Library Journal - Library JournalClicker training is a method of teaching behavior to dogs using positive reinforcement. The successive approximation of desired behavior is marked with a clicker and rewarded with a treat, a toy, or a pat. Inappropriate behavior is ignored, not punished. In 1985, Karen Pryor published the seminal work on this method, Don't Shoot the Dog (Bantam), and issued a revision in 1999. Both editions are highly theoretical and are aimed at the educated, informed lay reader. Tillman, an ergonomics illustrator as well as a dog trainer and clicker-training instructor, has made Pryor's principles and techniques accessible to the rank amateur. Using easily understandable text and clear, step-by-step drawings, she guides the novice through all the steps necessary to teach dogs almost 100 different behaviors, from basic obedience to housebreaking to tricks. She also applies the principles to the elimination of problem behavior. While Paul Owens's The Dog Whisperer (LJ 10/1/99) covered much the same subject matter, Tillman's book teaches the skills through illustrations. Highly recommended for public libraries. Florence Scarinci, Nassau Community Coll. Lib., Garden City, NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Clicking with Your Dog: Step-by-Step in Pictures based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
This book give step-by-step illustrations on how to use a clicker to train your dog. There are sections on problem solving, but some of the most helpful sections were about basic behaviors. It helped me realize I didn't have my dog's attention most of the time and that repeated commands that he ignored just taught him to blow me off. With this I learned how to reward behavior, how to give clearer signals, and best of all how to make training enjoyable for both of us. Wish I'd found this long ago. I'm a better owner of a better dog from using this book. And our relationship is stronger and much more fun.
I'm not new to clicker training, but with this book it really doesn't matter. Complete strangers to clicker training would be perfectly at home with this book, while more seasoned trainers can gain useful insight into problem solving and finding new ways to train a failed behavior. The book discusses operant conditioning for the uninitiated, as well as how and why it works. It hints at the ways dogs think and does a good job of warning that clicker training can fail drastically if you don't get the timing right. Some behaviors and tricks even come with multiple strategies so you can work within your goals and the skills of your dog, because face it, not every dog can tell us that Timmy fell down the old #7 mine shaft over at the Johnson place. Additionally, in my opinion, cheerios make the best clicker treats. Or, if you cut hotdogs into little pieces and microwave them until just before they start to smoke, you create a supercheap, meaty, non-perishable treat that your dog will go bonkers for.