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Dog Sports Skills, Book 2: Motivation

Dog Sports Skills, Book 2: Motivation




Authors: Denise Fenzi and Deborah Jones, Ph.D.
Format: Paperback, 8.5" x 11"
Length: 152 pages
Release Date: 2014

In this second book in the "Dog Sports Skills" series, authors Denise Fenzi and Deb Jones take an in-depth look at the topic of motivation. They talk about what motivation is, and what it is not, along with an illuminating discussion of how a dog is unique in the animal world, and how trainers can use that to maximum advantage. They consider a range of options for motivating our dogs and how a trainer can raise or lower the value of specific motivators to get the exact training effect that may be desired at a given time.

Temperament is discussed as it relates to issues of motivation to help the reader understand the strong interplay between temperament, motivation, and training decisions.

In addition to explaining how to use motivators in training, this book provides specific information on how to reduce their use so that you can eventually get into the competition ring!

Finally, they provide case studies—lots of them! The purpose of the case studies is both to cement what the reader has learned in the first chapters and also to help the reader understand how to analyze specific situations and make a plan to apply the concepts.

A trainer who reads both this book and the first book in the series will begin to develop a deeper understanding of the author's underlying philosophy and approach. Each book is more than a standalone resource; they are pieces of a puzzle that will eventually weave into a tapestry of concepts, thoughts, and applications that create both excellence in training and a deep respect and understanding for another living being.

About Denise Fenzi & Deb Jones
Chapter 1: Motivation and Learning
What is Motivation
Operant Conditioning
Chapter 2: The Dog, But Not the Chicken
The Problem Is
Beyond Clean Training
Everything in Moderation
The Solution: Social Interaction
Chapter 3: Types of Motivators
Classic Rewards
Tug Toys
Life Rewards
Alternative or Traditional Rewards
Chapter 4: Creating Motivators
Training Motivators - Operant Conditioning
Creating Motivators - Classical Associations
Classical Conditioning Affects Everything
Chapter 5: Factors Affecting Motivation
The Relative Nature of Motivation
The Power of Choice
Stress and Motivation
Chapter 6: Changing the Value of a Motivator
Methods for Changing Value 
Additional Considerations
Environmental Considerations
The Subtle Art of Redirection
Chapter 7: Changing Criteria without Losing Motivation
Improve the Quality of the Behavior
Work Under Adversity
Ask for More Repetitions
Raising Criteria for Continuous Behaviors
Thinking Beyond Exercises
Moving Beyond Reinforcements
Silence: Stressful or Golden
Chapter 8: Maintaining Motivation When Your Dog is Wrong
Non-Reward Markers: Neutral or Not?
Using NRM’s Correctly
Teaching the NRM
The Cheerful Interrupter
Using the Cheerful Interrupter with Heeling
Chapter 9: Temperament and Motivation 
What is Temperament?
Temperament Tests
Developing Motivators in a Puppy
Less Than Ideal Temperament
The Impossible Training Problem
Chapter 10: Case Studies on Motivating Different Temperament Types
Sadie: Asking the Right Questions
Jack: The High Drive Bro
Sydney: The Cool Cucumber
Lacy: The Fragile Nerd
Jem: The Fearful Friend
Fred: The Enthusiastic Explorer
Tony: The Chow Hound 
Cracker: The Big Bully
Pickles: The Small and Nervous
Chapter 11: Case Studies on Motivation and Problem Solving
Problem One: Retrieve
Dog #1: Zen
Dog #2: Morgan
Dog #3: Star
Problem Two: Sit Stay Exercise
Dog #1: Hannah
Dog #2: Katie
Dog #3: Harvey
Problem Three: Forging in Heel
Dog #1: Race
Dog #2: Dash
Dog #3: Dare
Problem Four: Directed Retrieve
Dog #1: Copper 
Dog #2: Max
Dog #3: Quackers
Problem Five: Teeter
Dog #1: Smudge
Dog #2: Bruiser 
Dog #3: Bay
Problem Six: Hold and Bark in IPO
Dog #1: Lox
Dog #2: Soja
Dog #3: Lewis