Authors Acknowledgments

All of us are the product of our life experiences. Our life experiences with dogs started in the 1960s, when we were exposed to many of the famous behaviorists of the day. Being avid readers, we absorbed as much information as we could from individuals such as Konrad Most, Konrad Lorenz, and Eberhard Trummler. We discovered why dogs do what they do and how to apply a behavioral approach to training, one that copies how dogs interact with each other. John Fuller's work at Bar Harbor, Maine, and Clarence Pfaffenberger's with Guide Dogs for the Blind, as well as the experiments done in Switzerland by Humphrey and Warner to indicate the working abilities of German Shepherds, all went into the mix that eventually became our Motivational Method of training.

Since the 1960s, we have had nine generations of dogs and all of them have been our teachers. We ran an obedience school for 25 years, and all the students and their dogs have been our teachers as well. We continue today with training, seminars, and camps, and we're fortunate to be presented with enough dog challenges to continue our quest for knowledge. So to all of you who have passed through our hands, we thank you and your dogs for providing us with the interest that still drives us today.

Our special thanks to those who contributed to this book and shared their insights: Betsy Blackford, Sheila Hamilton-Andrews, Jane Kelso and the beautiful Labradors of Mountain Run Kennel, Desmond and Lise O'Neill, Hilary Schenk, Danny and Pauline Scott, Gary Wilkes, and Mary Ann Zeigenfuse.

Finally, we thank our editors at Wiley Publishing — Acquisitions Editor Tracy Boggier, Tech Editor Michael Eldridge, Project Editor Natalie Harris, and Copy Editors Chad Sievers and Trisha Strietelmeier. They have demonstrated the two most important qualities of a good dog trainer — patience and persistence.

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