Clicking with Your Dog: Step-by-Step in Pictures

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Clicker 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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781890948085
  • Publisher: Sunshine Books (MA)
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Pages: 209
  • Sales rank: 501,028
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction xi
Chapter 1 Find a Better Way 1
Training with Games, the Clicker Way 2
How to Use This Book 4
Chapter 2 Fast Start 7
What You Will Need 8
Treats 10
Teaching the Click 12
Sessions 14
Clicker Solutions Chart 16
Chapter 3 Manners 22
People Manners for Dogs 24
Sit (Magnet Method) 26
Sit (Capture Method) 28
(Shaping Method) 30
Magic Eyes 32
Go to Your Mat 34
Polite Puppy 36
Loose Leash Walking (Make Like a Tree) 38
Loose Leash Walking (Magnet Method) 40
Loose Leash Walking (Penalty Yards) 42
Catch Me Game 44
Ping-Pong Puppy (Coming When Called) 46
Hide-and-Go-Seek (Coming When Called) 48
Down (Capture Method) 50
Down (Magnet Method) 52
Stay 54
Strengthening the Stay 56
Stand (The Magnet Method) 58
Doggie Zen 60
Leave It 62
Chapter 4 Other Practical Skills 67
Give Game 68
Picking Up Items 70
Get It Game 1 72
Get It Game 2 74
Find It Game 76
Crate Training 78
House Training 80
Bell Signal 82
House Training Management 84
Car Riding 86
Handling 88
Chapter 5 Useful Tricks and Games 91
Teaching Useful Tricks 92
Capture Something Cute 94
Target Stick/Targeting 96
Nose 100
Paw 104
Spin 106
Toss 108
Put It Away 112
Trick Suggestions 116
Chapter 6 Super Clicking 119
Becoming a Super Clicker 120
Take it on the Road 122
Fading the Clicker 124
Vary the Treat 126
Teaching Charts 128
Finding a Class 132
Phone Interview Form 134
Class Observation Form 136
Chapter 7 Creating a Safe Dog 139
Preventing Chewing or Nipping 140
Solutions for Possession Guarding 142
Children and Canine Safety 144
Playing Safely with Dogs 146
Problem Barking 148
Chapter 8 A Dog's Bill of Rights 151
Needs 152
Healthy Food 154
Socialization 156
Companionship 158
A Secure Environment 160
Play 162
Educational Toys 164
Jobs 166
Exercise 168
Stimulation 172
Peace and Quiet 174
Understanding 176
Chapter 9 Tips and Terms 179
Chapter 10 Resources 191
Clicker Training Web Sites 192
Other Dog-Related Sites 192
Books 193
Videos 194
Clicker Training Supplies 194
Associations 195
Acknowledgements 198
About the Author 199
Index 201
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2014

    This book give step-by-step illustrations on how to use a clicke

    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. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2003

    Good book, worth the buy.

    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.

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