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K9 Behavior Basics

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256 pages
Understand dog behavior to work with, not against, your K9’s instincts.

Learn how to:


  • Recognize and interpret your K9’s expressions, gestures and signals.

  • Use operant conditioning to efficiently and humanely train K9s.

  • Plan and execute effective K9 training programs for search and detection, patrol, remote guided camera, attack, and more.

The art and science of training police, military and other service dogs continue to evolve as we learn more about dog behavior. In this revised edition of K9 Behavior Basics, expert dog trainers Dr. Resi Gerritsen, Ruud Haak and Simon Prins share the essentials every trainer needs to know about these advances in K9 training. You’ll learn how to successfully implement or improve your dogs’ training programs using operant conditioning.

The authors outline key concepts in dog behavior and communication and provide practical approaches to operant conditioning. They share proven techniques and solid advice from their more than thirty years of specialized K9 experience. Whether you’re just starting out or are a seasoned pro staying up-to-date, K9 Behavior Basics has something for you.


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K9 BEHAVIOR BASICS
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Editorial: Lauri Seidlitz, Leslie Vermeer Coverdesign:JohnLuckhurst;Coverphoto:KellyNelson/ShutterstockBookinteriordesign:CarolDragich,DragichDesignIllustrations: Sandra Hamel LibraryandArchivesCanadaCataloguinginPublicationGerritsen, Resi, author K9 behavior basics: a manual for proven success in operational service dog training / Dr. Resi Gerritsen, Ruud Haak and Simon Prins.Second edition. (K9 professional training) Originallypublished:Calgary:DetseligEnterprises,2010.Includesbibliographicalreferences. Issued in print and electronic formats. ISBN 9781550594515 (pbk.). 1.ServicedogsBehavior.2.ServicedogsTraining.3.SearchdogsTraining.4. Rescue dogsTraining. I. Haak, Ruud, author II. Prins, Simon, 1967, author III. Title. SF428.2.G473 2013 636.73 C20139036318 C20139036326
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Contents
Introduction ......................................................................................vii
Operational Service Dogs................................................................. 1
Ancestor Wolf..................................................................................... 27
Basic Concepts in Dog Behavior ................................................... 43
Developmental Stages and Behavior .......................................... 65
Expressions, Gestures, and Signals .............................................. 81
Reading Your Dog ........................................................................... 109
Operant Conditioning: Development and Basic Principles .......................................................................................... 127
Physical Punishment in Dog Training ........................................ 169
Training Service Dogs Using Operant Conditioning ............. 195
Bibliography ....................................................................................233
AbouttheAuthors..........................................................................237
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Introduction
Thedoghasbeenaloyalcompanionofhumankindforthousandsof years. This companionship has not always meant a comfortable and peaceful life for the dog, however. In living together, humans took control. From wolves (the first dogs), humans selected ani mals with suitable traits and domesticated them. Ourdogstodayhaveagreatwillingnesstoadapttotheircircumstances and the rules of the pack, which now includes the human family. They are a pleasant animal, able to live close to hu mans. From the wolf they received qualities such as watchfulness, loyalty, and submissive behavior, which are also the source of their popularity as pets and K9s. Inthisbookwemeetthewolf,thedomesticdogsancestor.We become acquainted with its behavior and see how and why this animal was domesticated. From that foundation, we take a closer look at dog behavior and communication signals. These are fundamental to understanding how dogs play and learn, and it is important for every K9 handler to understand these behaviors. Af ter all, if we understand the behavior of dogs, we can more easily raise and train them. ItisapleasuretohaveaK9asareliablecompanioninservice.For a successful team, the parties at both ends of the leash must
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trust each other. For this trust to develop, it is essential for us to recognize and correctly interpret the dogs expressions, gestures, and signals. In this book we explain them. Wethenexplainoperantconditioning,asuccessfulmethodofK9 training that can be used for all kinds of specialservice dogs, such as search and detection, patrol, remote guided camera, and attack dogs. We first describe the history and development of op erant conditioning training with animals and how the training works, and then, of course, we provide practical techniques in how this method can be employed. AsaK9handler,youareprivilegedtoknowwhatisgoingonin the dogs mind and to predict its behavior. After reading this book, you will have a better understanding of that special animal: your K9. Resi Gerritsen, Ruud Haak, and Simon Prins
DisclaimerWhîle the contents oF thîs book are based on substantîal experîence and expertîse, workîng wîth dogs învolves înherent rîsks, especîally în dangerous settîngs and sîtu-atîons. Anyone usîng approaches descrîbed în thîs book does so entîrely at theîr own rîsk and both the author and publîsher dîsclaîm any lîabîlîty For any înjurîes or other damage that may be sustaîned.
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