A Better Way to Better BehaviorKaren Pryor's clear and entertaining explanation of behavioral training methods made Don't Shoot the Dog! a...more
A Better Way to Better BehaviorKaren 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 trainingLearn why pet owners rave, "This book changed our lives!" and how these pioneering techniques can work for you too. less
Really interesting, it'a about positive reinforcement training. Not just pets, but kids, annoying neighbors, family members, anyone, any animal. I saw a video of this woman training a FISH! Good stuff.
Â«This book is about to train anyone â€“ human or animal, young or old, oneself or others â€“ to do anything that can an should be done. How to get thecat off the kitchen table or your grandmother to stop nagging you. How to affect behavior in your pets, your kids, your boss, your friends. How to improve your tennis stroke, your golf game, your math skills, your memory. All by using the principles of training with reinforcement.
A reinforcer is anything that, occuring in conjuction with an act, tends to increase he probability that the act will occur again.Â»
We read this after my husband had to shoot the dog because he kept biting people and chasing strangers. However,it was one of the best child rearing books we read! My favorite line was, "No one should have children until they have successfully trained chickens!" It's just great!