Reaching The Animal Mind
Simon & Schuster
On Sale: June 16, 2009
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Karen Pryor has improved the lives of millions of animals. A
celebrated pioneer in the field of nopunishment animal
training, she introduced an innovative training system in
her groundbreaking bestseller Don't Shoot the Dog!
Now, after thirty years of training creatures both tame and
wild, Pryor presents the sum total of what she knows about
teaching animals and what they in turn have taught
Pryor's all-positive clicker-training system is a
safe, effective way to modify and shape behavior. Karen can
teach anyone to train animals with a cheap, plastic,
handheld clicker, rewarding wanted behaviors -- click! --
and ignoring the unwanted. No leash-jerking. No pushing. No
smacking. Animals quickly learn that one behavior gets them
a reinforcing click and a bit of food, and undesirable
behaviors get them, well, nothing at all. Given the choice,
animals quickly focus on what works and abandon what
Reaching the Animal Mind uses clear,
accessible language that will allow anyone to master Pryor's
training system. Pryor also entertains by introducing some
of her more interesting pupils. Ponies are taught to surf,
gloomy birds learn how to play, a rhinoceros routinely leans
against a fence for a pedicure, and dogs learn everything
with pointed ears and shining eyes that seem to say "You
want what? I can do that; watch me!"
Throughout the book,
Pryor provides Web addresses where the reader can access
video of the actual training sessions that she
Practical and engrossing, Pryor explains the
science behind her system, how it works and why it works,
its applications for teaching humans, as well as
step-by-step instructions on how to clicker-trainyour cat to
give you a high five or your dog to find your car keys. What
could be better than that?
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