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Getting Started: Clicker Training for Cats

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Winner of a 2001 Award of Excellence from the Cat Writers Association of America, this easy-to-read beginner's guide is attracting attention from pet owners and professionals alike. The Behavior Clinic at Tufts University School of Veterinary prescribes it for cat-owning clients, especially those with behavior problems. The book is also required reading for cat owners at Purdue University Veterinary School's behavior clinic, and is being recommended and offered to cat adopters at many animal shelters.

Clicker Training for Cats

Karen Pryor's newest book describes exactly how you can use clicker training with your own cat. You'll learn how to teach your cat-

  • to come when called
  • to play without biting or scratching
  • to stay off the table
  • to get along with dogs
  • to walk on a leash
  • to do play cat games do and cute tricks-all for a click and a treat.

Along the way you'll meet several of Karen's own cats, and learn how clicker training helped this behavioral scientist come to understand the biological basis for many of the mystifying aspects of cat behavior, from their finickyness about food to their apparently sudden changes of mood.

What readers are saying about Clicker Training for Cats

"A fascinating read," says horse behaviorist Alexandra Kurland, "especially the section on clicker training aggressive dogs to be nice to cats."

Wendy Jeffries, owner of the Clicker Cat internet list, writes "For a cat, clicker training is like email! It's easy, relaxing, inspiring, and they learn something. Who could refuse them this little joy in life? You can get a lot accomplished if you simply do a little clicking every time you prepare a meal for the cat-five or ten rewards goes very quickly. It's quicker with the clicker."

Peggy Tillman, author of Clicking with your Dog, writes "This book is a great resource for me, as I often work with people who have both cats and dogs. I think reading books about both animals helps people understand clicker training faster." Trainer Donna Duford says "Dog owners love this book; clicking a cat is a wonderful way to understand.

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Karen Pryor is the founder and CEO of Karen Pryor Clicker Training and Karen Pryor Academy. She is the author of many books, including Don't Shoot the Dog and Reaching the Animal Mind. Learn more about Karen Pryor or read Karen's Letters online.

Cats riding in a motorhome

My experience has only been with dogs and their training. I had cats as a child and many of my friends have them. I have a specific problem that i could use your help.

Our friends want to go on an extended Motorhome trip with us. We have two dogs and they have two cats. We are each traveling in our own motorhome.

How do we get the cats to enjoy the experience. Other than trips to the Vet, they haven't done much traveling as they usually stay home with a house sitter. How do we use clicker training to make this a positive experience? The trip would be in June. Thank you for your help.


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