With spring in the air, on March 24, 2004, Kim Shaknis set off to walk in Willard Woods in Lexington, Massachusetts, with her 10-and-half-year-old golden retriever, Montana, and her friend Tucker (Highgarth Deacon), Aaron Clayton's 10-month-old, 75-pound black Labrador.
Off the Beaten Path
Clicker training small pets is a rewarding experience for animal and owner both. Rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, rats and other small pets are entirely trainable. Clicker training can help develop positive behavior, as well as a bond between human and animal. Joan Orr's article on clicker training small pets, as published in fall 2005 issue of PETS magazine, is available online as a PDF.
Tucker is my Labrador puppy. He's stop-dead-in-your-tracks handsome. Really. Cars have pulled over to tell me how handsome he is. Spend some time with him and you find out just how sweet and calm he is, too. He' so calm, people can't believe it. ("That's the calmest, lab I've ever seen. Golly Jed, come over here. Do you see this sweet puppy. He's real different from my daughter's lab. Is it the same breed?"
I am a hospital volunteer. One day I arrived and was told immediately that the patient in 4B was giving candy to anyone who came into her room. Well, you can imagine the rapid response she got when her bell rang. Indeed, staff and volunteers began to offer behavior by sticking our heads in just to see if she needed anything. Since that day, I have called it a "nurse trap."
Daniel J Radziej - Animal Ambassadors - South Africa
Here is a remarkable story of a leopard, a desert, and a clicker trainer. It may suggest a brand-new tool for track and study animals in the wild-and the National Geographic was there to film the whole thing.