Exercise 3.1


In Class: Look through the source texts provided in the class and go through the bibliography and/or footnotes for potentially interesting titles. Write down 2-3 titles and describe why they seem potentially interesting to you.

Later, see if you can find at least one of these texts at the library, through the library databases, through Google Scholar while logged in at the library site, or through interlibrary loan. If you cannot access the texts immediately, find texts that seem related. They may seem related because they are written by the same author, because they cite similar sources, or because they are on the same subject or topic as your first choices. Choosing texts just because they come up in a search for your first choice is not a guarantee that they are actually relevant so take the time to check for other signs of relevancy.

Once you have a text you can download or read online, or in person through the library if it is a book, look through the introductory material, the sections, and the conclusion. What does it seem to be about? What questions does it answer? What is its method? Answer these questions in a blog post. Include the full citation, followed by your answers. If the text introduces a concept or concepts, list up to three of them as “keywords.” Remember to include the category Exercise 3.1 in your post.


Orlowska, Agnieszka. “Toward Mutual Understanding, Respect, and Trust: On Past and Present Dog Training in Poland.” Free Market Dogs: The Human-Canine Bond in Post-Communist Poland, Purdue University Press, West Lafayette, Indiana, 2016, p. 35.

Keywords: cynagogy, behaviorism

This chapter is in an anthology of scholarship about dogs in Post-Communist Poland. It offers a history of dog training in Poland through an analysis of the available dog training manuals (method). The question the author seems most interested in is about the responses of Polish dog trainers to the availability of newer research on dogs and newer methods of dog training that were developed outside of Poland. Those methods were not available due to restrictions in Communist Poland, but dog trainers were reluctant to take on the newer approaches and clung to methods proven less effective by newer research. Therefore, transformations in dog training took place slowly and with more obstacles.

Blog post is due by the beginning of class on Wednesday, November 6.

Author: Alexis


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