed by Case include Dog breeds and how they influence behavior Anyone thinking of getting a dog should read this section before deciding which kind of dog they want as a companion The critical importance of adequate and appropriate puppy socialization and habituation Case explains why early socialization is crucial to a puppy s development but adds a very important warning if you do not do it right, you may create behavioral problems Socialization is one of those issues that I find far too many alleged dog experts do not understand well They are all perfect candidates for this book The emotional response to the use of aversives in training and why reward based training free of pain, fear, and force is the only humane choice Case notes that she has chosenreward based training methods aka positive reinforcement as a training approach because 1 It works well 2 It has desirable emotional and relationship benefits for our dogs and for us and is not associated with causing pain, anxiety or stress in dogs 3 We have evidence for 1 and 2 As a pet care professional, I have found the biggest obstacle to helping my clients, and their dogs are often the erroneous beliefs they have acquired about dogs and their behavior from the internet, TV, friends, family, and sadly even ill informed pet care professionals The American Animal Hospital Association AAHA acknowledged this as a serious problem in 2015 when they published their 2015 Canine and Feline Behavior Guidelines Unfortunately, this document was not written for Jane and Joe Pet Parent and does not offer the additional wise counsel found in Dog Smart Evidence based Training with The Science Dog Linda Case, thank you for filling that void For those that want to know as much as possible, Case has also provided ample references to the scientific articles supporting her work If you love your dog, or if you work with people that love their dogs, you owe it to them to read Dog Smart Evidence based Training with The Science Dog by Linda P Case It is the smart thing to do Bang up up date and easy to read A nice touch is explaining how to explain the positive methods to the kind of person that thinks they know it allwe ve all met themthey ve had a dog for most of their life and therefore are an expert Case calls them Joe and after every chapter addresses the points very clearly and in everyday language directly at Joe And to top it off, each chapter has the evidence and research actually listed Recommended A very engaging and interesting read I m not a pet professional, just a very knowledge hungry dog owner and this book completely readable but also incredibly in depth It s made me reconsider what I thought when known facts IE about teaching dogs eye contact and I loved the parts at the end of each chapter on how to talk to neighbour Joe It s well worth a read.

  • Kindle Edition
  • 292 pages
  • Dog Smart: Evidence-based Training with The Science Dog
  • Linda P. Case
  • 07 February 2019

About the Author: Linda P. Case

Linda Case is a well known author and dog trainer who speaks world wide about evidence based dog training, behavior and nutrition She taught at the University of Illinois Department of Animal Sciences and College of Veterinary Medicine for 20 years and owns AutumnGold Dog Training Center in Illinois She writes the popular blog, The Science Dog.


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