Having read Karen Pryor's other books - Don't Shoot the Dog and Clicker Training for Dogs, this book does go over similar ground from time to time. However, in conjuction with the linked website and video clips, it provides some thought provoking insights for anyone interested in why clicker training works and why animals (and people) can learn so well and so quickly and have so much fun into the bargain.
Highly recommended read for anyone, especially those who live or work with animals, or children. As a dog trainer, I have amassed quite a collection of books on training & communication, and this is by far the best in my opinion. To date, this is the only book I've read that actually explains 'why' clicker training is so effective, and it has even inspired me to start training my cats!!
I read this book before starting to train our new pup and honestly can't urge anyone who is about to start training a pup enough to read it,It really gets into how the whole process works and where it all started. Our dog within the first week sits everytime comes 95% of the time and lays down 80% of the time when told, you can see his brain working he really try's his best to get a click we couldn't believe how quickly he picks each new command up a great book. But if your just looking for a book on how to train your dog without learning the back ground Karen Pyror has another book for this. good luck hope this helps.
If You want to go deeper into the subject this is a very good place to start. There are lots of animal specific books on clicker training this is not one of them! This is a book about how the mind works with "clicker " training and how effective it can be. It has only a few pages about specific pets mainly cat and dog. and the odd ferret referance.
Karen Pryor - the 'mother' of modern dog training, Thank heavens for her....
Get your hands on this and understand why clicker training is the most wonderfully powerful yet kind way you can teach your dog. She delves into a bit of neurobiology but if you are seriously interested in how an animal learns, this is for you. Some nice video links too.
Absolutely brilliant. Explains how clicker training and shaping works which makes it easier to understand how to do it. Lots of wonderful anecdotes about dogs, dolphins, horses, fish!and people. Lots of video links which give another insight into the workings of the clicker. The one with the fish who goes into a paddy when he wasn't rewarded is surprising. Very easy to read. Any animal lover would enjoy this book. It really opens the mind to look at animal training in a different way. I think everyone should read this book. Clicker shaping and TAGGing could change the world for the better.
This book is absolutely fantastic - it makes the technical side of animal learning easy to understand as is full of fascinating stories about the amazing capabilities of animals. a must read for any animal lover or training enthusiast!