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Don't Shoot the Dog!: The New Art of Teaching and Training Paperback – August 1, 1985

ISBN-13: 978-0553253887 ISBN-10: 0553253883

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (August 1, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553253883
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553253887
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In the course of becoming a renowned dolphin  trainer, Karen Pryor learned that positive  reinforcement (the only kind useable with dolphins, who can't  be reached with leashes, bridles, fists, or yells)  is even more potent that prior scientific work had  suggested. . .This new book looks like the very  best on the subject--a full-scale  mind-changer."--Stewart Brand, The Coevolution  Quarterly .

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"Whatever the task, whether keeping a four-year-old quiet in public, housebreaking a puppy, coaching a team, or memorizing a poem, it will go fast, and better, and be more fun, if you know how to use reinforcement."--Karen Pryor.

Now Karen Pryor clearly explains the underlying principles of behavioral training and through numerous fascinating examples reveals how this art can be applied to virtually any common situation. And best of all, she tells how to do it without yelling threats, force, punishment, guilt trips--or shooting the dog. 8 methods for putting an end to all kinds of undesirable behavior. The 10 laws of "shaping" behavior--for results without strain or pain through "affection training." How to combat your own addictions to alcohol, drugs, cigarettes, overeating or whatever, how to deal with such difficult problems as a moody spouse, an impossible teen, or an aged parent. Plus. . .House training the dog, improving your tennis game, keeping the cat off the table, and much more!

"In the course of becoming a renowned dolphin trainer, Karen Pryor learned that positive reinforcement (the only kind useable with dolphins, who can't be reached with leashes, bridles, fists, or yells) is even more potent that prior scientific work had suggested. . .This new book looks like the very best on the subject--a full-scale mind-changer."--Stewart Brand, The Coevolution Quarterly .

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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 5, 1996
Format: Paperback
This is my favorite training book (and isn't just about dog training- it's about
operant conditioning for the average Joe). It humorously and thoroughly explains
how to influence and shape behavior using well-timed reinforcement. This book will
be especially helpful to people trying to train animals to do unusual behaviors (such
as disabled people who are self-training their own assistance dog). When you're
done reading this, you'll understand how to break literally any behavior down into
small manageable pieces that you can train for. But don't assume it's just for animal
trainers. I know an excellent manager who read this book when he was first promoted to
management.
It's a quick-read, it's fun, and the info is very valuable. Certainly a
"must read".
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 20, 1999
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When I first read this book, I was so fascinated that I read it again and again. It's not a step by step manual for dog training but it's a behavioral modification manual. I also purchased "Clicker Training for your Horse" by Alexandra Kurland which deals with the same thing only this is much more of a step by step training book. I loved both books and it definitely gives one a much more positive outlook on life. And it makes for MUCH happier, mentally healthier pets. I also will read Anything by the Monks of New Skete...for dog training.But this is just a way...you can use any method of training with it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 1, 1998
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Karen Pryor writes a very concise, interesting, and humorous book. In it she gives you the basics on shaping behavior. It's a great primer, but don't look to it if you have specific questions. It doesn't tell you how, specifically, to get your dog to stop barking furiously when he's on the leash. It is great, however, for sit, fetch, and other tricks. I wish she would write another, more detailed, more specific book. I really like her school of thought.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 6, 1999
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This book was recommended by my dog obedience teacher. In addition to helping me to understand the philosophy and methods behind positive reinforcement (Clicker) dog training, I was able to learn a lot about myself and the world around me. This book should be required reading for teachers, coaches, managers, and of course pet owners.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By KEVIN M. OCONNOR on March 5, 2000
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This is a FANTASTIC book about using positive reinforcement to increase incidences of behavior we like (both in animals and humans) and decrease incidences of behavior we don't like. The author makes an utterly convincing set of arguments for discounting punishment as an effective training technique. I think the vast majority of us would have found our school years far more engaging, enriching, and humane had all of our teachers assimilated the lessons of this book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By michaelkruger on June 21, 2000
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I found this book to be very useful before we got our dog. I use the concepts all the time in my training of our shepherd/husky. The concepts are spot on.
Karen is an insightful person and anyone can benefit from her vast wealth on experience. I am glad for my sake she stopped to put it on paper.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 1998
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If you are a practicing musician, the poor "dog" you sometimes feel like shooting is yourself when your practicing isn't going well. This book has changed my entire approach to learning difficult music--I am both a happier person and a better violinist for having read it! Plus the book is delightful to read.
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30 of 40 people found the following review helpful By AS Atwood on November 15, 2000
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I am sure that many will find this book very good and very useful. I was looking for more of a practical guide rather than an investigation of the psychological underpinnings of conditioned training. If you are looking for a practical guide to training, look elsewhere.
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