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On My Mind: Goodbye 2010, Hello 2011!

For me, the biggest thrill of 2010 was the rise of the Karen Pryor Academy (KPA) Certified Training Partner (CTP). A CTP is a dog trainer who has passed our challenging flagship course with high grades. That means he or she truly understands how to use reinforcement technology, at a high level of skill, on any learner—including the human owner.

Click to the Music

Karen clicks and sings

Clicker training is NOT just about the clicker and marking behavior. That is very powerful, and it’s the first thing people learn. However, you’re not really doing the whole thing until you absorb and automatically use the underlying principles.

On My Mind: The Twitter Marathon

Editor’s note: Recently Karen Pryor traveled to Lexington, Kentucky, for the World Equestrian Games.

On My Mind: Clicker Training…What a Concept!

I sense that the concepts of clicker training are spreading faster and farther than ever before. It’s not just the click that people think of now. It’s not just, “Oh, it has to be positive.” It’s more fundamental than that.

On My Mind: What Makes a Good Trainer? Sharing the Wealth

"The idea that lots of people, potentially everybody, can be involved in the process of innovation is utterly transforming. Two things make this possible, one obvious and one not. The obvious one is—say it with me—the Internet. The other one, the surprising one, is a curious phenomenon you could call intellectual altruism. It turns out that given the opportunity, people will donate their time and brainpower to make the world better."