A few weeks ago, I met a friend of mine by chance in the vet office. My friend had a hard time taking Lucy for walks because the dog pulled and dragged her around like a sack of potato. I immediately recommended obedience classes for her and the pooch. A couple of days later, my friend called again and asked me what I think about the Koehler method of dog training.
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Please note that this pertains only to the first section of the book on guard dog training, not the section on obedience training, which I did not read.
Along those same lines, many dogs a simply not cut out for the job, so much of the work goes into working on good candidates, not trying to "make" guard dogs out of unfit or unwilling animals. In several cases he defends dogs who did not behave as expected such as biting people , and rightly attributes it to the ineffective or misguided training of the handler.
However, his condemnation of police captains and precincts that do not employ canine units would hardly win anyone over. He should leave the social commentary for another text, or better yet to keep it to himself. This is a classic that is highly sought after in the used book market. It was not written for the typical dog owner who seeks to train a soft dog basic obedience. Koehler is writing for people who will rely on working dogs to save their lives and protect property.
He cares about his dogs Fifty years ago, Koehler was a trail blazer. And, without relying on food rewards which you then need to transition away from with a working dog. Koehler masterfully uses classical conditioning -- reward and consequence. The dog causes the reward for correct choice and the consequence for the wrong choice. Or, with no reward, there is extinction of an undesired behavior. The key is to make sure the dog knows what to do.
And, get the right dog. Koehler walks us through all this. Again, a classic text. You cannot go wrong with Koehler.
He had more experience than all these modern experts put together. But, importantly, this book is NOT for obedience training a typical home dog where softer methods would be far more appropriate.
This is a book for protection and guard dog training only.
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