Don't Shoot The Dog!: The New Art of Teaching and Training

by Karen Pryor

Random House Publishing Group | August 3, 1999 | Trade Paperback |

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A Better Way to Better Behavior

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.

A groundbreaking behavioral scientist and dynamic animal trainer, Karen Pryor is a powerful proponent of the principles and practical uses of positive reinforcement in teaching new behaviors. Here are the secrets of changing behavior in pets, kids-even yourself-without yelling, threats, force, punishment, guilt trips...or shooting the dog:

•The principles of the revolutionary "clicker training" method, which owes its phenomenal success to its immediacy of response-so there is no question what action you are rewarding
•8 methods of ending undesirable habits-from furniture-clawing cats to sloppy roommates
•The 10 laws of "shaping" behavior-for results without strain or pain through "affection training"
•Tips for house-training the dog, improving your tennis game, or dealing with an impossible teen
•Explorations of exciting new uses for reinforcement training

Learn why pet owners rave, "This book changed our lives!" and how these pioneering techniques can work for you too.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 224 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.39 in

Published: August 3, 1999

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0553380397

ISBN - 13: 9780553380392

Found in: Dogs, Dogs, Health and Well Being, Pets

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Don't Shoot The Dog!: The New Art of Teaching and Training

Don't Shoot The Dog!: The New Art of Teaching and Training

by Karen Pryor

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 224 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.39 in

Published: August 3, 1999

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0553380397

ISBN - 13: 9780553380392

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What Is a Positive Reinforcer? A reinforcer is anything that, occurring in conjunction with an act, tends to increase the probability that the act will occur again. Memorize that statement. It is the secret of good training. There are two kinds of reinforcers: positive and negative. A positive reinforcer is something the subject wants, such as food, petting, or praise. A negative reinforcer is something the subject wants to avoid--a blow, a frown, an unpleasant sound. (The warning buzzer in a car if you don''t fasten your seat belt is a negative reinforcer.) Behavior that is already occurring, no matter how sporadically, can always be intensified with positive reinforcement. If you call a puppy, and it comes, and you pet it, the pup''s coming when called will become more and more reliable even without any other training. Suppose you want someone to telephone you--your offspring, your parent, your lover. If he or she doesn''t call, there isn''t much you can do about it. A major point in training with reinforcement is that you can''t reinforce behavior that is not occurring. If, on the other hand, you are always delighted when your loved ones do call, so that the behavior is positively reinforced, the likelihood is that the incidence of their calling will probably increase. (Of course, if you apply negative reinforcement--"Why haven''t you called, why do I have to call you, you never call me," and so on, remarks likely to annoy--you are setting up a situation in which
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A Better Way to Better Behavior

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.

A groundbreaking behavioral scientist and dynamic animal trainer, Karen Pryor is a powerful proponent of the principles and practical uses of positive reinforcement in teaching new behaviors. Here are the secrets of changing behavior in pets, kids-even yourself-without yelling, threats, force, punishment, guilt trips...or shooting the dog:

•The principles of the revolutionary "clicker training" method, which owes its phenomenal success to its immediacy of response-so there is no question what action you are rewarding
•8 methods of ending undesirable habits-from furniture-clawing cats to sloppy roommates
•The 10 laws of "shaping" behavior-for results without strain or pain through "affection training"
•Tips for house-training the dog, improving your tennis game, or dealing with an impossible teen
•Explorations of exciting new uses for reinforcement training

Learn why pet owners rave, "This book changed our lives!" and how these pioneering techniques can work for you too.

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A Better Way to Better Behavior
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.
A groundbreaking behavioral scientist and dynamic animal trainer, Karen Pryor is a powerful proponent of the principles and practical uses of positive reinforcement in teaching new behaviors. Here are the secrets of changing behavior in pets, kids--even yourself--without yelling, threats, force, punishment, guilt trips...or shooting the dog:
The principles of the revolutionary "clicker training" method, which owes its phenomenal success to its immediacy of response--so there is no question what action you are rewarding
8 methods of ending undesirable habits--from furniture-clawing cats to sloppy roommates
The 10 laws of "shaping" behavior--for results without strain or pain through "affection training"
Tips for house-training the dog, improving your tennis game, or dealing with an impossible teen
Explorations of exciting new uses for reinforcement training
Learn why pet owners rave, "This book changed our lives!" and how these pioneering techniques can work for you too.

From Our Editors

Over the years, countless studies have shown that positive reinforcement is the most effective way to train not only animals but also to shape human behaviour. In Don't Shoot the Dog! Tracy Prior, founder of Hawaii's Sea Life Park and Oceanic Institute, shares her expertise and groundbreaking strategies for teaching people and training pets. This invaluable teaching tool features the author's 'clicker' pet training methods; eight steps to dealing with negative animal or human behaviour; 'affection training'; and how to put an end to your own undesirable habits.

Editorial Reviews

"This delightful, clear, and utterly helpful book is for anyone who wants to understand or change the behavior of an animal-whether the animal in question is a barking dog, a nosy neighbor, a hostile cat, or you and your own bad habits."-Carol Tavris, Ph.D., author of Anger
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