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Karen Pryor

Updated on March 6, 2013

Thank you Karen Pryor!

When my Mum first adopted me, she wanted to make sure that I was a happy, healthy pup. One of the ways to get there was to show me the 'ropes' to be well behaved.

Even though I was her first dog, she found out about click training right away when the clerk at the pet store said she needed to get a clicker. "A clicker? What's a clicker?" she asked. They gave her a little instruction, and Mum also researched on the Internet.

Before you know it I was learning all kinds of great behaviors to help me get along with our 'pack' and learn all the 'ropes'. Everything from sit and down, to stay and off, and loads more.

When I started agility, Mum even used the clicker to help me learn the obstacles and handling, much more faster and easier.

I love my clicker, and so does my sis Gracie. When Mum gets the clicker out, we know it's time for fun!

Visit Karen's Website for lots of great clicker training advice! 

Karen Pryor at a Glance!

Karen Pryor (born May 14, 1932 in New York City, New York) is an author and a scientist with an international reputation in the fields of marine mammal biology and behavioral psychology. Through her work with dolphins in the 1960s, she pioneered modern, force-free animal training methods, and became an authority on applied operant conditioning-the art and science of changing behavior with positive reinforcement.

She is a founder and leading proponent of clicker training, a worldwide movement involving new ways to communicate positively with pets and other animals.

Karen Pryor was educated at Cornell University (B.A., 1954 [1]) with graduate work in zoology and behavioral biology at the University of Hawaii, New York University, and Rutgers University. She was a founder of Hawaii's Sea Life Park and Oceanic Institute where she served as curator and pioneering dolphin trainer. She has served the U.S. government as a Marine Mammal Commissioner, and consults to private industry on behavior and training. She is a past trustee of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies and a member of the board of the B.F. Skinner Foundation.

Many dog trainers are now using a little plastic noisemaker, a "clicker," as their marker signal to tell a dog when it has performed a behavior that will earn it a reward. In 1987 Pryor began giving seminars and communicating with hundreds and then thousands of dog trainers who were eager to try a non-coercive teaching system, rather than a punishment- or force-based system.

Called "clicker training," this method of applied operant conditioning has now spread around the world, greatly aided by the Internet. Reinforcement training is now widely used in zoos, in the handling and medical care of wild animals, and with other domestic animals such as horses and parrots.

Karen Pryor is the founder, publisher and CEO of Karen Pryor's Clickertraining (KPCT) and Sunshine Books, Inc., a behavioral publishing company, producing books and videos on "clicker training" and the science of operant conditioning and positive reinforcement, and its online divisions. She is also a founder of TAGteach International, an organization that teaches coaches to apply the principles of marker-based shaping to sports and dance.

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We've put together, in one place, all the cool stuff you need for your dog!

Find dog beds, all natural foods and treats, collars, leashes,charms, training and agility gear, vitamins and supplements, books, clothing, toys and more!

And the best part is we donate 10% of our profits to dog rescues and shelters!

This is me, getting in a little clicker training on a hot day!

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      10 years ago from USA

      This is nifty! My dog looks a lot like Johann the Dog and I would love to try the click training. She is a border collie mix and without clicks, she has still learned lots of great tricks: sit (at 8 weeks old)(smart puppy!), down, roll over, bang (you're dead), go around (in a circle), go through (my legs), back up, stay, come, where's the treats? or where are other things (she finds them) and touch (she will touch someone's hand with her nose). Our favorites? Hugs and Kisses!

      I love all your charming sites! 5* fellow Giant*! Woof!


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