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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 animaland humanbehavior.
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, kidseven yourselfwithout 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 responseso there is no question what action you are rewarding
•8 methods of ending undesirable habitsfrom 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.
"Whatever the task, whether keeping a four-year-old quiet in public, housebreaking a puppy, coaching a team, or memorizing a poem, it will go fast, and better, and be more fun, if you know how to use reinforcement."--Karen Pryor.
Now Karen Pryor clearly explains the underlying principles of behavioral training and through numerous fascinating examples reveals how this art can be applied to virtually any common situation. And best of all, she tells how to do it without yelling threats, force, punishment, guilt trips--or shooting the dog. 8 methods for putting an end to all kinds of undesirable behavior. The 10 laws of "shaping" behavior--for results without strain or pain through "affection training." How to combat your own addictions to alcohol, drugs, cigarettes, overheating or whatever, how to deal with such difficult problems as a moody spouse, an impossible teen, or an aged parent. Plus. . .House training the dog, improving your tennis game, keeping the cat off the table, and much more!
Karen Pryor became an authority on learning and teaching as a pioneer dolphin trainer at Hawaii's Sea Life Park. Dolphins can only be trained by positive reinforcement, not punishment. Now Pryor applies this breakthrough insight to all of us and shows how to get fast results without yelling, threats, force, guilt trips -- or shooting the dog.
This new edition of "Don't Shoot The Dog!" includes:
-- Eight methods for putting an end to undesirable behavior, from keeping the cat off the kitchen table to shaping up that sloppy roommate
-- The ten laws of "shaping" behavior through "affection training"
-- Popular new "clicker" techniques for training pets, which Karen originated
-- Practical tips on improving your tennis game, curing your own bad habits, and dealing with difficult people
-- Hopeful new research on teaching autistic children