Karen Pryor Clicker Training Library

How to Teach Canine Nail Trims with a Team Approach

On My Mind: How to Write a Scientific Paper

Publish: the process and the peers

Reducing Leash Reactivity: The Engage-Disengage Game

Sound familiar? The 4 Fs of fear

On My Mind: Sparks Flying at SPARCS Conference

From June 20-22, 2014, I went to a new kind of dog conference held here in New England: SPARCS 2014.

To Crate or Not To Crate?

A bonus, not a penalty

Many people refuse to crate or kennel-train their dogs because they feel the confinement is cruel. However, a crate or kennel can give dogs a sense of security. Crate training done properly is also a highly effective management system that can be a lifesaver for dog owners. Like any training method, crating can be abused, but using a crate for appropriate time periods is helpful with a variety of important goals, including house training, preventing destructive behavior, and teaching a dog to settle and relax.

How to Teach Your Pet to Target

Picture the possibilities

Imagine teaching your dog to put his hind feet—just his hind feet—on a mat. Or, imagine teaching your cat to give a high-five.

Confessions of an iPhone Addict: TAGteach and the Power of Choice

Communication addiction

My name is Emelie, and I’m an iPhonaholic.

An Introduction to Emma Parsons’ New Book: Teaching the Reactive Dog Class

Editor’s note: One of the most common, yet also most challenging, behavior problems that dog trainers are asked to address is reactivity.

Loose-Leash Walking: Part Two

Moving on

On My Mind: Adventures in Panama

What’s your escape?

Loose-Leash Walking: Part One

Age-old issue

Walking is a natural behavior for dogs, so what is the big deal about teaching them to walk nicely on a leash? It shouldn’t be that hard, should it?

Yet dog trainers all over the world always have clients with this problem (almost single-handedly guaranteeing the trainers’ job security!). Leash-pulling is a problem that even some of the best trainers are unable to solve for their clients, despite the latest and greatest “no-pull” equipment that offers a helping hand.

How to Use an Agility Table for Fun or Sport

Table tribute

On My Mind: ClickerExpo in Norfolk, Virginia—This Friday!

I can hardly wait! Let me tell you a bit about what to expect:

New themes

Rally-FrEe: A Fun New Sport

Intriguing mix of learning and fun

Have you ever wished that you and your dog had as much fun competing in the ring as in training? Or, have you ever wished that your dog could cut loose and perform favorite tricks right in the middle of a competition, instead of repeating the same old exercises? A new dog sport where foundation training supports many of the other activities you do with your dog could be the answer. Try Rally-FrEe! (It's pronounced "rally free!")

Therapy Dog Training: Becoming a Therapeutic Team

Molly plays to her strength

I teach therapy dog training classes, but that's a bit of a misnomer. The classes are not dog training classes in the traditional sense. They are really all about relationship-building, developing partnerships that will enhance the well-being of others.

Consider the following:

Molly trots down the hallway between me and a student. Intermittently, she glances up at me and toward the student who holds her leash. Molly and I are in the process of teaching a high school student with autism how to use a visual schedule (pictures listing a series of activities). Nearing the end of the hallway, we enter the classroom.

On My Mind: Too Many Birds

Bird friends

Creating a Positive Partnership with Your Dog Trainer

Act on your positive decision

If you have welcomed a new dog into your home, or realized that an existing canine family member could use some behavior polish, deciding to work with a professional dog trainer may be one of this year's resolutions. Selecting someone to work with you and your beloved pet is a serious process, requiring research, testimonials and recommendations, and perhaps some observation of the leading candidates. Even when you have chosen the positive trainer that best fits your needs, outlook, and schedule, there is still work to be done. A little advance preparation will go a long way toward creating the smooth and easy partnership you are looking to form with your dog trainer.

How to Teach Your Puppy Not to Jump

Jump!

It’s the rare and fortunate person who adopts a puppy that doesn’t jump up to greet everyone within a two-mile radius!

On My Mind: ClickerExpo Is Coming!

This year’s January ClickerExpo will take place in southern California (Long Beach) aboard the (docked) art-deco luxury li

The Creative Clicker: An Interview with Laura VanArendonk Baugh

Encouraging creativity—in all species

Clicker trainers know that one of the benefits of clicker training is that it fosters creativity in the learner. A cl

Ten Reasons Your Dog May Develop Behavior Problems

Bad behavior: the big picture

Thank You and Happy Holidays

As the holiday season approaches and the calendar year ends, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you.

Fear Not: Navigating the Holidays with an Adolescent Dog

Celebration?

New Year’s Resolutions: Making Your Plan for Success

The starting bell