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Karen Pryor, Getting Started: Clicker Training for Dogs Kit


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  1. Anyse Joslin "Russian is NOT for EVERYONE"
    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Yep, I get a lickin’ and I keep on clickin’!, January 9, 2010
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    Anyse Joslin “Russian is NOT for EVERYONE” (Sacramento, CA USA) –
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    This is such a nice “starter set” for learning how to train your dog (horses and other critters are mentioned as well). Each new task is broken down for you in workable parts so that the task, overall, can be learned easily by your dog as well as by you! Yes, you need to know how to be a good teacher for your very best friend in the world!

    The set includes a nice clicker that is not too high-pitched or too loud so that it will not scare your darling friend. Yes, I got a couple of other clickers that were larger, really loud and high pitched such that it actually scared my sensitive buddy! Karen Pryor also has a nice set of 5 even smaller clickers at a very low price here on the Amazon site. Get them if you don’t already have a few extra clickers so that you can keep them everywhere around thehouse wherever you go as well as one for your pocket when you go out of the house with your dog.

    The “Help Cards” are sturdy as well as attractive. These help to “remind” you of the steps and each facet of the training that you will have to do to help you as well as your friend to master each task. She makes it so easy.

    There is a small bag of tiny treats included (about 100 or so) to get you started. You need to figure out the “level” of treats that you want to use to train your dog. They go from “high” to “low” value. Basically, for simpler tasks and steps, you will use “low” value treats for training. Something your pal likes and will do the trick for the “usual” training sessions. However, there will be times that “high” value treats (hot dog pieces, beef stick pieces, or even a toy that your dog really loves to play with) will be needed when you want to train your dog to do more complex tasks and to keep her attention throughout the process. I have learned to use food treats less and less and to use high praise and breaks after so much time (every 5-10 minutes). Some complaints about “clicker” training is the food reward all of the time. I prefer not to use food as a reward. I am the only person who feeds him and, when I do, the words “Roo-roo” get him going, he perks up, is excited while I prepare his raw meat and is more than happy to get his one meal each day and the 1/4 cup of meat kibble to gnosh on during the day. He loves this time and I strive to keep food and performance as separate as possible. It works very well. Also, this is a great help to those of you who have heard that a food reward for everything that your dog does for you (from step-by-step rewards to a reward for the task itself each time it is completed satisfactorily) is not the best thing in the world.

    The book is fantastic and it should be your “FIRST” clicker training book! I then recommend another book, which is a compendium of many more task, as a follow-up: “Click for Joy! Questions and Answers from Clicker Trainers and Their Dogs,” also by Karen Pryor!

    I wish you the best for you and your dog. My dog has achieved a greater level of confidence from doing these tasks, learning them, and the deeper relationship that he and I have developed through this process. He is more of the dog he can be as a result and you will be proud of both yourself and your dog as you both achieve the learning of each task!

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  2. 17 of 18 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great Set, July 7, 2008
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    This review is from: Karen Pryor, Getting Started: Clicker Training for Dogs Kit (Misc.)

    This book is easy to understand, cards are a great reference, clicker is small enough to hold in hand with leash. I would recommend any time.

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  3. Frank J. Perricone
    17 of 17 people found the following review helpful:
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Everything you need, September 12, 2009
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    Frank J. Perricone (People’s Republic of Vermont) –
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    The book is the heart of this package and it’s simple, friendly, easy to read, and covers everything. It spends more pages than it needs to on selling you on the idea of clicker training: the whole first and last chapters, and periodic paragraphs in between throughout. Maybe some people need to be reassured more than they need to be taught how to do it, but I found it a little unnecessary. Even so, it’s a brief book you can get through in a few hours and yet it has everything you need to begin clicker training.

    The quick start cards are in some ways more handy since they get right to the point. They are necessarily brief, and I wonder if some people might be tempted to work just from them and thus end up frustrated since they don’t explain some of the finer points. But even if you did go just from the card you could likely do pretty well as they do cover the important details.

    The clicker is a little large and doesn’t have as crisp a sound as the other one we bought, but it’s quite serviceable. The bag of treats is perfunctory; it’s not enough to do anything, and they might as well not have included it.

    This package will definitely get you started on clicker training and give you everything you need (other than buying more high-quality treats!) to get good results. Clicker training works. (However, I would still recommend a basic obedience class first: clicker training builds on the basics rather than replacing them.)

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