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Reaching the Animal Mind: Clicker Training and What It Teaches Us About All Animals

by Keith Somers  /  Like Keith & Dog Wonders on Facebook

karen_pryor_4Karen Pryor, author of Reaching the Animal Mind, is a behavioral biologist with an international reputation in two fields, marine mammal biology and behavioral psychology. She is a founder and leading proponent of “clicker training,” a training system based on operant conditioning (isolate wanted behaviors and ignore the unwanted) and the all-positive methods developed by marine mammal trainers. Clicker training is now in use world wide with dogs, cats, horses, birds, zoo animals, and increasingly with humans, in the teaching of sports and athletic performances and developing behaviors in autistics.

Karen’s 40-year career working with and educating scientists, professional trainers, and pet owners has changed the lives of countless animals and their caretakers in zoos, oceanariums, and pet-owning households.

She is the author of six books, including Don’t Shoot the Dog!, the “bible” of training with positive reinforcement. Her most recent book, Reaching the Animal Mind, describes how to bring out the undiscovered creativity, intelligence, and personality of the animals in our lives. Karen lives outside Boston, Massachusetts.

Karen Pryor, the author of Reaching the Animal Mind, is responsible for developing the clicker method of training:  an all-positive, safe, effective aid to modify and shape animal behavior, and in so doing she has changed the lives of millions of both animal parents, and animals.

Her book is thoughtful, insightful, and practical.  It contains:

  • delightful stories about Pryor’s encounters with animals of all kinds;
  • the science behind clicker training;
  • step-by-step instructions on how you can learn how to clicker-train your dog;
  • bonus video clips, slide shows, articles, downloadable exercises;
  • links to broaden your understanding of the contents of the book; and
  • autobiographical sketches of her life’s work.
Reaching the Animal Mind:  Clicker Training and What It Teaches Us About All Animals

Karen Pryor

Reaching the Animal Mind










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