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Byte, 19 days old


Meet Byte. She’s going to be the new member of my family. She’s a German Shepherd puppy, one of my favorite breeds of dogs. At the moment she’s 19 days old and still with her mom and litter mates. In my house, there are already three other dogs (which were originally my sister’s) and two humans, mom and I.

I found this next fragment looking for quotes about dogs, but couldn’t find the author. Everywhere I found it, it was attributed to Anonymous or Unknown author. I find it very nice and wanted to share.

Unknown Author:

He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion.

I love animals. I decided to train my dogs for this reason, specially Byte when she comes home. Why? Because living with a dog, is training a dog. Some people train their dogs only by having them around, some decide to use a method. The result of all the interactions with your dog is what’s going to produce a well-mannered or ill-mannered dog in the end.

A well behaved dog, to me, is going to be a happier dog, because he/she will have a lot less restrictions, more play-time, more socialization and all that, because he/she behaves within human standards. To achieve that, I’ll use a method; the method I’ve selected is Progressive Reinforcement Training.

To document myself I’ve started reading a couple of books, and watching videos on this, so that I can provide the best environment possible for our pets.

The books I’ve started reading are:

  • Miller, Pat B.. Positive perspectives: love your dog, train your dog. Wenatchee, Wash.: Dogwise Pub., 2004. ( ISBN-13: 978-1929242153 )
  • Pryor, Karen. Don’t shoot the dog!: the new art of teaching and training. Rev. ed. New York: Bantam Books, 1999. ( ISBN-13: 978-0553380392 )
  • Ramirez, Ken. Animal training: successful animal management through positive reinforcement. Chicago, IL: Shedd Aquarium, 1999. ( ISBN-13: 978-0961107499 )
  • Reid, Pamela J.. Excel-erated learning: explaining in plain English how dogs learn and how best to teach them. Berkeley, Calif.: James & Kenneth, 1996. ( ISBN-13: 978-1888047073 )
  • Rugaas, Turid. On talking terms with dogs: calming signals. 2nd ed. Wenatchee, Wash.: Dogwise Pub., 2006. ( ISBN-13: 978-1929242368 )

These books are recommended by @pamelamarxsen (Pamela Johnson) and @dogmantics (Emily Larlham, also known as kikopup), two professional dog trainers. Pamela’s been of great help via messages we’ve exchanged on clearing some of my doubts, making recommendations and providing lots of encouragement. I haven’t had a lot of communication with Emily because she’s normally very busy. Both trainers have their youtube channels, websites and blogs that provide useful information and can serve as a very nice reference of what you can achieve and how to achieve it using Progressive Reinforcement Training.

Here are the links to their sites:

You can expect me to post on my progress and experiences about this later. Please send any and all suggestions, questions, and/or comments, they are all welcome