This past week I bought this amazing book, "How Dogs Learn," by Mary Burch and Jon Bailey. I love it. In the Foreward it says this book could function as the substance of a formal workshop or course. The book covers the content of an undergraduate course in learning and behavior in dogs. I have only started it, but it really explains the basic (and sometimes more in depth) principles of behavior and how they can be used to teach your dog new skills, diagnose problems and eliminate unwanted behaviors. It seems to go pretty in depth on operant conditioning, but is very clear and understandable. I was wondering if anyone wanted to get this book, and we could have discussions on it chapter by chapter. We could read the book together, and then discuss it. I think it would be a lot of fun, and we would get a lot more out of it than if we just read it alone.
I hope there will be a few people interested in doing so...
I have the book and re-read it religously. Though I think that the information is great. The application is tough. A good follow up to this book is "steppin up to success" by terri arnold. it's pricey. But there you can relate what you have read in how dogs learn to the applicaiton in arnolds book.
I believe a dog's finest hour, the greatest fulfillment he holds dear, is when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle-with a ball in his mouth."