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In this book, renowned dog trainer Kathy Sdao reveals how her journey through life and her decades of experience training marine mammals and dogs led her to reject a number of sacred cows including the leadership model of dog training.

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Plenty in Life is Free - Reflections on Dogs, Training and Finding Grace

by Kathy Sdao

What if the secret to great dog training is to be a frequent "feeder" rather than a strong leader? A skilled reinforcer rather than a strict enforcer?

Over the past two decades, countless dog trainers across the world have embraced the liberal use of positive reinforcement. Often accompanying this trend, however, is an underlying emphasis, inherited from more coercive models of dog training, that each human in the family must be the dog's leader. But adopting the role of leader using what is known as the "Nothing in Life is Free" training protocol can result in stifling rules that constrain a person's ability to share affection and attention with their dogs. This focus on human leadership puts the burden on dogs to "earn" their rewards rather than placing the primary responsibility on the humans to be generous, precise, creative "feeders" (i.e. reinforcers).

In this new book, renowned dog trainer Kathy Sdao reveals how her journey through life and her decades of experience training marine mammals and dogs led her to reject a number of sacred cows including the leadership model of dog training. She describes in narrative fashion how she has come to focus her own training philosophy which emphasises developing partnerships in which humans and dogs exchange reinforcements and continually cede the upper hand to one another.

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About the Author:

Kathy Sdao is an Associate Certified Applied Animal Behaviourist who has spent 26 years as a full-time animal trainer. As part of her work toward earning a master's degree in experimental psychology, Kathy trained dolphins at the University of Hawaii's Kewalo Basin Marine Mammal Laboratory. She went on to train dolphins for the United States Department of Defence and to train whales and walruses at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma Washington.

Since 1998 Kathy has owned and managed Bright Spot Dog Training, which provides behaviour modification services for pet owners. She teaches about a dozen seminars annually, for trainers around the world.

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