Attention all dog lovers, there's a great new book out you're gonna love! It called Reaching the Animal Mind, by Karen Pryor. It's a fantastic look in to clicker training and why it works so well.
It's an easy read, and filled with lots of really good information every dog owner needs. There are rollicking tales of Karen's experience with dolphins, surfing ponies, a rhinoceros who loves her pedicure, and games that wolves play.
Want to work with your dog without jerking the leash? Without pushing? Without smacking? Without reprimanding or correcting? Read this book! Your dog can quickly learn that one behavior earns them a reinforcing click and a bit of food (or the toss of a toy or anything your dog likes), while undesirable behaviors get them nothing. If given a choice, we'll all focus on what works and give up on what doesn't.
Wanna see more? Karen was on Good Morning America and actually demonstrated clicker training with a Golden retriever puppy. You can also read an excerpt of her book on the GMA site, as well.
At Smart Dog University, we use clicker training to help you teach your dog to listen and behave. We find it works quickly, and is fun for both you and the dog. We're committed to force-free training and we hope you are, too. If you want to learn more, visit the Smart Dog University website.