When I was first introduced to clicker training some 10 years ago one of the books that was a real mind alterer was “Don’t Shoot the Dog” by Karen Pryor. Although the title would suggest that the book is somehow about dog training, it isn’t. It is about practical applications of reinforcement in any training situation. Or, really, any of our relationships, even with people. Over the years it has been one book I have recommended frequently.
Karen has just released a new book called “Reaching the Animal Mind.” Now, I admit that I have not yet read it. But, I expect it to be as least as interesting as Don’t Shoot the Dog. The website associated with the book is also good. It is set up to follow the book chapters and provides additional reading suggestions, links to useful sites and video clips. You’ll see that this book is also full of information that is broadly applicable to all species–including people!
The reason that I am mentioning it now, before I’ve read it, is because we all have a great opportunity to listen in on (and participate, too, if you want) a discussion with Karen about her new book. The discussion is taking place on the Yahoo Group, DogRead. The discussion has already started!