Reaching the Animal Mind
Clicker Training and What It Teaches Us about All Animals
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|Format:||Paperback / softback, 288 pages|
|Published In: ||United States, 01 July 2010|
In the 1960s, Pryor worked with her husband to build an oceanarium and research facility on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. Drawing on newly emerging behavioral concepts, most notably by B.F. Skinner, she was given a golden opportunity to use his conditioning principles to develop a one-of-a-kind dolphin-training facility, with public performances that went beyond anything anyone had done before. Pryor later wrote the groundbreaking Don't Shoot the Dog! (1985), in which she introduced the concept of positive reinforcement training, first developed for marine mammals, and applied it to canines. Here, Pryor presents anecdotes and observations collected over her 40-plus years researching and practicing these techniques, most notably "clicker" training. Her 12 chapters cover such concepts as shaping, creativity, attachment, fear, and emotions. The beauty of Pryor's writing is that it is clear and understandable even to novice and would-be animal trainers. The techniques she has pioneered and promoted work on an amazingly wide variety of animals, including humans. Verdict Backed by the author's impressive credentials and readable style, this is highly recommended for both pet lovers looking for training advice and students of animal behavior.-Edell M. Schaefer, Brookfield P.L., WI Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
"Karen has dedicated her life's work to humane and scientifically based animal training and this book provides insights that she is uniquely positioned to supply. Karen's courage, willingness to share, talents as a writer and communicator (and let's face it - downright stubbornness) has changed the lives of millions of animals and hundreds of thousands of humans for the better. This book is a unique gift to the world, with its balance of accessible science and intriguing story telling."
--Joan Orr, President of Doggone Safe
|Dimensions: ||22.61 x 14.99 x 1.78 centimeters (0.29 kg)|