Item description for Training Dogs, A Manual by Konrad Most...
Today's dog trainer can trace the roots of modern training to Training Dogs by Colonel Konrad Most. Written in Germany in 1910, Training Dogs influenced how both dogs and trainers were taught in Europe and the United States for the next 50 years! It contains valuable and historically significant information.
21st century trainers and behaviorists will find it amazing to realized that early in the 20th century Konrad Most was using and applying behavioral training principles with dogs long before B.F. Skinner! Most also created systematic and scientific methods to teach trainers how to train the dog and his "theory of Training" is a classic in the field. While Most's methods may be viewed harsh by modern dog trainers, the theory behind it was revolutionary for it's time and still applied today.
"We are in luck if, in training a dog, we can use his instincts as a basis for what we require. For the more instinctive an action is, the more reliable it will be."-Konrad Most
Here is what today's dog trainers say about Training Dogs:
"Most demonstrated an understanding of operant conditioning concepts such as primary and secondary reinforcement, shaping, fading and chaining 28 years before the publication of B.F. Skinner's The Behavior of Organisms. He differentiated between primary and secondary reinforcers. He used his voice and soft tones as secondary inducements, much the way some trainers use clickers today." Mary R. Burch and Jon S. Bailey, How Dogs Learn, 1999, Howell Book House, A Division of Hungry Minds, Inc.
"Although some of Most's methods seem archaic and harsh in this enlightened age of positive training, some of the theory he set forth was years ahead of its time. Knowing where training came from helps us appreciate where we are today." Sheila Booth, author of Purely Positive and co-author of Schutzhund Obedience Training In Drive.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.25" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2000
Publisher Dogwise Publishing
ISBN 192924200X ISBN13 9781929242009
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More About Konrad Most
Most was a police dog, war dog and seeing-eye dog trainer in Germany.
Reviews - What do customers think about Training Dogs, A Manual?
Total Transformation Jan 27, 2008
My adopted Malamute (very difficult dogs at times) only listened to my commands (sit, down, stay) when he was on a leash and when he felt like it. "Come here"? Forget it, leash or no leash, he didn't listen to that one at all. Oh, and he always jumped on counters, yes, even while I was in the room at times.
6 months of problems I've had with this dog practically disappeared in the one week I've been putting this book in practice, and he's still learning.
He was a spoiled princess who couldn't be trained with "positive" methods, but by following the stricter methods in this book, he actually took things more seriously. He's now more attentive than ever before, comes when called and responds to orders. A bit slow on responding to the orders sometimes, but the transformation alone is enough for me to want to put this book on some kind of alter though. Honestly. Hahaha.
I did have difficulties understanding some parts in the book straight away, but I really do recommend this book.
5+ stars, man.
Best dog training book. Sep 2, 2005
The translation is a little rough because it is about fifty years old. But overall this book is hands down the best book for training a dog to listen every time. If you are tired of the positive pet programs that both you and your pet are sick of then this book will put you on the path to a happier dog owner and pet. But listen be careful because if you read this and then only put part of it into practice then the results are your fault.
The Bible for Modern Dog Trainers May 13, 2002
Konrad Most is famous worldwide for his theory and principles of dog training which is still used widely today, even though many dog training methods has changed, the principles are still very much the same. This book is excellent for those that wish to learn more about their dogs and those that are studying the principles of how to train a dog. Col. Konrad Most is also known as the father of modern dog training and understanding his philosophy of dog training would be very beneficial for those that are keen in such discipline.
A Psychological Cornerstone In Dog Training & Behaviour May 9, 2002
I have been a Police Dog Handler with the Australian Air Force for over 23 years and this book still remains my bible. Other training books tell you 'how', this book explains the 'how' AND the 'why'. The fact that it was written so long ago misleads a lot of people into thinking it may be out of date.... It's no more out of date than the Constitution or the Bill of Rights. Other new age training methods may come and go but the methodology described by Konrad Most has been taken up by many others like William Koehler and is still used in over 90% of Police & Service Dog agencies around the world.
I highly recommend this book to any professional trainer or enthusiast who wishes to really understand the psychological principles behind how and why a dog works. By understanding these techniques you will be able to look at other less efficient methods and see why they fall short when it comes to speed, reliability of response and the ability of a dog to work at peak performance under duress situations.
the best "serious" dog training book Jan 25, 2000
this book is for the serious dog trainer and should be the bible of dog training. The translation from german to english is a little rough but worth the effort.