Reaching the Animal Mind: Clicker Training and What It Teaches Us About All Animals

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Simon and Schuster, 2009 - Nature - 258 pages
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From the celebrated pioneer in the field of no-punishment dog training and author of the groundbreaking bestseller Don't Shoot the Dog!, Karen Pryor explains her innova- tive training method that has changed the lives of millions of animals.

Behavioral biologist Karen Pryor has spent more than thirty years in the business of training animals. First developed for marine mammals, Pryor's all-positive “clicker” training system is a safe and effective way to modify behavior—by isolating wanted behaviors and ignoring the unwanted—and is now in world-wide use with dogs, cats, horses, birds, zoo animals, and increasingly, humans.

Reaching the Animal Mind explains in clear, accessible language, the background of the ever-widening applica- tion of non-punitive training for animals of all kinds. Pryor introduces us to some of the multitudes that have benefited, including clicker-trained ponies that can surf, a dangerous baboon, a police dog who pulls off a “hat trick,” and, at the Philadelphia Zoo, the world's gloomiest birds are taught how to play. Thanks to Pryor, readers can teach their own cat how to give a high-five, or get their dog to find the car keys, as well as train their pet to eliminate bad behavior.

Part Animals in Translation, part The Dog Whisperer, this book combines science, mesmerizing stories, and practical how-to information in a book that will become invaluable to anyone who has animals in their life, domestic or otherwise.
  

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User Review  - amaraduende - LibraryThing

This was SO AMAZING. It talkes about the amygdala (the brain part I was named after LOL) and all of the physical things that happen with a noise like a click that can't happen with voice-training. She ... Read full review

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User Review  - Lisa Sipe - Goodreads

Karen Pryor actually does what she says - she tells multiple stories using a variety of species about making connections with animals during training. For anyone who wonders whether their dog/horse/cat or even fish thinks, this is an eye opener :-) Read full review

Contents

reaching Minds
1
Shaping
17
communication
40
Feelings
62
creativity
80
Attachments
96
Fear
119
conversations
140
Answers
171
People
189
intention
213
Find Out More
229
Glossary
238
Do it Yourself
243
Thanks
257
Copyright

Questions
155

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About the author (2009)

Karen Pryor is a behavioral biologist with an international reputation in marine mammal biology and behavioral psychology. She is a founder and leading proponent of “clicker training,” a training system based on operant conditioning and the all-positive methods developed by marine mammal trainers. In addition to her bestselling Don't Shoot the Dog!, Pryor is the author of Nursing Your Baby, as well as several other books and many sci- entific papers and articles on learning and behavior. Karen has three grown children and lives in Boston with two clicker-trained dogs and a clicker- trained cat.

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