Karen Pryor’s Don’t Shoot The Dog!

We are often asked by customers to recommend a good dog training book. Originally published in 1999, Karen Pryor’s Don’t shoot The Dog! does an excellent job of explaining the basic tools of training and how to use them to deal with real world problems in a way that is accessible to readers interested only in having a well behaved pet. Pryor turned her attention to dog training after working with marine mammals (dolphins) and played a big part in the popularization of “clicker training” and the move from punishment centered to reward centered dog training. The book perhaps dwells a bit too much on using these techniques to change the behavior of friends and family, but it does serve to highlight how operant conditioning can work on virtually any living organism.

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