- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Howell Book House; 1 edition (February 1, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0764596438
- ISBN-13: 978-0764596438
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Click & Easy: Clicker Training for Dogs Paperback – February 1, 2006
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From the Back Cover
Your reward is a well-behaved dog!
Young and old, large and small, pedigreed and mixed-breed, dogs respond to clicker training. Preferred by many professionals, clicker training is a positive, precise, and effective method of reinforcing good behavior. Noted dog trainer Miriam Fields-Babineau explains clicker training techniques step by step so that all dog owners can use the approach. Whether you want to train your dog to obey basic commands, perform tricks, compete in performance sports, or do service work, clicker training gets results and enhances your relationship with your dog. Focusing on actual techniques rather than theory and science, this book explains how to:
- Use the three-step pattern: lure, click, reward
- Use an appropriate tone of voice and the right verbal cues
- Incorporate visual cues, with suggestions for signals for specific actions
- Distraction-proof your dog, teaching him to focus on you (and the clicker) even when there's lots of commotion
With real-life examples from the author's experiences plus photos that illustrate proper form, this book will get you and your dog enthusiastic about training.It's truly rewarding!
About the Author
MIRIAM FIELDS-BABINEAU has been a professional animal trainer for more than twenty-five years. After earning degrees in psychology and zoology from the University of Maryland, she founded her company, Training Unlimited, Inc., in 1983. She is the author of nearly thirty books about dogs and dog training.
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The quote "Few dogs can learn with purely positive reinforcement." Justifies the use of a 'humane training device' and further corrections for incorrect behavior.
If Ms. Fields-Babineau took the time to teach her dog she wouldn't need to use corrections. People want instant success and by using corrections people may get them, but at what price?
Head halters should never be used to give a correction to a dog and this is what is advocated in this book. Head halters also have been shown to shut many dogs down. It totally depresses the dog and while it may behave while using this device you have to retrain the behavior once you stop using it. Instead of training the behavior that you want with the head halter and then redoing it with just a flat collar and leash, teach the behavior once and set your criteria based upon the individual dog.
What's with using a "growly low" voice? "Growling No"? If you want a positive relation with your dog and you want your dog interacting with you instead of afraid of you, why would you use this?
If you want to learn clicker training get a book by Pat Miller, Pamela Dennison, or Melissa Alexander and have a truly positive relationship with your dog without using corrections and growly voices.
Two weeks ago I started taking care of a rescue dog while its owner, a family member, was on vacation. Tomorrow the owner will be back to get "Josie," the dog, and she will be AMAZED. When I got Josie, she could not walk more than two steps on the leash without pulling and yanking on the leash, which I hate, and also lunged at every dog she saw while we were walking. I owe my success to "Click & Easy…" which I have been following step-by-step every day.
After two weeks of following the instructions in "Click & Easy…", Josie now walks nicely on the leash, and doesn't lunge at every dog we pass. That's a HUGE improvement from two weeks ago, when she was pulling and lunging ALL of the time. If her owner will keep up the clicker training, Josie will keep improving and will be a great pet. I'm giving Josie's owner my copy of "Click & Easy…" and will order myself a another copy to keep.
"Click & Easy..." is entertaining, well-written, full of helpful photos, and very easy to follow. It is all about HOW to do it, not about theory. Miriam Fields-Babineau discusses training aids, including why you would use a head halter (a gentle way of directing a dog's attention AWAY from something (like another dog) while you are teaching the dog not to lunge and growl at it). She also explains that harnesses and halters are only training tools, to be used IF needed and then phased out.
Fields-Babineau definitely does NOT recommend or approve of inflicting pain on dogs, and makes the point over and over again that the point of the training is to help the dog learn in a positive, non-painful, fun way. Clicker training is all about rewarding good behavior and ignoring undesirable behavior, so Josie loves it! She feels proud of herself and happy the whole time we are working on training.
I used a Gentle Leader chest harness with Josie, and if I were going to have her longer, I would buy a Gentle Leader head harness and use it, since she still lunges at other dogs and people while she's on a leash about 30% of the time. It would speed up Josie's ability to tolerate walking past distractions without being so reactive and freaking out. But even with just the chest harness, Josie has made amazing progress, thanks to this excellent book. Highly recommended.