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K9 Professional Training Series

Understand dog behavior to work with, not against, your K9’s instincts

The art and science of training police, military and other service dogs continue to evolve as we learn more about dog behavior. In this revised edition of K9 Behavior Basics, expert dog trainers Dr. Resi Gerritsen, Ruud Haak and Simon Prins share the essentials every trainer needs to know about these advances in K9 training. You’ll learn how to successfully implement or improve your dogs’ training programs using operant conditioning.

The authors outline key concepts in dog behavior and communication and provide practical approaches to operant conditioning. They share proven techniques and solid advice from their more than thirty years of specialized K9 experience. Whether you’re just starting out or are a seasoned pro staying up-to-date, K9 Behavior Basics has something for you.

Learn how to:

  • Recognize and interpret your K9’s expressions, gestures and signals
  • Use operant conditioning to efficiently and humanely train K9s
  • Plan and execute effective training K9 programs for search and detection, patrol, remote guided camera, attack, and more.

Table of Contents

1. Operational service dogs
2. Ancestor wolf
3. Basic concepts in dog behavior
4. Developmental stages and behavior
5. Expressions, gestures, and signals
6. Reading your dog
7. Operant conditioning: Development and basic principles
8. Physical punishment in dog training
9. Training service dogs using operant conditioning

This is an excellent book, and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to understand dog training theory.

Susan Bulanda (sbulanda.com), SAR Dog News, publication of the National Search Dog Alliance (NSDA)

It is like a textbook you would have for a “Police Dog Training 101” college course. I would recommend it to all serious police K9 trainers and handlers as a basic reference.... this book summarizes the information pertinent to police K9 training all in one reference book.

Deborah Palman, Canine Courier, publication of the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA)

This book is a must-read for any serious trainer.

Dr. Sophia Yin, veterinarian/animal behaviorist/author

Resi Gerritsen and Ruud Haak

Dr. Resi Gerritsen and Ruud Haak are world-renowned specialists in K9 training and the authors of more than 30 titles on dog training. They train search and rescue dogs for the International Red Cross and the United Nations (Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs), and they have trained drug and explosive detector dogs for the Dutch police and the Royal Netherlands Air Force. Gerritsen and Haak also serve as judges for the International Rescue Dog Organization.

Simon Prins

Simon Prins has more than 15 years’ experience training police dogs and their trainers in special operations and search and rescue missions. He has special experience designing and employing devices such as feeders, camera systems, laser systems, and radio communications. In 1996, Prins succeeded in training and deploying in operations the first radio- and laser-guided camera dog, Andor. Prins has also developed a total training concept to guide all sorts of police dogs in operations.