Reaching the Animal Mind

Reaching the Animal Mind

Clicker Training and What It Teaches Us About All Animals

Book - 2009
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Baker & Taylor
The behavioral biologist and author of Don't Shoot the Dog! outlines her non-punitive animal training method that has become popular with animal handlers throughout the world, recounting the success stories of such examples as a surfing pony, a police dog, and depressed Philadelphia Zoo birds.

& Taylor

After thirty years of training creatures both tame and wild, Karen Pryor, pioneer in the field of no-punishment animal training, presents what she knows about teaching animals and what they in turn have taught her. Pryor's clicker-training system is a safe, effective way to modify and shape behavior. Karen can teach anyone to train animals with a cheap, plastic, handheld clicker, rewarding wanted behaviors and ignoring the unwanted. No leash-jerking. No pushing. No smacking. Animals quickly learn that one behavior gets them a reinforcing click and a bit of food, while undesirable behaviors get them nothing. Given the choice, animals quickly focus on what works and abandon what doesn't. Pryor explains the science behind her system, how it works and why itworks, and its applications for teaching humans as well.--From publisher description.
The author outlines the clicker training method that she developed as a behavioral biologist, explaining how non-punitive methods have been successfully implemented in the training processes of countless animals and can help counter negative behaviors in pets.

Simon and Schuster
From the founder of “clicker” training, the widely praised humane approach to shaping animal behavior, comes a fascinating book—part memoir, part insight into how animals and people think and behave.

A celebrated pioneer in the field of no-punishment animal training, Karen Pryor is responsible for developing clicker training—an all-positive, safe, effective way to modify and shape animal behavior—and she has changed the lives of millions of animals. Practical, engrossing, and full of fascinating stories about Pryor’s interactions with animals of all sorts, Reaching the Animal Mind presents the sum total of her life’s work. She explains the science behind clicker training, how and why it works, and offers step-by-step instructions on how you can clicker-train any animal in your life.

For bonus video clips, slide shows, articles, downloadable exercises, and links expanding on the contents of the book, go to

Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2009
Edition: 1st Scribner hardcover ed
ISBN: 9780743297769
Characteristics: vii, 258 p. ; 24 cm

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Jan 13, 2016

every dog triner and wanna be should start with KP's books ..they deliver an insight to training that is so very valuable for the newbie, cross over trainer and the experienced. Wonderful introduction to communication
techniques for you and the dog.

Dec 21, 2015

Fantastic read. Even if you aren't interested in training a dog or other animal, the anecdotes which pepper the book are incredibly interesting. She clicker trains everything from a hermit crab to autistic children. Wonderful.

Classical Junggian behavioralism.

Jul 11, 2015


My favourite book on training animals, from goldfish to athletes. Effective and humane. I can't recommend it highly enough.

Feb 27, 2014

Amazing book. Hands down. You learn SO much from the examples presented in this book, and the stories keep it interesting enough that anyone can read it. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to learn more about clicker training.

Feb 17, 2011

Another incredible book by Karen Pryor. Very entertaining and easy to read, this is not a dry "training" book, although you WILL learn from Karen's stories and examples. There are links to Internet videos if you are interested in watching real life examples.


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