TOWARD THE PH.D. FOR DOGS: Obedience Training from Novice Through Utility by Robert J. & Napoleon A. Chagnon Martin

TOWARD THE PH.D. FOR DOGS: Obedience Training from Novice Through Utility

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A tough bone-and-gristle course for those dead serious about training a dog for AKC Obedience Trials, show or immaculate domestic behavior. The book heels meekly to the official Obedience Trial regimen and the authors promise that the most recently revised regulations have been included. As for the step-by-step workouts, there's no folderol about dog psychology--except an occasional guess as to what is going on in the canine head: when the dog is suddenly pulled off balance by the silent, dispassionate handler, the dog will blame himself for his unhappy position. Mmmm. The book offers a complete curriculum for CD and UD degrees, plus appendices with relevant AKC regulations and plans for constructing jumping equipment. The audience for this is somewhat difficult to define. Obedience Trial buffs will probably prefer actual class work to the printed word and photographs; the average dog owner, who might like to try the circuit, or would like to have Caesar render unto him more than mere irritation, will discover soon enough that the authors do nothing to relieve that nervous tension that so many amateur handlers transmit down the leash. Novices would be better off reading Siegal & Margolis' Good Dog, Bad Dog (1974), but this may be satisfactory brush-up material.

Pub Date: Nov. 14th, 1975
Publisher: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich