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Title:
Clicker training for obedience : shaping top performance--positively
Author:
Spector, Morgan.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Waltham, MA : Sunshine Books, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
vii, 267 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780962401787
Format :
Book

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Summary

In this breakthrough book, Morgan Spector shows you how and why to use clicker training, the technology of operant conditioning and positive reinforcement, to train your dog. Whether you're starting off with a new puppy or headed for the Obedience ring, these step-by-step instructions will work for you.


Table of Contents

1 A Personal Notep. 1
2 The Basicsp. 5
Physical interactionp. 5
primary and conditioned reinforcersp. 7
Why the clicker?p. 8
Conditioning the soundp. 12
Basic shapingp. 15
Two types of reinforcersp. 16
The "ringwise" dogp. 19
Superstitious behaviorp. 20
Establishing the clickerp. 21
Maintaining the associationp. 22
Schedules of reinforcementp. 24
Variable reinforcement mistakesp. 27
"Whisper" commandsp. 28
Putting behavior on cuep. 29
Generalization ("proofing")p. 34
The behavior chainp. 35
Fading the clickerp. 38
Crossover dog, crossover trainerp. 39
3 Fluenciesp. 45
Building fluenciesp. 45
Shaping with the target stickp. 46
Attentionp. 52
Working the rear endp. 55
Shaping the sitp. 57
The downp. 66
The standp. 72
Left-side walkingp. 75
The informal recallp. 83
Beginning the retrievep. 89
Jumpingp. 96
"Find the one that smells like me"p. 104
4 Novice--or, Beginning Utilityp. 109
Heelingp. 110
The "group" exercisesp. 140
The Stand for examinationp. 147
Finish, front, and recallp. 154
5 Open: Step Two to the UDp. 171
Heelingp. 172
Jumping practicep. 173
Performance exercises as behavior chainsp. 173
Drop on recallp. 174
The retrievep. 179
The high jumpp. 182
The broad jumpp. 187
6 Utility: Are You Having Fun Yet?p. 193
The signals exercisesp. 193
Scent discrimination (articles)p. 200
The directed retrieve ("gloves" exercise)p. 209
The moving stand and examinationp. 211
Directed jumping, Part 1: the go-outp. 213
Directed jumping, Part 2: the jumpsp. 219
7 For the Pet Owner: Who's in Charge Here?p. 225
Some thoughts for the pet ownerp. 225
Application of clicker trainingp. 227
Solving behavior problemsp. 229
Appendicesp. 233
A Variable Reinforcement and Long-Duration Behaviorsp. 233
B Unofficial Awards, Events, Titles, Scoring Systemsp. 236
C Standard Heeling Patterns
D Problem Solving
E Fitting the Dumbbell
Glossary of Termsp. 245
Suggested Readingsp. 251
Acknowledgmentsp. 253
About the Authorp. 255
Indexp. 257