Reaching the Animal Mind
Clicker Training and What It Teaches Us About All Animals
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.
Great book, good examples and do it yourself section at the end. However, frequent mentions of her company sounded a bit like a paid advertisement, and gave me an uneasy feeling. I watched the videos on the website linked from the book, and found them less impressive than the stories told about them. E.g. The blue bowl "sit" cue didn't work that well, and was done very sloppily. The theory behind clicker training is absolutely fantastic though, and there is a lot one can learn from this book. Personally, I liked the "Don't shoot the dog" better.
This books shows us the science behind positive reinforcement training. It brings to light how all animals on this planet are connected and how with creativity and compassion we can learn to communicate and develop harmonious relationships.