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Positive, Fast Training for Your Pet: Just a Click Away
With Guest: Karen Pryor, author of "Reaching the Animal Mind: Clicker Training and What It Teaches Us about All Animals."

Original Air Date: 06-26-2009

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In today's episode Karen Pryor, the founder of clicker training and the author of "Don't Shoot The Dog!" talks about her new book, "Reaching the Animal Mind." The complete stories behind these photos can be found in the book.
Book cover photo by Matt Kanaracus)

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What one of the clickers looks like. This i-click is attached to a white coil clip that can hook on to a belt loop. Purchase i-clickers through Karen Pryors website, www.clickertraining.com.
(Photo courtesy of www.reachingtheanimalmind.com)

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Karen's original book that explains clicker training and the principles and practical uses of positive reinforcement to teach new behaviors.
(Photo courtesy of www.reachingtheanimalmind.com)

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Clicker training can be effective to positively reinforce behaviors that we ourselves want to accomplish. Coaches are finding they can more immediately communicate when a movement is correct through the clicker than by using their voice.
(Photo courtesy of www.reachingtheanimalmind.com)

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Training tanks at Sea Life Park, a research facility on Oahu, Hawaii.
(Photo courtesy of www.reachingtheanimalmind.com)

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Karen training the spotted dolphins, named Hoku and Kiko.
(Photo courtesy of www.reachingtheanimalmind.com)

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A young bottlenose dolphin interacting with a child at the Dolphin Research Center in Florida. Susan Frank also swam with two dolphins at this same center many years ago. These dolphins choose if they want to interact with humans or not.
(Photo courtesy of www.reachingtheanimalmind.com)

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Clicker training is ideal for teaching your dog many things. Here a dog named Peg is playing the box game. The description of this activity that is fun to do with your dog, is in the book, "Reaching the Animal Mind."
(Photo courtesy of www.reachingtheanimalmind.com)

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Cats can be clicker trained. This cat has learned to give a high five - paw to hand.
(Photo courtesy of www.reachingtheanimalmind.com)

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At Wolf Park, a research facility in Indiana, one of the wolves, leaps backwards for a click.
(Photo courtesy of www.reachingtheanimalmind.com)

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A wolf and Karen Pryor posing on cue at the Wolf Park in Indiana.
(Photo courtesy of www.reachingtheanimalmind.com)

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Karen Pryor has clicker trained numerous different types of animals. This is a Northern Bald Ibis.
(Photo courtesy of www.reachingtheanimalmind.com)

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Karen Pryor and a rodent friend. They can be clicker trained too.
(Photo courtesy of reachingtheanimalmind.com)

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Karen was hired to conduct research on dolphins that become enclosed in the nets used while fishing for tuna. This photo shows a tuna clipper and the net.
(Photo courtesy of www.reachingtheanimalmind.com)

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Starting data collection while in the net with the dolphins. The dolphins wait in the net until they are released when the net is pulled back aboard the ship full of the catch of tuna.
(Photo courtesy of www.reachingtheanimalmind.com)

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The tuna fishing nets are very large, being half a mile long and six hundred feet deep. Here a mother and baby play while passing time in the net.
(Photo courtesy of www.reachingtheanimalmind.com)

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A group of participants at one of the past Clicker Training Expos. This is a great opportunity to learn the methods and benefits of clicker training.
(Photo courtesy of www.clickerexpo.com)

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Karen Pryor is a scientist with an international reputation in two fields—marine mammal biology and behavioral psychology. Through her work with dolphins in the 1960s she pioneered modern, force-free animal training methods.

Karen is the author of many scientific papers and monographs, as well as seven books. She is a founder and leading proponent of clicker training, the worldwide movement involving new ways to communicate positively with pets and other animals. The founder and CEO of the behavioral publishing company Sunshine Books, Inc., and its online divisions, Karen has three children and seven grandchildren. She lives in Boston with two clicker trained dogs and a clicker trained cat. (Photo of Karen and her dog by Peter Urban)

Karen Pryor's Website

Reaching the Animal Mind Website

Clicker Expo Website

Karen Pryor Academy Website

Additional Resources

To find out more about this type of training that is applied to helping people learn, see this website. www.tagteach.com

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