In summary, the good:
- A good guide for beginners and those wanting to get a quick jump start with clicker training.
- Easy to read, and the basic are well covered.
- Comes with a clicker and sample treats.
- The quick reference cards are very useful. The Bark/Shhh method is valuable.
The not so good:
- No depth. Doesn’t explain concepts thoroughly.
- No real explanations of shaping or backchaining. You won’t be able to train advanced behaviors.
Given that this is a book for true beginners, the bad can’t really be held against it. Overall, we do recommend it.
However, for those wanting more than a quick snack, we would encourage you to pick up the advanced Clicker Training guide we reviewed to get a full treatment of operant conditioning and clicker training concepts.