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Click for Joy: Publishers Note

Publishers Note

Click for Joy!

If you're just starting out in clicker training, you've got lots of questions. And I bet I know what most of them are. They're the questions experienced clicker trainers and teachers hear over and over from clients, students, and friends… "Why can't I just use my voice?" "Will I always have to carry a clicker and treats?" "What if the dog doesn't do what I want?" "Help! My dog is afraid of the clicker!"

Here are these ever-recurring questions-and the answers. These answers are not just the concepts of one person; they're based on the collective wisdom and experience of over two thousand clicker trainers-the people participating in a highly popular email discussion list called Clicker Solutions.

Melissa Alexander, creator and moderator of Clicker Solutions, has done a brilliant job of putting all this feedback at your fingertips. She has pulled the questions into workable categories, and cross-referenced and indexed them so you can quickly find what you want. She's enriched each topic with her own clarifying explanations, and with quotes, anecdotes, and examples from Clicker Solutions.

As a publisher, teacher and trainer, I am thrilled to be able to put this book in your hands. Melissa did a great job. Our editor, Gale, loved working with her. Our designers, Matt and Karen, provided some brilliant visual solutions for helping you navigate easily through this book. Bob Bailey, a distinguished pioneer in operant training and the teaching of training, has honored us all by contributing the foreword.

Click for Joy! is a resource and a reference that I hope you're going to use over and over. If you have questions of your own, the answers are here. If you clicker train, and you get questions all the time and don't always have the answers, this book will give them to you.

What a help! What a confidence builder! And what a wonderful book!

Karen Pryor

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Karen Pryor is the founder and CEO of Karen Pryor Clicker Training and Karen Pryor Academy. She is the author of many books, including Don't Shoot the Dog and Reaching the Animal Mind. Learn more about Karen Pryor or read Karen's Letters online.

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