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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.

An Audible for Dogs Pick: Make your dog's day. Cesar Millan shares how audiobooks can make dogs happier and calmer. Learn more.

©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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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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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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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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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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boring

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

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Is there anything you would change about this book?

I'd change the narrator.

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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.

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Overall an informative book.

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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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Reads like a textbook, not good for audio

This has a lot of good information and I appreciate the bonus pdf materials. Unfortunately, it reads too much like a textbook. The narrator was fine but I don't think this book should have been done as an audiobook. I was also a little disappointed that I didn't get a lot of new information. Much of what was included I already knew. However, for a beginning dog trainer, this would be very helpful.

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First several chapters were on history of training. after getting through that, the valuable applicable areas started.

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  • 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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  • JuPenny
  • 03-08-19

Interesting book

The narration was very stilted, even for a book of this type. The content, however, was excellent. I’m just about to begin listening a second time through as there’s so much to take in!

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  • Magda Drvotova
  • 12-11-18

excellent

loved it. learned loads. narrator's voice is easy to listen to. overall a great book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-05-22

Tedious

If the man narrating this had anymore of a boring voice they could use it to cure insomnia

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  • Cath Morris
  • 06-08-22

Technical learning

Found this to be a very technical, theorised audio book. Completely went over my head and as such. It enjoyable.

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  • Jules
  • 02-04-22

Dreadful!

This book was awful - stilted, robotic narration and the content was pretty terrible too. It was like being read to from a boring text book where they read out the scientific tables. I have no idea who this book would appeal to, but certainly not any pet dog owner. Honestly, it was so bad, that it’s actually annoyed me that I’ve lost several hours of my life that I won’t get back again!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-13-21

Great Book

Really enjoyed this book! Nice easy listen but the voice sounds a little robotic.

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  • Gary Robinson
  • 03-14-21

Mixed feelings.

Contains information about how dogs learn and stresses our responsibility in raising well behaved dogs. I probably learned quite a bit from it. However I think the presentation of the material is patronising and intimidating. I think the narrator probably captures the tone of the written word correctly and there is humour in there but it is sarcastic, which I am normally ok with, but I found it too damning.

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  • Ms Emslar
  • 01-26-20

A Definite for Aspiring Dog Trainers.

Also great for the owner who wants to know more, to understand learning theory and how it applies to the canine world. Great book on Learning and how dogs learn.

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  • MK
  • 07-28-20

loved it

Clear explanations of topics that are often difficult to get your head around. Relevant examples. Useful.

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  • Jacquie Humphrey
  • 08-03-22

How Dogs Learn can transform your goals.

Very interesting and informative, well presented and easy to listen to. I would recommend any dog owner to add this book to their list.