Clicking with Your Dog by Peggy Tillman
While deliberating on which book to headline in launch of the Clicker Training Animals blog; I pondered a few titles, before realizing I wanted this book to be the introductory blog.
Now this title is dog specific, but the principles of application are sound, and “Treat Fairy Approved”
With Clicker Training on the rise. It only felt right to give the Clicker shout out to the Clicker queen herself Karen Pryor.
Karen has worked diligently with her team of professionals to publish standard works; on clicking with your dog; in a variety of sports, Canine Good Citizen, Obedience, Rally, and more.
But I didn't want to flood you with all the specifications. Instead, I wanted to focus on the core of what is Clicker Training, and how to apply it effectively.
For this reason. I think Clicking with Your Dog by Peggy Tillman is the best place to start. Right from the start you have Step by Step picture instructions. Guiding you through this complete guide to learning to Clicker Train.
This book may not be designed as a beginners guide, but I thoroughly suggest it to those interested in Clicker Training and learning more about its implementation. For those avid professionals, and modern handlers. This is also a good catch up, on your skills, and understanding of the tool, and it's process.
Bottom line to shaping behaviors. Starts with a thorough understanding; you are simply waiting for the behavior to occur. Know that waiting period could be a second. It's all dependent on the behaviors you are working with. Put attention onto a schedule, and promote good feelings.
While reading through this publication I was thrilled to see the charts, graphics, schedules, and more already created. Designed as a potential guide for instructors; I often remind myself. All handlers and clients are potential trainers. They need to understand the technical skills they are applying, and how to implement them properly. This book inspires it all.
This book has been number one in my recommended reading list for years, and now it's time I highlight it in the digital age. Hats off to these ladies on a masterpiece for Clicker addicts everywhere.