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Product Details

  • Series: Dogwise Training Manual
  • Paperback: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Dogwise Publishing (January 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 192924262X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1929242627
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gail Fisher s grasp of all subject matter pertaining to clicker training shines through in this book! It is obvious that she is a been there-done that crossover clicker trainer, understands the needs of someone who wants to make the switch, and can hold the trainer s hand throughout the process. The Thinking Dog is a great refresher course for the experienced clicker trainer too. --Corally Burmaster, founder and editor of The Clicker Journal

The Thinking Dog offers a wonderfully thoughtful guide to clicker training. Written with the more traditional trainer in mind, Gail Fisher s long experience and hard-won wisdom shine through in her logical approach. Clear explanations, practical exercises, and lovely real life examples (including photos) make for a refreshing treatment of clicker training. I highly recommended this book to all thinking trainers who share with Fisher her delight in watching a dog s mind turn on. The Thinking Dog is my new favorite clicker training book! --Suzanne Clothier, author of Bones Would Rain from the Sky

This is a must have book for anyone involved in dog training. Gail is a pioneer in the field of positive dog training and her own techniques have evolved over time as she has learned more about how dogs think and learn. This book provides a solid foundation for clicker training including answers to all the most challenging questions and paths around the most common obstacles. --Robin K. Bennett, author of All About Dog Daycare, co-author of Off Leash Dog Play

About the Author

Gail Fisher has been training dogs professionally for over 30 years. She is the owner and founder of All Dogs Gym, one of the largest training centers in the country. Gail is the co-author of Training Your Dog and Teaching Dog Obedience Classes. She lives in Manchester, New Hampshire with her dogs, Canon and Kochi, and two cats.

More About the Author

My mom majored in journalism (and word smithing) and my sister was an editor at Simon and Schuster ... and I became a dog trainer. But I guess genes will out. I started writing a weekly "doggy" newspaper column, then co-authored two dog training books before "crossing over" to "clicker" training. In addition to writing, I own All Dogs Gym (www.alldogsgym.com), teach at All Dogs Academy and share my experience and knowledge in workshops and seminars (where I learn a lot, too). Working with dogs and owners is both my vocation and my avocation. The greatest gift is to not only love your work, but to work at what you love. I have both.

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I think everyone who trains dogs should read this book.
Marie L. Finnegan
Gail's book provides so much information on how to crossover to clicker training.
Robin Bennett
I have become convinced that clicker training is the best training method.
Jay Burns

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Cortney Dorney on May 7, 2009
Format: Paperback
I love this book! I am a 12 year veteran of "traditional" dog training and wanted to see what clicker training was all about. I purchased this book and it is a fabulous cross-over manual! A must have for dog trainers who are interested in dabbling in clicker training!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Robin Bennett on May 30, 2009
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Many years ago when I started training, I used a book by Gail Fisher to help me become a better instructor. At that time, I was doing traditional training since that is really all that existed then. Several years later I am now very happy as a crossover trainer and have never been more intrigued by dogs and how they learn. So what better way to continue learning about clicker training than with someone who has "been there, done that"! Gail's book provides so much information on how to crossover to clicker training. I could see myself in so many of the issues she discussed. It would have been SO HELPFUL to have this book as I crossed over in my own training methods. This is a must read for anyone who loves dogs and wants to learn how they think and how to train them better. You'll understand why and how clicker training works and get your answers to all the common questions raised when you crossover to this method of training!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on June 18, 2009
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"The Thinking Dog" is a great book on dog training. Gail uses both professional and personal insights into a subject which she has pioneered, dog training, to guide and enlighten both the beginner and seasoned pro dog trainer. This book is bound to become one of the must reads in the dog training world. If you are or are thinking about using positive clicker training, you need to read this book!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Marie L. Finnegan on April 16, 2010
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This is the perfect book for anyone thinking of crossing over in methods AND for those who want to know even more about the principles of clicker training. The author is a former traditional trainer who I think is the perfect voice of how and why to cross over to positive training for all dogs. (And she also believes positive does not equal permissive and includes a section on the proper use of punishment.) I have been using lure/reward and verbal marker training for 10 years now and this book has already helped me be even clearer in my communication with dogs during training. I think everyone who trains dogs should read this book. It will improve training skills regardless of methods because there is alot of fabulous information relating to timing of rewards that I think will be useful to all dogs and their trainers. I really loved this book for it's ease of understanding and I think people will also find the history of dog training section very interesting. If you only buy one book for your training library this year I highly recommend this one. My only warning would be to buy this in solid book form and not the Kindle version. I had a very hard time seeing the font (even when enlarged) of the journal entries while reading it on my Kindle. Happy training! Marie in Maine
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Allison on August 18, 2010
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I bought this book because I wanted to learn all about clicker training, from teaching the behavior all the way thru to getting reliable responses without the use of food. This book did exactly that! This is my dog training manual. It covers all aspects of clicker training in very easy to comprehend way. Perfect combination of humorous stories and training tips. I can go to this book whenever I have a problem and find the answer. A must have book for anyone that wants to be a "Real" clicker trainer.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Howell on April 23, 2010
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This book is for the "thinking trainer". It is right up there with Culture Clash by Jean Donaldson, and Don't Shoot the Dog by Karen Pryor. If you are looking for a book that will provide in-depth, well illustrated, cross-referenced information on the thinking behind the training, you'll love the book. Read it, digest it and read it again. Its pages are destined to become well-worn and marked up. Like others who have reviewed this book, I wish I had gotten my hands on it sooner. However, if you are looking for a recipe book that takes you step-by-step through training sequences, don't bother. There are plenty of "recipe" training books out there. This isn't one of them.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By I. Martin on August 10, 2009
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As pointed out in the book, few of us come to clicker training without being influenced by the ideas and methods which have their source in traditional dog training methods. As a practical training manual this book is a very thorough and comprehensive treatment of the problems faced by such "crossover trainers". Gail's writing helps to clarify muddled thinking so that we know exactly what true "clicker training" is (when say compared to training with a clicker), how it works, what skills we need to properly apply clicker training, and how to overcome any problems that may crop up from time to time. A Highly Recommended practical training manual.
In my opinion two other books are good companions to this book - the more academic but thoroughly readable "How Dogs Learn" by Mary R Burch and Jon S. Bailey, and "Reaching the Animal Mind" by Karen Pryor, a more anecdotal and general book about her training methods for animals, from hermit crabs and dolphins to horses, by using markers to mark desirable behaviour and rewarding it. Note that unlike "The Thinking Dog", I feel that neither of these latter two books are intended to be comprehensive practial training manuals, but they do provided very good good background information on the marker method and its application.
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