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Reaching the Animal Mind

Reaching the Animal Mind

Clicker Training and What It Teaches Us About All Animals

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 ReachingtheAnimalMind.com.
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  • Scribner | 
  • 288 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780743297776 | 
  • June 2010
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About the Author

Karen Pryor
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Karen Pryor

Karen Pryor is a behavioral biologist with an international reputation in two fields, marine mammal biology and behavioral phsychology. She is a founder and leading proponent of "clicker training," a training system based on operant conditioning (isolate wanted behaviors and igrnore the unwanted) and the all-positive methods developed by marine mammal trainers. Clicker training is not 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.

Pryor is the CEO of KCPT/Sunshine Books, Inc., a publishing, training product and Internet company. In addition to her bestselling Don't Shoot the Dog, Pryor wrote the catagory killer Nursing Your Baby (Simon & Schuster, more than 2 million copies in print) along with several other books and many scientific papers and pupular articles on learning and behavior. (see www.clickertaining.com)

Karen has three grown children and lives in Boston with two clicker-trained dogs and a clicker-trained cat.

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Q. how did you come to write Reaching the Animal Mind?

A. After several decades of teaching animals and people with positive reinforcement, and several books about that, I had hundreds of new stories going to waste, and dozens of new questions that needed answering. This book is a start.

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