Thursday, 29 May 2014

Don't Shoot the Dog

Hey guys! I thought you might be missing my 'Mom' posts so here I am. Until now it has been more of a trek than train blog so today I'm going to be talking about a fantastic book I have read recently by Karen Pryor: Don't Shoot the Dog.

It has been recommended to me by a lot of people who have dogs and I have heard that it is a brilliant book explaining all the theories, facts and features of training not only dogs and animals but humans too. It is written in an easy-going, smooth and humoristic style with stories that reflect the idea being discussed. Don't Shoot the Dog isn't really a 'how-to' book about problems and how to combat them but it gives you the required knowledge to figure it out. However, it does include a detailed chapter on eight methods most commonly used to modify behaviour and gives a series of example problems with a description of how they can be eradicated using that method. Pryor has also included a chapter on clicker training that ended in the following about clicker training:

"In a recent e-mail Alex[andra Kurland] wrote, "It's done. We can't put the genie back in the bottle now. This is going to be fun." I hope she is right about the genie and the bottle. I know she's right about the fun. It has always been fun."

I find that to be one of the best quotes from the book. I urge all dog owners, teachers and anybody who wants to know how to manipulate :) change the people around them to read this book- it is truly worth the time!

Dina Mom

Disclaimer: I was not asked to write this review, I bought the book for the full price and no one involved in the writing, publishing or making of this book knows about this review. All opinions are my own.

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