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William E. Campbell, Off-Lead Magazine, July 1999
Everyone who deals with people and dogs should have at least two copies of TEAMWORK.
Quest Magazine, 1998
Specific instructions are given for those who are ambulatory, those who use power wheelchairs and those at stages in-between.
Petdogs magazine, 1998
TEAMWORK brings hope to large numbers of people who want a dog but thought they couldn't handle (the training).
TEAMWORK is a dog training manual written specifically for people with disabilities to be able to train their own dog to assist them as a service dog in their daily lives. TEAMWORK teaches our method of positive reinforcement training, canine behavior and basic obedience training. The next step, teaching your dog the service exercises, such as retrieving dropped objects, turning on lights, etc. are taught in TEAMWORK II. Both books are also available on VHS & DVD demonstrating the same techniques step-by-step using both trained and untrained dogs.
About the Author
Lydia Kelley has been a professional trainer for 25+ years. She is the Training Director for TOP DOG, a non-profit service dog program that teaches disabled individuals how to train their own service dogs.Stew Nordensson (1937-1999)was severly handicapped with Cerebral Palsy but still became expert at dog training and canine behavior. Stew trained more than 50 service dogs throughout his life and obtained numerous obedience degrees with his furry companions.
Excerpted from Teamwork by Lydia Kelley, Stew Nordensson, Stuart Gellman, Scott Ash. Copyright © 1997. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.
This book is written in a specific sequence. We believe that you must have a fundamental understanding of your dog in order to be part of a team with him, and the first chapters will help you attain this level of understanding. Knowing a little more about how your dog thinks will help you in all aspects of living and working together. Whether this is your first dog or your tenth, or whether your dog has already been trained by someone else, you need to understand how to communicate, recognize behavior patterns and anticipate problems. This is how a partnership is formed; this is how TEAMWORK is acheived.
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