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build a book list!

Postby Gatorpit » Thu Sep 16, 2010 8:01 am

I'm about to start my education in training and behaviour in ernest.

So far, my knowledge is based on sources provided by, or linked to on this forum, a few books I read years ago, lots of experience working around all kinds of animals, and a "knack" for reading an animal's behaviors.

Since I actually want to "be" a behavioral consultant...it's gonna take more than that.

I'm looking into educational programs to help with this...so far Animal Behavioral College is the only one I can find.

I contacted the IAABC to ask if they could reccomend any programs...or if "independant" study and practice was the way to go.

For seminars and such...which are an ongoing requirement...I don't need to be enrolled in any official school or training program.

So, to get started, I'm about to hit up Amazon.com for some reading material.

If you guys could list some good books or authors of currant practices and such, I would really appreciate it. Real good in-depth stuff...not just how to teach basic commands.

Thanks a bunch! :))

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Re: build a book list!

Postby Gatorpit » Thu Sep 16, 2010 8:10 am

I'm pretty much buying everything by Patricia B. McConnel...

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Postby Gatorpit » Thu Sep 16, 2010 8:31 am

Karen Pryor and Ian Dunbar.

Am I missing anybody?

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Postby Gatorpit » Thu Sep 16, 2010 9:19 am

These are going on my first order.

When Pigs Fly!: Training Success with Impossible Dogs - Jane Killion

On Talking Terms With Dogs: Calming Signals - Turid Rugaas

Don't Shoot the Dog!: The New Art of Teaching and Training - Karen Pryor

The Culture Clash: A Revolutionary New Way to Understanding the Relationship Between Humans and Domestic Dogs - Jean Donaldson

The Dog's Mind: Understanding Your Dog's Behavior - Bruce Fogle

The Cautious Canine - Patricia B. McConnell

The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs - Patricia B. McConnell

How to be the Leader of the Pack...And have Your Dog Love You For It. - Patricia B. McConnell

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Postby Inaras mom » Thu Sep 16, 2010 10:58 am

I've heard some not so good things about ABC but have no personal experience with them. I know CASI is supposed to be a fantastic school - I think Red may go there?

Book-wise, my holy bible of dog books is Brenda Aloff's "Canine Body Language" book.

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Postby Stormi » Thu Sep 16, 2010 11:36 am

CASI is your best resource for online education. The professors there are highly acedemically educated in behavioral science and experianced, and have wonderful cirriculums and diploma programs. ABC is rather haphazzard and really has no official training method they teach. It all depends on who you end up doing your externship with as to what you learn, and there's no guarantee it's going to be at all science-based. The Animal Behavioral Society has a whole list of approved educators on thier website if you're looking for all the decent options.

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Postby Gatorpit » Thu Sep 16, 2010 11:43 am

That one's on my "next" list.

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Postby Gatorpit » Thu Sep 16, 2010 11:45 am

Stormi wrote:CASI is your best resource for online education. The professors there are highly acedemically educated in behavioral science and experianced, and have wonderful cirriculums and diploma programs. ABC is rather haphazzard and really has no official training method they teach. It all depends on who you end up doing your externship with as to what you learn, and there's no guarantee it's going to be at all science-based. The Animal Behavioral Society has a whole list of approved educators on thier website if you're looking for all the decent options.



Thank you Stormi and Inari's Mom!

I was pretty doubtfull of ABC myself and wanted more options. For some reason my web searches were coming up fruitless.

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Postby Mya&theSiebenDackels » Thu Sep 16, 2010 11:56 am

I love this book and recommend it to help understand Canine Body Language. It has taught me a lot and it a pretty big book.

http://www.amazon.com/Canine-Body-Langu ... 090&sr=1-1

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Postby Stormi » Thu Sep 16, 2010 12:01 pm

Oh, and the sticky thread Red wrote up describing the different types of "behaviorists" has some great links, including that of the ABS website :)

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Re: build a book list!

Postby Gatorpit » Thu Sep 16, 2010 12:54 pm

I think I'm gonna go with this:

Diploma of Canine Behavior Science and Technology (Dip.CBST)
http://www.casinstitute.com/dipcbst.html


It's significantly cheaper than ABC's program...though it doesn't include books (because it uses REAL books instead of photocopied binders). It also does not include an "internship". But considering with ABC, I'm likely to end up with a PetCo trainer, I don't really see a huge problem with this.

I can pay to be set up with an internship, but they only have one person in the southeast region, so it's not like there's one locally.

I could get myself in as a volunteer with one of the local private trainers fairly easily I think, as far as hands on, real wrld experience.

It's also far more indepth as far as the scientific behavioral stuff than ABC, which focuses pretty much entirely on the mechanics of training.

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Postby WackyJacki » Thu Sep 16, 2010 2:23 pm

Best of luck to you on your new venture!! :thumbsup:

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Re: build a book list!

Postby HappyPuppy » Fri Sep 17, 2010 4:43 pm

Control Unleashed (???) - that one is on my list...

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Postby PitBull-Lady » Fri Sep 17, 2010 10:26 pm

Patricia Miller has good stuff too.


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