Overcoming Dog Training Ambiguity: The Evolution of Charlie Darwin: Partner with Your Dog Using Positive Training by Beth Duman, CPDT-KA
When it comes to dog training, do you suffer from ambiguity? Would you like your pet to be as well trained as some of the dogs you see walking sedately next to their significant others (a/k/a owners), never barking at the mail carrier or trying to devour the person who delivers FedEx or UPS? Or do you feel that the dog’s a dog, and should be allowed to be what it is, not have its personality trained out of it to accommodate your lifestyle? If you suffer such ambiguous feelings, welcome to the club.
Training a dog takes commitment—the trainer has to be committed to change, not so much changing the dog, changing the trainer. Consistency is one of the keys to training an animal; if there are times when the wanna-be trainer says, “oh, it’s okay puppy, just this one time,” or “we’ll work on that tomorrow” (and tomorrow never comes) then it’s not the dog that needs to be trained.
Beth Duman, author of The Evolution of Charlie Darwin: Partner with Your Dog Using Positive Training offers help to the hopeless—the dog training wanna-be’s. Within the pages of her book, readers will find both training tips and explanations of why dogs behave the way they do. Knowing why your dog does something can be very helpful in reframing the behavior.
Some of the specific situations Duman addresses are dog parks, nervous dogs, aggression, puppy training, games, treats, clickers, and introducing a dog to its new family. Throughout The Evolution of Charlie Darwin, Duman emphasizes “positive training,” which we intuitively know must work better than using a negative approach. Recognizing our negative behaviors as trainers is one of the important skills we must develop if we want our dogs to cooperate in the process, and Duman’s advice may be exactly what’s needed to ease us into being responsible, loving, successful trainers.
In addition to training techniques, Duman shares information about products and suppliers that will help accomplish the training mission. The Evolution of Charlie Darwin is available with either black and white or color photographs.