Shaping Success

Shaping Success

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Subtitle: The Education of an Unlikely Champion
Author: Susan Garrett
Format: Paperback
Length: 248 pages
Release Date: 2005

Why reinvent the wheel? Shaping Success contains a career's worth of training experience. From puppy basics like recalls, rear end awareness, and distraction training to games for building motivation to a step-by-step program for training incredibly reliable contacts and weave poles, Shaping Success shares the training program of one of the world's most respected dog trainers, Susan Garrett. The book covers both controlling drive and building drive, and it includes an explanation of Susan's world-famous contact training and 2x2 weave pole training methods. Plus, it's an entertaining and thought-provoking read that dog owners as well as serious dog trainers will enjoy.

About the Author
Susan Garrett's interest in animal behavior started at the University of Guelph where she earned a BSc in Animal Science. Since then, she has developed into a pre-eminent canine sports instructor and competitor. Each dog Susan has competed with in agility has made at least one appearance in the finals of a national event. In total, her dogs have over 50 top ten placements at national agility championships including 13 first-place finishes. Susan and her dog, DeCaff, won the Gold Medal in both the Individual All Round Championship and the Biatholon Event at the 2006 IFCS World Championships.

Shaping Success contains the following chapters and appendixes:

  • A Glimpse into the Science of Dog Training
  • The Decision
  • The Homecoming
  • Let the Games Begin
  • Building and Controlling Drive
  • Controlling the Out of Control
  • Solid Sits and Rocketing Recalls
  • Foundation for Legendary Contacts
  • Tunnel-maniac
  • Transforming the Boring into the Electrifying
  • Whatever Keeps You Going
  • Striving for Self-Control Near Distractions
  • Taking the Show on the Road
  • Managing Obsessions
  • Weave Pole Training
  • A Lesson in the "H" of DASH
  • The Power of the Toy
  • A Skill in Need of a "Do Over"
  • Weave Away
  • Developing the Buzz-saw
  • Sequencing at Last
  • A Dog Can't Learn on Obstacles Alone
  • Buzz's Agility Debut
  • Smoothing Out the Rough Spots
  • An Agility Career Unfolds
  • A Lesson in Reinforcement
  • Buzzy's Imperfection
  • The Danger of Labels
  • Never Say Never
  • An Unkind Father Time
  • Defining Success
  • The Buzz I Know and Love
  • Training Build on Success
  • Shaping Success with a Head Halter
  • Weaving 2x2: A New Approach to Training Your Dog to Weave
  • Time-Outs: The Use and Misuse of Negative Punishment

"Written by one of the world’s best dog trainers, Shaping Success gives an excellent explanation of the theory behind animal learning. Buzzy’s story both entertains and demonstrates how to apply some of the most up-to-date dog training methods in the real world."  —Greg Derrett, Twice Great Britain's Agility Handler of the Year

"It's rare that a trainer shares his or her mistakes as well as successes. Susan presents a great mix of training theory, practical application, and "Buzzy" stories. I read this book in one day, but I will use these lessons for a lifetime!  —Terry Smorch, 12-time national agility champion

"Susan Garrett’s training program is an elegant demonstration of errorless learning. She puts sound learning theory into practice."  —Pam Reid, Ph.D., Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist, Director ASPCA Animal Behavior Center

"A heartfelt journey that will appeal to anyone desiring a relationship with his canine partner. Susan reminds us it is the process that is important and to focus on the reason we got a dog in the first place."  —Debbie Zappia, 2003 USA National Shutzhund Champion, 2004 Silver Medalist WUSV World Schutzhund Championships

"This book is inspiring and packed full of useful, practical training information along with a really good story. Reading (and re-reading) this caused me to completely rethink my training program and helped me understand why some of my previous tactics were not working as well as I wished. My dogs thank you Susan!"  —Cheryl H., Washington

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