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Clicker Basics for Dogs and Puppies

Clicker Basics for Dogs and Puppies



Author: Carolyn Barney
Format: Paperback
Length: 104 pages
Release Date: 2007

It's a lot to manage—the clicker, the treats, the toy, the leash, never mind the dog. Sometimes it's hard to remember what your instructor said about reinforcing recalls, what to do if your dog gets up during a sit-stay, or what to practice over the coming week. This book is written just for you, supplementing what you learn in class with a quick overview of the theory behind clicker training and a series of homework progressions for basic behaviors. Tracking your daily and weekly progress is easy with the included worksheets, and lots of insider tips make clicker training work better for you and your dog. Beyond providing the novice trainer with the nuts and bolts of clicker training, Clicker Basics for Dogs & Puppies offers a wealth of information about the concerns that most dog owners have: housetraining, crate-training, leash-training, diet, neutering and spaying, puppy biting, chewing, and fear behaviors. This handy reference is meant to back up what you learn in class and to guide you through the weeks between—when your instructor isn't there to point the way.

About the Author
Carolyn Barney founded Gemini Dog Training & Daycare in Littleton, MA, in 1991. Gemini is a full-service dog training, behavior, grooming and daycare center that uses clicker training techniques in all private lessons, consultations, and 35 classes per week. Carolyn believes that training and behavior modification should be safe, enjoyable, and successful for both the dogs and the humans who love them. She co-teaches two canine cognition/behavior courses at Harvard University Extension School and works as a behavior consultant for the MSPCA, providing Rowdy Rover training classes and behavior therapy for shelter dogs and their families. Carolyn has been training, competing, and titling dogs for over 20 years in obedience, conformation, tracking, and earthdog. For the past eight years she has concentrated on agility, titling multiple dogs.

Clicker Basics for Dogs & Puppies contains the following sections:

General Guidelines

  • If You Are Attending a Class
  • Trained Dog, Happy Dog
  • About This Training Program
  • ABCs of Learning Theory: How Dogs Learn
  • Clicker Training 101
  • Variable Reinforcement Basics or How to Get Away from the Food!
  • Finishing Touches
  • Training Toolbox
  • Training Summary
  • Terminology

The Exercises

  • O.K.
  • Attention
  • Targeting
  • Sit
  • Down
  • Recall
  • Sit-Stay
  • Let's Go
  • Long Down on Mat
  • Door Safety
  • Retrieve/Give
  • Leave It
  • Gotcha
  • Trick: Spin
  • Sit-Stay for Petting & Examination
  • On-Leash Greeting
  • Extras for Your Puppy
  • Puppy Biting

Dealing with Common Problems

  • Fearful Pups & Dogs
  • Solving Destructive Chewing
  • Pulling... Whoa!

General Dog Ownership Tips

  • Leash Training
  • Housetraining Tips
  • Crate Training
  • Guidelines for Life with Your Dog


  • The Benefits of Neutering Your Dog
  • The Benefits of Spaying Your Dog
  • What You Should Know About Feeding Your Dog
  • Doggie Daycare
  • Choosing the Right Person to Watch Over Your Pup
  • Bibliography
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