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  • Paperback: 97 pages
  • Publisher: Sunshine Books (MA) (February 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890948101
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890948108
  • Product Dimensions: 25.6 x 19 x 0.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,745,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Karen pryor is a behavior biologist and author whose popular books range over a wide variety of subjects, from mothers and infants to dolphin social systems. As a founder and curator of Sea Life Park in Hawaii she pioneered many of the techniques that are now standard worldwide in the training of marine mammals. She is the author of the leading textbook on positive reinforcement in humans and animals, Don't Shoot the Dog! The New Art of Teaching and Training. As CEO of Sunshine Books, Inc., and its affiliate Website, she has encouraged the development of many new uses for reinforcement-based teaching, including horse training, behavioral management of cats, birds, and zoo animals, shelter management, veterinary care, and the training of human sports and skills. She has three children and seven grandchildren, and lives in Boston with a border terrier, a harlequin poodle and a Burmese cat, all of whom are clicker trained.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Janet M. Foltz on April 15 2004
Format: Paperback
First off let me say that I have a great deal of respect for Karen Pryor. I own her amazing video, Clicker Magic, and have read Don't Shoot the Dog along with many of her articles about animal training. I admire her greatly. She writes with a healthy sense of humor, and her advice is always sound.
However, this book was a great disappointment to me. Although the articles are interesting, the training instruction is very broad. I had hoped for more specific information. If you are just starting out using a clicker to train, your money would be better spent on the above titles from Karen Pryor. I also recommend videos and books by Gary Wilkes.
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I just received the new book by Karen Pryor, Click to Win! It's great! It's about clicker training dogs for the show ring, but everything in there can be applied to horses. It's very concise and gives lists of Tips for Getting Started, Targeting, Getting Rid of Unwanted Behaviors, Shaping, etc. I love the part where she talks about judging and all things being equal, showmanship can win the ribbon. You can teach your dog to take the stack on his own and then give the judge an "adoring" look. Too cool! My favorite part was about breeders who are clicker training their litters from birth. Some breeders offer replacement guarantees for animals that don't work out. The breeders who are CT'ing litters and offering replacement guarantees have had their replacement numbers dropped to zero!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Click To Win: Clicker Training for the Show Ring April 23 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I just received the new book by Karen Pryor, Click to Win! It's great! It's about clicker training dogs for the show ring, but everything in there can be applied to horses. It's very concise and gives lists of Tips for Getting Started, Targeting, Getting Rid of Unwanted Behaviors, Shaping, etc. I love the part where she talks about judging and all things being equal, showmanship can win the ribbon. You can teach your dog to take the stack on his own and then give the judge an "adoring" look. Too cool! My favorite part was about breeders who are clicker training their litters from birth. Some breeders offer replacement guarantees for animals that don't work out. The breeders who are CT'ing litters and offering replacement guarantees have had their replacement numbers dropped to zero!
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
How to train your dog to self-stack and gait at the best pace May 7 2010
By M. HARDT - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book stands by itself -- nowhere else will one find how to train a dog to self-stack without ever putting a hand on him. These are techniques that are known by the great handlers and used in the ring with the great dogs. One doesn't need to use a clicker -- one can "cluck" as if directing a horse to go faster. The book shows you, step by step, how to teach your dog to self-stack with attention, how to gait at the best speed with reach and drive and how to teach a dog to put its ears up, its tail up and its tail down as needed.

The reviewer that stated that no one uses clickers in the ring obviously does not understand clicker training. The clicker (or the click sound) is only used to train the dog; once the dog understands the command, praise can be substituted. How much better than waving bait around or using a squeaky toy to try to get your dog's ears up and his attention!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Click to win Book review Jan. 11 2011
By Klkorizis - Published on Amazon.com
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Ordered the book "Click To Win " . It's a fast read with plenty of examples. I love it.
I highly recommend this book to my 'newbie' puppy buyers who intend ... May 8 2015
By GallopingGypsy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
As a breeder of puppies destined for the Show ring, I highly recommend this book to my 'newbie' puppy buyers who intend to Show. For those who want to Show their own dogs, it gives them a good insight into how to train and present their dog more professionally and to be competitive. Even if their Breeder or a Handler is going to Show their dog, it is valuable for them to train and prepare their dog for what to do in the ring.

The book is focused more on how to use clicker training to capture "Show ring" behaviors, not as a basic tutorial on the concept of clicker training. So if a puppy person is new to clicker training concepts, I recommend a basic book and practicing with tricks and other basic behaviors first. Every dog should know how to Free Stack to be competitive, and how to work without bait, as some Judges do not like over baiting in the ring. TRAINING these behaviors in a way your dog can understand what you want it to do, not simply trying to lure your dog into position with food in the ring, is ideal.

For those commentors who say "you cannot use a clicker in the ring" they are not understanding that the clicker is used only to 'train' a behavior - as a cue to the dog when he is doing something right. Once trained, you put the behavior on a command (i.e. "sit") and the clicker is no longer used.
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
There are better options April 15 2004
By Janet M. Foltz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
First off let me say that I have a great deal of respect for Karen Pryor. I own her amazing video, Clicker Magic, and have read Don't Shoot the Dog along with many of her articles about animal training. I admire her greatly. She writes with a healthy sense of humor, and her advice is always sound.
However, this book was a great disappointment to me. Although the articles are interesting, the training instruction is very broad. I had hoped for more specific information. If you are just starting out using a clicker to train, your money would be better spent on the above titles from Karen Pryor. I also recommend videos and books by Gary Wilkes.


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