Reading Recommendations from a Former Librarian - Don't Shoot the Dog!

Karen Pryor's clear and entertaining explanation of behavioral training methods made Don't Shoot the Dog a bestselling classic.  Told in an entertaining way, Pryor bounces from clicker training a fish, to using behavior shaping techniques to improve her golf game, back to a serious discussion about how punishment based training techniques (and punitive societies), cause more harm than good regardless of the species (even humans!).

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!

In this book, Pryor teaches 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.  She also discusses methods to end undesirable habits - from furniture-clawing cats to sloppy roommates.  She also reviews the "laws of shaping behavior" - get results without strain or pain through "affection training."

You can find Don't Shoot the Dog at many bookstores including as an e-book and audiobook!  So read, listen, or download - but whatever you do... don't shoot the dog!

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Written by: Emily Black 

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