by Carolyn Barney
Are you and your dog attending your first clicker training class?
It's a lot to manage—the clicker, the treats, the toy, the leash, never mind the dog. Sometimes it's hard to remember what the instructor said about reinforcing recalls, what to do if your dog gets up during a “sit-stay,” or what to practice over the coming week.
Carolyn Barney's book is written just for you, supplementing what you learn in class with a quick overview of the theory behind clicker training and a series of homework progressions for basic behaviors. Tracking your daily and weekly progress is easy with the included worksheets, and lots of insider tips make clicker training work better for you and your dog. Beyond providing the novice trainer with the nuts and bolts of clicker training, Clicker Basics for Dogs & Puppies offers a wealth of information about the concerns that most dog owners have: housetraining, crate training, leash training, diet, neutering and spaying, puppy biting, chewing, and fear behaviors. This handy reference is meant to back up what you learn in class and to guide you through the weeks that follow—when your instructor isn't there to point the way.