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Don't Shoot the Dog! by Karen Pryor
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May 02, 12

bookshelves: non-fiction-general, read-in-2012
Read from April 18 to May 02, 2012

An excellent book with loads of information, it gives me hope that I can train my dog in a humane and productive manner. However, the terminology comes at the reader fast and furious, so fast, in fact, that I had a hard time keeping it all straight. For example, in a relatively short passage, the following terms were used:

cue
marker signal
learned signal
reinforcement
primary reinforcer
negative reinforcer
discriminative stimulus
unconditioned stimulus
primary stimulus
aversive stimulus
conditioned stimulus

Aaaaaarrrgh!!! I just want to be able train my dog. But it is very hard for me to get my head around all of this terminology. If the next edition contained a glossary, with examples of how each term applies to the type of animal being trained (dog, cat, bird, dolphin, teenager, boss) I would be happy to give the author a great big -click- (marker signal?) and a fifth star (reinforcment?) for her book.
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