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Schutzhund: Theory and Training Methods
Schutzhund : Theory and Training Methods
by Susan Barwig (Author), Stewart Hilliard(Author)
256 pages
Howell Book House; (February 20, 1991)
Analysis of why and how protection, Obedience, and Tracking all play an integral part in Schutzhund training, with emphasis on selecting and raising a dog to suit the owner's needs. Starts with an overview of each component and continues with the philosophy and training techniques for all activities. More information:
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Training Dogs for Protection Work
Training Dogs for Protection Work
by Fred Mandilk, Marv Gangloff 
Hardcover. Publisher: State Mutual Book & Periodical Service (1999)
A guide for both amateur and professional handlers and trainers of all working breeds, who wish to better understand the basics of correct handling and training. In this brief book the authors show how to incorporate positive training aspects, and point out abusive "techniques" and their risks.  They also tackle popular training misconceptions. They further describe the selection and early training of the puppy, and explain obedience, protection, and tracking, which combine to produce the working protection dog. more information:

Manstopper ! Training a Canine Guardian
Manstopper! : Training a Canine Guardian
by Joel McManis (Author)
256 pages
Howell Book House; (1998)
Emphasizing safe handling practices, the author, a former police officer and a professional trainer, covers every facet of training, from understanding the reasons behind protection work, being an agitator, to evaluating temperament to safety factors and liability issues.
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The Koehler Method of Dog Training
by William R. Koehler, R.T. Yankie (Illustrator)
190 pages
Howell Books (July 1996)
The kind of dog training book that is not for every one and does not work with every dog but that can help dog owners achieve highly effective results when training a dog to be obedient off leash under highly distracting conditions.
The Koehler Method is a comprehensive dog training method that works on three parts:

1) showing the dog what is expected of him, and praising him for making the right choice.
2) while still in the learning phase: practicing with the dog until the owner/trainer is sure the dog knows what is expected of him, and either praising him for making the right choice, or showing him again if he doesn't make the right choice.
3) once the learning phase is over and the owner is sure the dog knows what is expected of him (allowing for lots of practice), then "proof" the command by providing lots of distractions for the dog. If the dog chooses the right behavior (and remember, praise him. If he chooses the wrong behavior, correct him firmly (but only if the dog really KNOWS what is expected from him after lots of practice !), correct him once, and give him the opportunity to make the right choice.

Because if is not exclusively based on positive reinforcement the method has its detractors. Defenders of the method say that it is irresponsible to keep certain breeds of dogs without being 100% sure that the dog will not be distracted and disobey when being off leash.
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How to Run a Dog Business: Putting Your Career Where Your Heart Is
by Veronica Boutelle (Author), Jean Donaldson (Foreword)
123 pages
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The Koehler Method of Guard Dog Training; An Effective & Authoritative Guide for Selecting, Training & Maintaining Dogs in Home Protection, Plant Security, Police, & Military Work
by William R. Koehler
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Decoys and Aggression. A Police K9 Training Manual
The Home & Family Protection Dog:
Selection and Training
by Karen Freeman Duet, George Duet
Hardcover: 256 pgs.  Publisher: John Wiley & Sons (1993)
This book describes the process of choosing and conditioning a dog that will be used as both a family pet and a protection dog. An initial program of training for house manners and obedience is used to establish control and lay the groundwork for the specific agitation work and protection training that is to follow. The authors emphasize that the training of a personal protection dog should be done with the assistance of an experienced professional trainer. More information:

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Decoys and Aggression
by Stephen A. MacKenzie
Hardcover: 96 pages
Temeron Books Inc; 1 edition (1996)
Designed for all decoys, instructors , K9 personnel, handlers, and trainers, as well as for anyone who handles dogs that can be aggressive, this book explains step by step how to understand the canine paralanguage and how to influence the dog's perception of you by using your body language. It explains the different types of natural dog aggression and how to trigger the useful types without being abusive to the dog. Also describes drills designed to develop skill in the decoy. Some are designed to be conducted with dogs until the human demonstrates enough body control to work with a live animal without injuring the dog or himself. More information:

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K9 Personal Protection:
A Manual for Training Reliable Protection Dogs
by Resi Gerritsen, Ruud Haack
Hardcover: 164 pages
Temeron Books; Manual edition (2002)
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The Dog's Mind
The Dog's Mind: Understanding Your Dog's Behavior
by Bruce Fogle, Anne B. Wilson
This informative book explores the psychology of canine behaviour: How do dogs perceive the world about them? How do they see, hear, learn, relate to their owners? How large are their brains, what is their emotional makeup? Why do they suffer from stress and how can it be coped with? Not necessarily a training manual but gives a great insight into just how the dog's mind works and how the dog relates to his surroundings.
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Advanced Schutzhund
Advanced Schutzhund
by Ivan Balabanov (Author), Karen Duet (Author)
256 pages
Howell Book House; (June 15, 1999)
Training methods for the top competitor. Problem-solving approach to Level III work that will help competitors bring their dogs to the highest level. Tracking, obedience and protection are dealt with individually, analyzing specific problems that crop up in each skill and offering step-by-step solutions. The approach consists of operant conditioning techniques that avoid the use of compulsion methods and build the dog's confidence, courage and problem-solving ability. Also includes tips on how to compete at the National and World levels, including traveling with your dog.
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