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Reaching the Animal Mind: Clicker Training and What It Teaches Us About All Animals

Reaching the Animal Mind: Clicker Training and What It Teaches Us About All Animals [Kindle Edition]

Karen Pryor
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" Karen Pryor explains positive training methods in an easy-to-understand manner that can be quickly learned by all animal lovers." -- TEMPLE GRANDIN, Ph.D., author of Animals in Translation and Animals Make Us Human

"Karen Pryor has been at the forefront of humane and science-based training for decades, and this book shows us why. With compelling stories and accessible science, Reaching the Animal Mind is an inspiration for everyone who loves animals and wants to train them with compassion and respect. Whether you're an experienced clicker trainer or someone who just wants their dog to stop barking without having to yell, you really, truly want this book!" -- DR. PATRICIA McCONNELL, author of The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs

"Karen Pryor explores new discoveries in animal learning, looks at old concepts with a fresh perspective, and tells a masterful story throughout. I would put this on the required reading list for everyone who works with or cares about animals." -- KEN RAMIREZ, Shedd Aquarium, and author of Animal Training

"Karen Pryor shows how clicker training has solved problems that traditional training methods could not solve, or worse, that those methods caused. The more that people follow the principles in this book, the better off the world will be." -- JULIE VARGAS, author of Behavior Analysis for Effective Teaching


A celebrated pioneer in the field of no-punishment animal training,

Karen Pryor is responsible for developing clicker training—an all-positive, safe, effective way to modify and shape animal behavior—and she has changed the lives of millions of animals. Practical, engrossing, and full of fascinating stories about Pryor’s interactions with animals of all sorts, Reaching the Animal Mind presents the sum total of her life’s work. She explains the science behind clicker training, how and why it works, and offers step-by-step instructions on how you can clicker-train any animal in your life.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 413 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 276 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0743297768
  • Verlag: Scribner; Auflage: 1 (16. Juni 2009)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B001NLL4YQ
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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Wer das erste Buch von Karen Pryor, Don't Shoot The Dog, gelesen hat, für den ist dieses Buch kein Muss. Es ist eine nette Ergänzung, wobei mich Don't Shoot The Dog mehr begistert hat. Trotzdem ist auch Reaching The Animal Mind ein sehr gutes Buch. Äußerst lesenswert, unterhaltsam geschrieben und eine tolle Anleitung sein Tier zu erziehen. (Wer eine Anleitung in mehreren Trainingsschritten und Tabellenförmigen Angaben mit erläuternden Bildern erwartet, wie bei vielen anderen Ratgebern üblich, wird enttäuscht sein.) Wer jedoch mehr über die Hintergründe positiver Bestärkung erfahren möchte, wird mit diesem Buch sehr zufrieden sein. Karen Pryor beschreibt, wie sie zu dieser Methode gekommen ist, was sie durch Erfahrungen mit verschiedensten Tieren darüber gelernt hat und was man durch Clickertraining über Tiere lernen kann.
Zum Ende des Buches hin ist ein Methode "TAG-Training" genannt, beschrieben, die man für die Ausbildung von Sportlern und in allen möglichen Situationen mit Menschen anwenden kann um den Lernvorgang zu beschleunigen und eine Menge Spaß in das Training hineinzubringen. Denn durch das "Taggen", was dem Click gleichkommt, verstärkt sich nicht nur die Beziehung zwischen Lehrendem und Lernendem, sondern bringt beiden eine Menge Spaß beim Training statt einer Aufeinanderfolge von Frust und Enttäuschung, wie beim herkömmlichen Training oft üblich.
Es wird auch der Unterschied zwischen Clickertraining und bloßem Training mit "Leckerlies" oder Lob beschrieben, wie sich das Clickertraining auf das Gehirn auswirkt und warum sich dadurch der Lernerfolg viel schneller einstellen kann.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Training your pet 101 28. Mai 2014
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Exciting, detailed and based on science - awesome book by the "inventor" of clicker training for dogs and other pets!
Teachea a lot about animal behaviour, too.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Praktische Informationen für den Trainings-Alltag 10. Februar 2011
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Dieses Buch beschreibt praktisch, sachlich und liebevoll das Prinzip von Clicker Training für alle möglichen Tierarten. Sehr spannende und lehrreiche Beispiele aus dem Trainer-Alltag. Eine tolle Inspiration!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen They call me Clicker, Clicker, faster than lightning, No-one you see, is smarter than me! 27. April 2009
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At least that's how I feel after reading this wonderful book! To be honest, I had no idea as to what this book might be about - I thought it might be about finding a way to communicate better with your pet (in my case, a very BIG cat, who is the one that really runs my home). I also thought that it might be one of those cutesy animal books that are often fun to read but lack any substance. Boy, was I wrong! Instead, I discovered what a tremendously exciting and wonderful world that the study of animal behavior (include humans) can be through the eyes of an expert in behaviorism, and the study of how behaviors can be developed, learned, and altered that goes back to the work of Pavlov and later Skinner. I digress, however, as I don't want this review to focus on the hard science behind this book as it is wonderful reading for anyone who is interested in animals (of any kind) and how they may be trained. This book will also greatly appeal to those who like fascinating (sometimes even a bit bizarre) and hilarious stories about how humans are learning to interact with animals and each other.

The author, Karen Pryor, is an expert on using behavioral techniques to train dolphins and began practicing these principles when she was unexpectedly recruited to train the dolphins at Sea Life Park (Hawaii) back in 1961. At that time, her only qualifications were that she happened to be married to one of the people who ran the park and no one else could get the dolphins to perform (remember, this was in 1961 when very, very little was known about training animals in the manner which is now used all over the world today). Not only did Pryor appear to be extremely adept at training the dolphins but has since devoted her life to training both animals and people on the wonderful techniques she developed using (now) highly accepted and valid scientific principles. Pryor not only documents some of the extraordinarily funny and humorous experiences she's had (you've got to admit that training your son's pet hermit crab to ring a bell when it wants some food is a bit, for lack of a better term, just plan bizarre) and provides extraordinary insight into how exiting working with animals, of all kinds, really is.

After picking up this book, I literally have not been able to put it down (except to get a little sleep) and laughed throughout the entire experience. As an added bonus, Pryor does practice something she preaches - she makes learning fun! Getting back to that "dirty word" - science - the book is filled with it and yet I've never read a book, on any "scientific topic" that was able to get around all of the dry, boring material one might expect and embed it in a richly filled treasure tome of plain good fun. After reading this book, I wish I had pursued a career of animal training 30 years ago. Not only is Pyror's prose great fun to read, but the science behind it is also terrific! If science and psychology teachers are wise (and many of them are not), books like Pryor's should be required reading on the topic of behaviorism.

I've just returned from the store and have purchased a "clicker" - perhaps I'll start training my @#% cat to give me a "high five" this afternoon. Even if she doesn't learn (and, after reading Pyror's book, I'm sure she will), this book was a real joy to read and I would highly recommend it to everyone.

UPDATE - Okay, so I just posted this an hour ago. My cat and I had our first training session - she'll be eight in a couple of weeks and let's just say that I'm OLD :) I recently bought a couple of cans of "kitty tuna" (VERY cheap tuna packaged just for cats) - which smells horrible and looks even worse. Just the same, I finally cut our session off as I was losing my concentration (she wasn't). Well, I've already taught her how to sit and she's already raising her right pay in order to "give me five." Wow! This is REALLY too cool! Way to go Prior and way to go "Little Miss Fatso" (one of my cat's "nicer" names)!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Explains the technique behind effective clicker training that elicits positive results 28. April 2009
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Karen Pryor does a superb job of describing the "how" and "why" clicker training reaches the animal mind and gets results. She takes classical conditioning (that involuntary or automatic response to a stimulus such as a clicker) and turns it into operant conditioning whereby the animal learns to actively respond to that stimulus. During training you use a primary reinforcer (food, play) which is something the animal wants and is encouraged to work for to elicit the behavior. Also during operant conditioning a cue (such as a word or hand signal) is paired with the stimulus (clicker) and acts as a reinforcer as long as the recipient (animal or human) knows what it means and what to do. Over a period of time you use the clicker (and eventually the cue) and primary reinforcer to shape the behavior into what you want. If the conditioned response is not received, then withhold the primary reinforcer (for example, treat) until the expected behavior is repeated. However, you must remember never to cruelly punish non-behavior or force the desired behavior because you risk getting a fear response to your stimulus that can last forever. This explains why so many trainers and people fail in their training methods; it only takes one bad response on the trainers part.

The author provides many examples of where this training has worked and tells of how she has trained fish, a hermit crab, and other animals. She also gives a good example of horses that were impossible to load in a horse trailer becoming horses who loaded themselves. The trainer used the above techniques along with successive approximation which meant modifying the environment repeatedly to sequentially increase the difficultly of the task until it was similar to the environment the horses were afraid of.

This type of conditioning is also used on humans in training situations such as gymnastics, on autistic or disabled children, and others to elicit desired results. However, for humans this type of conditioning is called tagging. TAG (teaching with acoustical guidance) is the EXACT same technique as clicker training but is a euphemistically acceptable term to those who object to the idea that humans are being clicker trained.

The videos available for viewing on her web site that are referenced throughout the book were not available at the time of this pre-release edition; although a wonderful introductory video was available for review.

Reaching the animal mind is a succinct and effective book on how to achieve positive behavior changes in both animals and humans.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The best book I've read on animal behavior by far. 26. April 2009
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`Reaching the Animal Mind' far surpasses what I expected when I ordered a book to help me get my dog to stop barking. While It has what I was looking for (thank you very much), it also has much, much more.

Pryor's book should be required reading for any animal trainer, veterinarian, zoologist, pet owner or anyone else who interacts with animals on a regular basis. She clearly explains the principles and methods of operant (AKA `clicker') training and cites many examples of how the desired behavior was achieved. Her examples, each with a step-by-step description of how it is done, includes training an entire kennel of barking dogs to sit quietly in their cages, teaching six dolphins to leap out of the water and spin in perfect synchronization, and even to teach a hermit crab to ring a bell.

Another excellent feature about this book is the presence links to online slideshows and videos that demonstrate some of the techniques described in the book.

While not many people are interested in training hermit crabs the point is that the same basic techniques can be used to train just about any animal to do, or not do, just about anything. I was able to successfully teach my dog to catch and retrieve a frisbee using Ms. Pryor's techniques so I can personally vouch for their effectiveness. I highly recommend this book.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Interesting life review, but not about dogs 29. April 2009
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This is a vine review, I picked this book becuase I am a professional dog trainer of 20 years, and well acquainted with clicker training,and some of Karens previous works.
First, the cover is misleading,this is not a book about dog training.
This is a life, literture review of the lessons Karen has learned in her long and interesting life training, mostly dolphins .
I suspect Karens major money source in life right now is her dog training francishe, but her heart is really still with dolphins, not dogs.If you had read, Don't Shoot the Dog, twenty some years ago, then this book is a much better, rewritten version, minus dogs.
If you are new to clicker work and looking for a dog training book,then skip this book and buy a book by a dog trainer. Clicker work is wonderful, and I use it, but dolphins and dogs are not the same animal,an issue Karen glosses right over.
Once I realized this was a life review I settled down and enjoyed it. the stories are interesting. In the hands of a brillant, inuitive trainer, the clicker is a stunning tool for fast work and amazing change in behavior.
My last objection to the book is Karens writing style is just as plodding as mine, a bit slow to read, yes she has published lots of books, but after 20 years maybe her editor could find someone to give her some help to make her manuscripts read a little less like a PHD dissertation .
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Not Just for Animals! 14. Oktober 2010
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I feel the need to stress, up front, that while this book would appear to be a book about training animals, it has fundamental applications for anyone wishing to change or shape behaviour.

You may have heard of Karen Pryor because of her now famous book, Don't Shoot the Dog!: The New Art of Teaching and Training. It was purchased by many dog lovers who then discovered it wasn't necessarily about training dogs!

Reaching The Animal Mind
Karen Pryor's book is based on BF Skinner's research with operant conditioning. The clicker is basically a metal tongue in a plastic housing that makes a click sound when pressed and is used to `mark' quite specifically the desired behaviour. There is hard scientific evidence to back up her work. Pryor, however, avoids the usual boring academic style of writing in favour of a lighthearted approach that makes it fun and humorous to read.

Pryor began training dolphins at Sea Life Park in Hawaii in 1961. Remember that very little was known about dolphins in 1961. Her main qualification for getting the job was that she was married to the Director of the park.

The other trainers were having only limited success with training the wild caught dolphins. This book follows Pryor's journey as she trains creatures as diverse as wolves, dolphins, horses, elephants, fish and dogs. She even trained a hermit crab to ring a bell.

Have an open mind
This book should be read with an open mind and the many step-by-step examples make it easy to understand why clicker training can be used to train ANY animal (including the human animal). There are many short videos on her web site showing how clickers are used with animals and people to achieve amazingly quick and often stunning results.

When used with humans, clicker training is renamed TAG training (Teaching with Acoustical Guidance). Although it's exactly the same, some objected to the term `clicker training' being used with people because it's become associated with animal training.

Improve sports performance
Golfers, gymnasts and other sports people have all improved their performance with TAG training and children are able to TAG each other as peers. Autistic or disabled children have been taught ways to improve their behaviour. A group of fishermen were also trained to improve their performance despite language barriers. There's a description of how a group of young girls were taught to do a Fosbury Flop over a high jump in just 15 minutes of TAG training. You can watch the excellent video that goes with it on the Reaching the Animal Mind web site.

The impact on the brain
Karen proves that you can train any animal to do anything that it's physically and mentally capable of doing. The thing that I've found the most fun is exploring just how far those mental and physical capabilities extend.

One of the most fascinating things about this book is that the `click' sound the clicker makes has a direct impact on the amygdala, the reptilian part of the brain. It registers the click as `new information' and all brains are wired to search out new information.

Absolutely fascinating reading and recommended for those who have an interest in how people and animals learn and how behaviour can be shaped using only positive reinforcement.
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In contrast to a command, which is a veiled threat, a cue is a promise: if you understand what Im saying, and you carry it out correctly, you will definitely win. &quote;
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successive approximation: increasing the scope or strength of a behavior, not by selecting new criteria to reinforce but by making a series of small changes in the environment. &quote;
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What he called a primary reinforcer is any good stuff that the learner wants. The secondary reinforcer is the message that the good stuff is on its way. The cues or signals that indicate which behavior will pay off and when to do it are a third level of conditioned reinforcer, even further removed from the primary reinforcer, which some trainers call a tertiary reinforcer. &quote;
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