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Don't Shoot the Dog: The New Art of Teaching and Training by Karen Pryor. Karen Pryor clearly explains the underlying principles of behavioral training and through numerous fascinating examples reveals how this art can be applied to virtually any common situation. And best of all, she tells how to do it without yelling threats, force, punishment, guilt trips--or shooting the dog. 8 methods for putting an end to all kinds of undesirable behavior. The 10 laws of "shaping" behavior--for results without strain or pain through "affection training." How to combat your own addictions to alcohol, drugs, cigarettes, overeating or whatever, how to deal with such difficult problems as a moody spouse, an impossible teen, or an aged parent. Plus. . .House training the dog, improving your tennis game, keeping the cat off the table, and much more!

ISBN: 0553380397 1999 Bantam Doubleday Dell 202pp $10.36

Karen Pryor on Behavior: Essays and Research by Karen Pryor. This collection brings together Karen Pryor's dolphin research articles, some fascinating writing on dogs, animal training, and behavior, and the pick of her popular essays from New York, Psychology Today, and other magazines. Pryor's a wonderful writer as well as a gifted scientist.

ISBN: 0962401714 1994 Sunshine Books $24.95

  Getting Started: Clicker Training for dogs Including a Dog & a Dolphin by Karen Pryor. The book explains what clicker training is, why you should use it and especially how to use it. Clicker training is not about the clicker or about food! It is about reinforcement and correct timing, in such a way that information is communicated between trainer and dog. Together you and the dog will learn a new way of interacting. Learn from this book how training can be fun, both for you and your dog!

ISBN: 1890948004 1999 Sunshine books 64pp $8.95

Clicker Training for Obedience Shaping Top Performance--Positively by Morgan Spector.  Shaping top performance positively! In this breakthrough book, learn how and why to use clicker training, the technology of operant conditioning and positive reinforcement, to train you dog. Whether you're starting off with a new puppy or headed for the Obedience ring, these step-by-step instructions will work for you. You'll learn how you can use positive reinforcers, instead of force and punishment, to build reliable performance at every level of training.

ISBN: 0962401781 1999 Sunshine 267pp $29.95

Agility Training: the fun sport for all dogs by Jane Simmons-Moake. This book is perfect for anyone starting out in agility, perfect for disaster dog training. It covers all the obstacles, easy ways to train them, and even has sections on picking out the right Agility puppy and obedience training. There are instructions for building your own equipment, how to hold your own trial, and much more. It is easy for beginners of almost any age to understand, and it graduates to more advanced levels of competition and different kinds of courses.

ISBN: 0876054025 1992 IDG 256pp $20.76

LADS Before the Wind by Karen Pryor and Konrad Lorenz.  This book is an account of Karen Pryor's experiences learning about operant conditioning in order to train porpoises and whales at the newly opened Sea Life Park in Hawaii. The historical account is fascinating all on its own, but I treasure this book because of its discussion of training not just porpoises, but truly any animal, with positive reinforcement. I loved the way she and her colleagues freely borrowed from their experiences with one species to apply them to others -- the sections on training Trainers and training Otters are not only hilarious, but also terribly insightful into how 'animals' of all species learn.

ISBN: 1-890948-04-7 

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