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Getting started : clicker training for cats
Pryor, Karen.
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Waltham, Mass. : Sunshine, [2001]

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85 pages ; 22 cm.
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SF446.6 .P79 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
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Train a cat? Yes, you can! Clicker training, the new way of communicating with animals, is quick and easy for you -- and it's fun for your cat. Clicker training can improve your cat's health, activity, and attitude toward life. It can make your cat happier and more affectionate.

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Behavioral biologist Pryor dispels the commonly held idea that cats can train their owners but cannot be trained themselves. The author of Don't Shoot the Dog! is a leading authority on clicker training, a method based on operant conditioning that uses positive reinforcement and a "click" signal to shape useful or amusing behavior. Pryor illustrates how clicker training can be used to teach a cat to come when called, to sit up and beg, and to walk on a leash. For those owners who thought that they could never stop their cat from scratching the new sofa or leaping on the counter, she offers step-by-step instructions for eliminating such undesirable behaviors. In addition, Pryor asserts that clicker training can enhance communication between cat and owner and, since it provides for increased activity, can have health benefits as well. Clicker training really works, and though it is based on scientific principles of operant conditioning, it is easily used by the average pet owner. Pryor's book is unique, as no other book available treats use of this method with cats. Recommended for public libraries. Florence Scarinci, Nassau Community Coll. Lib., Garden City, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Getting Startedp. 1
Chapter 2 Useful Behaviorp. 19
Chapter 3 Fun Stuffp. 37
Chapter 4 Problems and Solutionsp. 55
Chapter 5 Resources: Where to get help and learn morep. 77
Appendix Fifteen Tips for Getting Startedp. 81
About the Authorp. 85