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Dog Sports Skills Book 2: Motivation

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I am delighted to announce that as of one week ago, the second book in the “Dog Sports Skills” series has been released and is now available!  Initial reviews are very enthusiastic:).

The book is currently only available at The Dog Athlete (my sales website).  If you purchase both book 1 and 2 at the same time in a series pack, you’ll get a bit of a discount, so take a look at that option.  There are also discounts for group orders of five or more books, so it might make sense to get together with a few friends.

Here is the write-up and the Table of Contents from the website.  Let us know what you think of the book!

 

This is the second book in the award winning “Dog Sports Skills” series by Denise Fenzi and Deborah Jones; this time the topic is Motivation!

Title: Dog Sports Skills, Book 2: Motivation

Authors:  Denise Fenzi and Deborah Jones

Foreword by: Ken Ramirez

Subject Matter:

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 educated 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 student 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 stand-alone 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 very deep respect and understanding for another living being.

Dog Sport Skills, Book 2: Motivation

by Denise Fenzi & Deborah Jones, Ph.D. Copyright 2014

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Preface…………………………………………………………….. 9

About Denise Fenzi & Deb Jones …………………….. 12

Foreword ………………………………………………………… 13

 

 

Chapter 1: Motivation and Learning …………………………………….. 15

What is Motivation………………………………………….. 15

Operant Conditioning …………………………………….. 17

 

 

Chapter 2: The Dog, But Not the Chicken……………………………… 23

The Problem Is ………………………………………………… 25

Beyond Clean Training……………………………………. 26

Everything in Moderation ………………………………. 28

The Solution: Social Interaction……………………….. 31

Conclusion………………………………………………………. 32

 

 

Chapter 3: Types of Motivators……………………………………………… 35

Classic Rewards………………………………………………. 35

Food ……………………………………………………………….. 35

Tug Toys………………………………………………………….. 36

Life Rewards …………………………………………………… 37

Alternative or traditional Rewards……………… 38

Conclusion………………………………………………………. 41

 

 

Chapter 4: Creating Motivators …………………………………………….. 43

Training Motivators – Operant Conditioning…… 43

Creating Motivators – Classical Associations …… 45

Classical Conditioning Affects Everything ……… 47

Conclusion………………………………………………………. 51

 

 

Chapter 5: Factors Affecting Motivation ……………………………….. 53

The Relative Nature of Motivation ………………….. 53

The Power of Choice ……………………………………….. 57

Stress and Motivation ……………………………………… 59

Conclusion………………………………………………………. 61

 

 

Chapter 6: Changing the Value of a Motivator ………………………. 63

Methods for Changing Value ………………………….. 63

Additional Considerations ………………………………. 65

Environmental Considerations ……………………….. 66

The Subtle Art of Redirection………………………….. 67

Conclusion………………………………………………………. 69

 

Chapter 7: Changing Criteria without Losing Motivation……… 71

Improve the Quality of the Behavior……………….. 72

Work Under Adversity ……………………………………. 72

Ask for More Repetitions ………………………………… 73

Raising Criteria for Continuous Behaviors………. 75

Thinking Beyond Exercises …………………………….. 76

Moving Beyond Reinforcements ……………………… 77

Silence: Stressful or Golden …………………………….. 78

Conclusion………………………………………………………. 79

 

 

Chapter 8: Maintaining Motivation When Your Dog is Wrong 81

Non-Reward Markers: Neutral or Not?……………. 81

Using NRM’s Correctly …………………………………… 83

Teaching the NRM ………………………………………….. 85

The Cheerful Interrupter…………………………………. 86

Using the Cheerful Interrupter with Heeling ….. 88

Conclusion………………………………………………………. 90

 

 

Chapter 9: Temperament and Motivation ……………………………… 91

What is Temperament? ……………………………………. 91

Temperament Tests …………………………………………. 92

Developing Motivators in a Puppy ………………….. 94

Less Than Ideal Temperament…………………………. 96

The Impossible Training Problem ……………………. 98

Conclusion………………………………………………………. 99

 

 

Chapter 10: Case Studies on Motivating Different Temperament Types ……… 101

Sadie: Asking the Right Questions ………………….. 101

Jack: The High Drive Bro…………………………………. 104

Sydney: The Cool Cucumber …………………………… 106

Lacy: The Fragile Nerd ……………………………………. 107

Jem: The Fearful Friend …………………………………… 109

Fred: The Enthusiastic Explorer ………………………. 110

Tony: The Chow Hound ………………………………….. 113

Cracker: The Big Bully …………………………………….. 115

Pickles: The Small and Nervous………………………. 118

Conclusion………………………………………………………. 119

 

 

Chapter 11: Case Studies on Motivation and Problem Solving 121

Problem One: Retrieve…………………………………….. 122

Dog #1: Zen …………………………………………………….. 122

Dog #2: Morgan………………………………………………. 123

Dog #3: Star …………………………………………………….. 123

Problem Two: Sit Stay Exercise ………………………… 124

Dog #1: Hannah ……………………………………………… 124

Dog #2: Katie…………………………………………………… 125

Dog #3: Harvey……………………………………………….. 126

Problem Three: Forging in Heel ………………………. 127

Dog #1: Race……………………………………………………. 127

Dog #2: Dash…………………………………………………… 128

Dog #3: Dare …………………………………………………… 129

Problem Four: Directed Retrieve……………………… 130

Dog #1: Copper ……………………………………………….. 130

Dog #2: Max ……………………………………………………. 131

Dog #3: Quackers ……………………………………………. 132

Problem Five: Teeter ………………………………………… 133

Dog #1: Smudge………………………………………………. 133

Dog #2: Bruiser ……………………………………………….. 134

Dog #3: Bay …………………………………………………….. 135

Problem Six: Hold and Bark in IPO …………………. 136

Dog #1: Lox …………………………………………………….. 136

Dog #2: Soja…………………………………………………….. 137

Dog #3: Lewis …………………………………………………. 138

Conclusion………………………………………………………. 139

About dfenzi

I'm a professional dog trainer who specializes in building relationship in dog handler teams who compete in dog sports. My personal passions are Competitive Obedience and no force (motivational) dog training. I travel throughout the world teaching seminars on topics related to Dog Obedience and Building Drives and Motivation. I own Fenzi Dog Sports Academy, a comprehensive online school for motivational training of performance sport dogs.

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  1. If you live outside of the US, books are available in the following international locations:

    For Orders in the U.K and Europe, please contact: http://www.dogbooksonline.co.uk. E-mail inquiries may be sent to: enquiries@dogbooksonline.co.uk

    For Orders in Canada, please contact: Mungo’s Books at mungosbooks@platinum.ca

    For orders in South Africa, please contact: http://www.performancedog.za/

    For Orders in Australia, please order at http://www.politepaws.com.au/store/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=142_147

    If you live in another country and can get a large order together (at least 15 books with book one and book two combined), contact me directly and we’ll see if a direct sale is possible.

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  2. Hi. I would so love to have your books 1 and 2 and processed my order only to find they can not be sent to my address in Wales UK, Will there be any available at the Clicker Expo in October in Manchester UK please? Thank you Iris Maxfield.

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  3. Hi Denise, can you please give a price on Book1/2 posted to Queensland Australia 4818 as an Obedience Instructor and trialing I have only been with you a few months and I like what I read you have some very good training methods which interest me a lot.

    Many thanks Pat Cecil

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