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Clicker Training for Cats

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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.

In the easy-to-read beginner's guide, Karen Pryor, the world's leading clicker training expert, te

Paperback, 81 pages
Published July 1st 2003 by Sunshine Books (MA) (first published 2001)
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Dec 16, 2009 Kevin rated it it was amazing
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Now my cat obeys my every demand.

Ok, most of my demands.


If she feels like it.

But still...
Mar 29, 2008 Ryan rated it liked it
I picked up this book after reading Pryor's book, "Don't Shoot the Dog", which was also really great. I haven't really had the time to invest going all out with clicker training our cats, but the little I've done has worked beautifully. It really teaches how important associations and habit are in determining behavior for both animals and humans. The best part about clicker training pets is how mentally stimulating it is for them (and for you because you have to be so creative in your methods ...more
Apr 08, 2014 S rated it it was amazing
Excellent ideas. Just waiting for the clicker I ordered to come in the mail and then Sprout and I are ready to have some training fun! Really, Karen Pryor really seems to know what she's talking about. She started as a dolphin trainer and has trained dolphins, dogs, cats, horses and more with the clicker training method. All positive reinforcement. No punishment. Just ignore behaviors you don't want and reward those you do want.
Jun 25, 2008 Lynn rated it really liked it
After reading Clicker Training for Dogs and seeing that there was a version for cats, my interest was piqued. Seriously? Training cats to do things? On command? Well, I'm planning to give it a shot. Basil already knows that if she's on our bed making noise at night, *psst, psst* means "lay down and get settled," and she does it pretty reliably. If I can get her to shut up between my walking through the door after work and my feeding her dinner, I might have to up this to 5 stars...
Nov 07, 2013 Hilary rated it liked it
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Lots of good information, though also lots of grammatical errors or typos. I got some great ideas for things to work on with my cat, but I was hoping for more. Definitely a great read for someone that is unfamiliar with clicker training and has a desire to train their cat not just party tricks, but ways to make living together easier. It left me feeling motivated and looking for Phillip so I could teach him a new trick.
Oct 07, 2015 Mick rated it it was amazing
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I've read Pryor's book on clicker training and the history of it, which was fascinating, but this is my first hands-on book of hers. It was quick, with her signature easy-going, conversational style, and the tips are really useful. I had my first clicker session with my 11-year-old cat yesterday, and she picked up targeting in 1 click. Cats are really super smart; I don't know why more people don't train them! This book is a great place to get started and really useful for any cat owner.
Aug 26, 2014 Robin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After taking classes on Behavior Modification & Clicker Training at the Cornell Shelter Medicine Conference, I picked up this book and a few others on clicker training for cats.
This book offers a direct, practical approach to training, and I found it very informative.
Now I just need to make the time to put what I learned into practice. :)
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Sep 15, 2015 Moorhead Public Library rated it liked it
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Yes, cats can be trained. I taught my cat to wave using methods I learned in this book. Cats are naughty when they get bored and training gives them the mental stimulus they need (not to mention a bunch of treats!)

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Feb 15, 2015 Jela Clarke rated it liked it
It does give you some basic ideas of how to start clicker training. However, I wish it also went into explaining how to do tricks such as sit, paw, or sit with the cat.
Jun 30, 2013 Boris rated it it was ok
Some fair ideas, but the general idea here is more about shaping from spontaneity rather than shaping. I like the other clicker book's approach better.
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Karen Pryor is the CEO of Karen Pryor Clicker Training and Karen Pryor Academy.

Karen is an active, leading spokesperson and teacher for effective force-free training across the globe. Her work with dolphins in the 1960s revolutionized animal training by pioneering and popularizing force-free training methods based on operant conditioning and the conditioned reinforcer.

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