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Publisher's Summary

This book explores the fascinating science of operant conditioning, where science and dog training meet. How Dogs Learn discusses the basic principles of behavior and how they can be used to teach your dog new skills, diagnose problems, and eliminate unwanted behaviors. It's for anyone who wants to better understand the learning process in dogs. Every concept is laid out clearly and precisely, and its relevance to your dog and how you train is explained.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

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©1999 Mary R. Burch and Jon S. Bailey (P)2017 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"This book should be on every animal trainer's bookshelf...it is practical and very useful without sacrificing scientific and technical accuracy." (Jack Michael, PhD, Department of Psychology, Western Michigan University)

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The narration is awful!

I couldn't get through the first chapter because the narration is so poor. I plan to buy a hard copy and read that way.

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Very good reference book!

It was so useful I've ordered the hard copy to keep as a reference. As a trainer I found it very helpful.

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Interesting book

Great history of dog training. I would love to read part two. Describes the most common training tools. Good yo start with

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Stuttering

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I'd change the narrator.

Who was your favorite character and why?

N/A

What didn’t you like about Christopher Solimene’s performance?

The narrator stammers, as though he has trouble pronouncing the words. It's almost like he hadn't read the work before he decided toi record. A little distracting.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

N/A

Any additional comments?

Overall an informative book.

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Boring voice

I like the information. I already have a background in psychology and this helped better understand what I already knew and helped put it into focus. However the voice is really boring and I lose interest quickly

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very informative

I really enjoyed this book. It gave me a lot of knowledge on how dogs tick

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informative and interesting

book was very informative and interesting at the same time, making for a great refresher of learning theory with real life examples of applications.

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not what I expected.

this book really left me with more questions than we're answered not really what I expected not what I thought I was intended for. the narrator is very monotone

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Written by Captain Obvious...

This book is basically a compilation of all academic terms for the common sense and general knowledge subjects about dogs. I don't think anybody out there needs or wants to know these jargon soup but rather learn the actual way dogs learn. what a waste of time :/

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boring

it was very droning and not engaging at all. it left me very bored and wanting to return it.

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  • Kat
  • 06-05-18

Great Book but....

Really need a hardcopy too for referencing. Also down to personal preference but found the reader hard to listen too at times.

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  • Matthew
  • 02-12-17

A must read for any dog owner/trainer

Great! Full of good science on how dogs learn with lots of practical applications and examples.

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