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Don't Shoot the Dog

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Don't Shoot the Dog

The New Art of Teaching and Training

By Karen Pryor

Bantam Books, Paperback, 9780553380392, 224pp.

Publication Date: August 3, 1999

Description
A Better Way to Better Behavior
Karen Pryor's clear and entertaining explanation of behavioral training methods made Don't Shoot the Dog a bestselling classic. Now this revised edition presents more of her insights into animal and human behavior.
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:
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
8 methods of ending undesirable habits from furniture-clawing cats to sloppy roommates
The 10 laws of "shaping" behavior for results without strain or pain through "affection training"
Tips for house-training the dog, improving your tennis game, or dealing with an impossible teen
Explorations of exciting new uses for reinforcement training
Learn why pet owners rave, "This book changed our lives " and how these pioneering techniques can work for you too.


Praise For Don't Shoot the Dog

"This delightful, clear, and utterly helpful book is for anyone who wants to understand or change the behavior of an animal—whether the animal in question is a barking dog, a nosy neighbor, a hostile cat, or you and your own bad habits."—Carol Tavris, Ph.D., author of Anger