"Karen Pryor's Clicker Training for Dogs is the most compelling demonstration of dog training that I have ever seen. No dog should go without this information."
—Nicholas Dodman, DVM, The Dog Who Loved Too Much
In the early days of clicker training, a few dog trainers read Karen Pryor's Don't Shoot the Dog: The New Art of Teaching and Training. A few more began attending seminars to learn how operant conditioning could be applied in dog training as successfully as it had been in marine mammal training.
To assist the trainers who came to her popular seminars, and those who could not attend, Karen Pryor wrote a small manual explaining the basic principles of clicker training. Accessible, fun to read, and containing all you needed to know to get started, that little book, A Dog and a Dolphin, launched thousands of dog lovers into the world of clicker training.
Through several editions, and a name change to Getting Started: Clicker Training for Dogs, this classic has served up just the right portion of science and practical tips for anyone to understand why clicker training works so well, and the first steps to building a new system of communication and deeper bond with their dog.
Now, this powerful little book has become more helpful than ever in a new edition packed with step-by-step photographs of dogs and their handlers, clearly showing each stage of:
- Shaping a behavior
- Choosing and delivering a reward
- Raising criteria
- Target training
- Timing the click
- How to progress in small steps
- Clicker training foundation behaviors, including Sit, Down, and Come when Called
- Clicker training walking on a loose leash
- Teaching a dog to be clicker savvy with the classic game "101 Things to do with a Box"
- Training alone, with a partner, and in a group
- Keeping training fun for you and your dog
Throughout, the easy-to-read text explains the science of behavior and learning that makes clicker training so effective, including:
- Why every interaction with your dog is a training opportunity
- Why mistakes are best ignored
- Why punishment doesn't work
- Why your dog will understand the language of the click better than anything else
An all-new chapter on where to find more information and connect with other clicker trainers completes this invaluable new edition, along with Frequently Asked Questions and Clicker Tips.
If you're curious about clicker training and want to learn more, begin with Getting Started: Clicker Training for Dogs. If you've tried clicker training, and know that it works, keep Getting Started: Clicker Training for Dogs in your library to review the underlying principles and basic techniques. If you already have a copy of earlier editions, be sure to add this new edition to your library for its more than 70 photographs of clicker training in action. If you are instructor or professional trainer, it is the beginners' reference on which you can rely.
Getting Started: Clicker Training for Dogs. It's the first step to the world of clicker training.
"Clicker training is fun, fast, and positive. A 21-tail salute to Karen Pryor, a trainer and friend who brought clickers into the dog world and popularized the concept."
—Sarah Hodgson, Dog Tricks for Dummies
"If your dog has been labeled 'untrainable,' if he has been called 'aggressive,' 'stubborn,' 'independent,' clicker training is the solution."
—Melissa Alexander, Click for Joy: Questions and Answers from Clicker Trainers and their Dogs, and moderator, ClickerSolutions.com
"With clicker training, a dog begins to understand that his actions influence his environment. With this understanding comes trust and respect for the owner."
— Emma Parsons, Click to Calm: Healing the Aggressive Dog