Reflections on Dogs, Training and Finding Grace
WHAT IF THE SECRET TO GREAT DOG TRAINING IS TO BE AN EXPERT "FEEDER" RATHER THAN A STRONG LEADER?
Want to become a skilled reinforcer rather than a strict enforcer? Get to the root of the relationship between humans and companion animals.
This book is beautifully written and focuses on respect and kindness in dog training with very simple and effective training techniques.
As a scientist, Kathy bases every argument in solid scientific foundation while taking another look at 'the way it's always been done' and presenting an alternative view.
"The rigid, coercive relationship a prison guard has with prisoners [in which the latter must earn everything they have] is the antithesis of the joyful, affectionate, trusting relationship I want to facilitate between people and their dogs."
If you have ever heard Kathy speak you know she is concise, funny and passionate about creating love, trust and joy while affecting good behaviour in our dogs.
Some might be put off a bit by the author's personal religious views, but don't let it distract you from the main message of the book.