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James Akenhead, ED.D.
James Akenhead, ED.D.
Professional Dog Trainer

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Thoughtful Owners, Great Dogs
Canine Behavior & Training A Triadic Approach

by James Akenhead, ED.D.


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Table of Contents

Section 1. Overview
     The Triadic Approach
     Two Species, Two Components
     My Approach
     Client Concerns
     Personal Orientation
     Research Is Valuable
     Black Swans
     Personal Models
     Writing Style
          About Learning
          Blissful Ignorance
          I’m Uncomfortable
          I’ve Got It
          Smooth and Integrated

Section 2. Before You Start Training
     Professional Trainers and Behaviorists
     Aren’t There Just Good and Bad Dogs?
     Basic Issues for Puppy and Dog Owners
          Veterinarian Relationship
          Dog License
          Purchase or Adoption Contract
          Rides in Cars
          Dog Food
          A Safe House
          The Crate

Section 3. Common Concerns
     My Dog Has Issues
     My Dog Is Hyper
     Mental Health Issues
     Separation Anxiety
          Cases Examples: Separation Anxiety
     Nipping and Play Biting
     The Aggression Factor
     Owner Fear
     Multiple Dog Families
          Case Example: Father and Son
     Family Protection
     Good Obedience
     Canine Intelligence
     Developing a Relationship

Section 4. Play and Exercise
     Exercise: Can’t Live Without It
          Case Example: Dog Choice
     Rough Play
     Playing Tug
          Get the Most Out of Toys!

Section 5. Finding a Training Plan
     When to Begin Training
     Puppy School
     Group Classes
     Private Lessons
     Training in Your Home
     In-Kennel Training
     The Most Important Consideration
     Locating Trainers
     Picking Your Training Team
          Case Example: Stop Jumping
     Analyze Your Options
     Supplements and Medication

Section 6. Assessing What’s Real
     The Map Is Not the Territory
          Case Example: “No”
     Why You Should Care
     Traditional Training
     Contemporary Training
          Case Example: 4-H
     The Extremes
     Your Choice
     Bias Influences Choice
          Case Example: Dysfunction
     Examine Your Bias

Section 7. Know Thyself
     Identifying Our Own Style
     Style Descriptions
          In Charge
     A Best Style
     Getting It Done vs. Feeling Good
     Style, Comfort and Competence
     What Dogs Want

Section 8. Our Inner Voice
     The Voice That Haunts Us
     A Computer-Based Analogy
     Growing Up
     Evaluating Our Programming
          Case Example: Beliefs About Training
     Just the Facts, Please

Section 9. Beginning the Work
     Waiver and Release
     The Complexity of Liability
          Case Example: Dog Evaluation
     Getting to Know Your Dog
     The Interview
     Protocol: A Structure for Doing Things

Section 10. A Structure for Training
     Explanation of Training Approaches
     An Indisputable Truth
     Positive Reinforcement
          The Dog’s Perception
     Accumulating Chips
     Fear and Feelings
     Stages of Development
     Meeting People
     Rule of Thumb
     One-Trial Learning
          Case Example: Electronic Collar
     Housetraining High Points
          How to Schedule
          Sample Schedule
          Amount of Food and Water
          Age of Accomplishment
          Older Dogs
     The Human-Canine Relationship
          The Communication Gap
          Family Structure

Section 11. Foundation Blocks
     Leadership and Bonding
     Symbolic Feeding
          Quality and Quantity of Food
          Symbolic Feeding Procedure
     Massage: Body Desensitization
     Furniture and Beds

Section 12. Relationship and Structure
     Formal and Informal Life
     Picking Cues
          Case Example: Baseball
     What’s in It for the Dog?
     Basic Training Equipment
          Leashes and Long Lines
          Head Halter
          Flat Collar
          Limited Slip Collar
          Slip Collar
          Prong or Good Dog Collar
          Electronic Collars
     Is the Clicker Quicker?

Section 13. Context for Training
     Prevention, Management and Training
     Creativity and Planning
          Case Example: Welcoming Guests
          Case Example: Stealing Food
     Managing the Environment
          Dogs as Environment
          Rehearsing Behavior
     Three Ways We Relate to Dogs
          Case Example: The Jumper
          Case Example: All Dressed Up

Section 14. Fundamental Cues
     The Cue and the Action
     Do You Need a “Stay” Cue?
     Release Cue, “Okay”
     “Wait” Cue
     “Good Girl” and “Good Boy”
     The Reinforcer
          Primary Reinforcers
          Secondary Reinforcers
          Variable and Random Reinforcement
          Random Treating
          Nickel Slots Players
          Expected Hits
          Your Part
          The Rattling Treat Bag
          The Lure
     “Sit” Position
     “Down” Position
     Generalizing the Cue

Section 15. Dogs on Leash
     Leash Signals
     Puppies on Leash
     Leash Walking
     Teaching the Leash Walk
     Dogs Off Leash
     Moving Forward

Section 16. Attention and Recall
     Attention Work
          Step One: Charge-Up
          Step Two: Turn-Look
          Step Three: Final Focus
     The Recall
          Informal Recall
          Formal Recall
     Training Sequence: Formal Recall

Section 17. Solidifying “Sit” and “Down”
     The Crossroads
     What Is Awkwardness?
     Duration in the “Down” and “Sit”
     No Awkwardness
     Nonverbal Hand and Body Signals as Cues
     Teaching Nonverbal Signals

Section 18. Home Base and Time Out
     A Portable Home Base
     Defining the Cue
     Steps to Home Base
     Time Out

Section 19. Problem Solving
     Behavior vs. Labels
     Solving Problems

Section 20. Intuition
     A Rational Basis
     Intuition and Reality
     The Reliability of Intuition
     A Structure to Work With Intuition
     Where Intuition Takes Place
     Enhancing Intuition
     Most Important
     Results of the Intuitive Effort
     Complementing Intuition
     In “The Zone”
     Risk Assessment

Section 21. Final Words
     Please Be Clear
     A Consistent Teaching Approach
     Nothing Takes Place in a Vacuum

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