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Getting Started: Clicker Training for Dogs by Karen Pryor Review

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.

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1 thought on “Getting Started: Clicker Training for Dogs by Karen Pryor Review”

  1. Seriously, clickers get lost.
    Seriously, clickers get lost. It’s good that it comes with one, but it’s never around when you need it. While training, you’ll probably need a few stored around the house.