Attitude – Important in Dog Training

Below I posted video references from Khan University for summaries of all the concepts of “Attitude” from a social psychology point of view.  I also posted the full versions of all videos, reference to the William Koehler book, and links to the Noth Carolina Highway Patrol incident mentioned in the video.

It is best to watch the videos in the order I posted after watching the stream to best tie together how Attitude ties into the dog training profession.

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Please be familiar with the North Carolina Highway Patrol K-9 incident before watching more videos:

Read the Wikipedia article here: READ

Also, read the article and watch the video located HERE

You can research more information by clicking on the links in the Wikipedia references.

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Read the Koehler Method of Guard Dog Training pages 270-300.  Keep in mind that this embedded version has some obvious typos and the page numbers do not correlate with the print version of the book.

This book is one the most popular dog training books ever written. The obedience section which was first published in 1962 is still very popular today and still boasts a 4 1/2 star rating on Amazon in all versions of the book.

It is arguably one of the most influential dog training books in history.  The techniques and the ATTITUDES that are portrayed throughout William (Bill) Koehler’s writing have been inherited by generations of new trainers, especially in the working dog world.

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  1. I know I’m super far behind everyone else, but I just wanted to comment on this replay. I think attitude is what I’m struggling with the most as a new trainer. I’m very emotional when it comes to animals and also had a bad experience with a trainer I was working under with the ecollars. I tend to really lean more toward the positive training; watching YouTube channels like Kikopup, but I know you’ve said before that this kind of training may not be the most effective. Can you get results without using the ecollar?

    1. Hi Sierra, people have been training dogs for centuries without the use of ecollars so you can definitely get results without them, and they are not necessary for training dogs for just about any task.
      Ecollars used correctly, however, can be arguably the most humane way to provide an aversive as a punishment during off-leash tasks or when higher levels of an aversive are necessary.
      For sure, they are not meant to be a replacement for anything you would see in a kikopup video.
      An ecollar is meant to be a replacement for older versions of off-leash punishment such as throw chains or older types of ecollars that use only high levels.
      If a training plan does not require punishment than ecollars are not necessary, but it all depends on what a trainer wants to accomplish.
      An ecollar, like a scalpel blade, can be used incorrectly and abused very easily, which is why I do this course. Used the right way, a trainer shouldn’t feel conflicted about its use.
      Hopefully, if you make it through all the streams you will see that training tools are a small part of training. It is the trainer that really matters and if you know what you are doing you can pick and choose whatever tools you feel most comfortable with. All have pros and cons.