- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Bantam; Revised edition (August 3, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553380397
- ISBN-13: 978-0553380392
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (433 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Don't Shoot the Dog: The New Art of Teaching and Training Revised Edition
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Karen Pryor's clear and entertaining explanation of behavioral training methods made Don't Shoot the Dog! a bestselling classic. Now this revised edition presents more of her insights into animal--and human--behavior.
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I would highly recommend this to everyone, not just dog people.
Karen Pryor created an easy to read book breaking down positive reinforcement training, as well as other types of training and how they can be applied not only to animals, but to the people around us, within our work and school environment and pretty much in our day to day life. She explains how positive reinforcement provides better results over alternative methods of training by making plenty of comparisons to punishment based training methods as well as negative reinforcement training methods. I loved the incorporation of her personal stories, and training sessions, in order to emphasis certain drawbacks to punishment, and specific benefits to positive reinforcement training.
There was plenty of material in this book that overlapped with the novice clicker training course that I had taken a month ago which it allowed me to breeze through some parts but enough new material to keep me engaged and actively reading till the end.
Overall, a worthwhile read for those interested in pursuing training of any kind (or are looking for healthier ways to improve the relationships in their lives).
The better book is called "How to Raise a Puppy You Can Live With." Spend lots of time with the puppy. Speak in a kind tone. Praise his good behavior. For barking, use a noisy shake can. After he barks, give the Quiet! command, then shake can 'til barking stops. The noise startles the puppy, then praise him. For jumping, give quick shake of his collar as you say Off! Praise him when he's on the floor. Use isolation: When he jumps, say Off!, turn away, ignoring puppy. Praise him when he's down on the floor. This book offers many more specific ways to train good behavior.
As an educator, this changed the way I approach my job and have seen my student's soar to new heights.
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