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

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

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By (author) Karen Pryor

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  • Publisher: SCRIBNER
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 230mm x 18mm | 299g
  • Publication date: 1 July 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0743297776
  • ISBN 13: 9780743297776
  • Edition: 1
  • Sales rank: 29,616

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From the founder of "clicker" training, the widely praised humane approach to shaping animal behavior, comes a fascinating book--part memoir, part insight into how animals and people think and behave. A celebrated pioneer in the field of no-punishment animal training, Karen Pryor is responsible for developing clicker training--an all-positive, safe, effective way to modify and shape animal behavior--and she has changed the lives of millions of animals. Practical, engrossing, and full of fascinating stories about Pryor's interactions with animals of all sorts, "Reaching the Animal Mind "presents the sum total of her life's work. She explains the science behind clicker training, how and why it works, and offers step-by-step instructions on how you can clicker-train any animal in your life. For bonus video clips, slide shows, articles, downloadable exercises, and links expanding on the contents of the book, go to ReachingtheAnimalMind.com.

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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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By Vanessa 15 Jan 2013 5

If you have ANY pet this is a book for you. It shows you through the authors own experiences how to positively clicker train a wide variety of animals from dolphins, dogs and cats. All the way through to the unexpected fish and hermit crab. I frequently run to tell whoever is in the house a funny story.
I have read (or tried to read) many dog training books but this is the best. I would give it ten stars if I could.

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"Karen has dedicated her life's work to humane and scientifically based animal training and this book provides insights that she is uniquely positioned to supply. Karen's courage, willingness to share, talents as a writer and communicator (and let's face it - downright stubbornness) has changed the lives of millions of animals and hundreds of thousands of humans for the better. This book is a unique gift to the world, with its balance of accessible science and intriguing story telling." --Joan Orr, President of Doggone Safe