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ClickerExpo 2017: A Top-10 Animal Training Conference!

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 18:50:15 +0000

In a recent post, The Modern Dog Trainer included Karen Pryor Clicker Training’


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Earn CEUs from Karen Pryor Academy!

Mon, 25 Jun 2007 15:08:01 +0000

Great news! You can now earn CEUs for IAABC and CPDT by enrolling in the Karen Pryor Academy Dog Trainer Program! Along with all the other benefits — a great education, business training, marketing support and more — you can add CEUs (22 for CPDT and 20 for IAABC)! 

Learn more about Karen Pryor Academy:

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Training in the Multi-Animal Household

Sun, 31 Dec 2006 22:49:39 +0000

I've seen this topic come up on multiple mailing lists recently: "I have two .

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Stages of Learning

Sat, 30 Dec 2006 23:37:53 +0000

Do you play piano? I bet you learned to finger the notes, and read the music, and even the basic theory fairly quickly. At that point would you say you have "learned to play the piano"?

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The Myth of "Purely Positive"

Sat, 30 Dec 2006 22:35:14 +0000

Earlier this month on the ClickerSolutions mailing list, a list member used the term "purely positive," a

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Is the Clicker a Conditioned Reinforcer?

Mon, 04 Dec 2006 18:12:03 +0000

A primary reinforcer is a reinforcer that an animal is born needing such as food, water, shelter.

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Training Levels

Wed, 29 Nov 2006 01:53:22 +0000

Want to train your dog but not sure what behaviors to teach? A new Web site offers a brilliant solution.

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The New Face of Click-L

Tue, 28 Nov 2006 18:45:18 +0000

Click-L is the grandfather of all clicker training mailing lists. It was started in the mid-1990s by Kathleen Weaver, and has consistently been at the forefront of clicker lists since. Click-L has a new owner now, Kellie Snider, and its focus has evolved. Rather than being "just another general discussion list," the new Click-L focuses on the scientific side of clicker training.

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Dealing with Aggression

Tue, 28 Nov 2006 17:20:09 +0000

What do you do when two friends become mortal enemies? That's what happened to a poster on the Cat-Clicker mailing list recently. She had two cats, an aging female and a young male, who had been, well, if not friends then friendly cohabitants, until the older cat had surgery. Now for the last several months, the owner has had to keep the cats separated because trouble starts quickly if the two are together.

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Puppy Testing for Service Dogs

Mon, 20 Nov 2006 19:44:39 +0000

What can a prospective owner do to maximize his chance of selecting a puppy who will make a superb service dog candidate? That has been a lively topic of discussion on the OC-Assist-Dogs mailing list recently. Read on to see what they had to say.

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China's Sad Policy

Mon, 20 Nov 2006 19:04:48 +0000

Unfortunately, a new Chinese law limiting households to just one dog threatens the lives of many of these beloved pets. "Extra" dogs, unlicensed dogs, and dogs over a certain size are being slaughtered. In one province, authorities beat to death 55,000 dogs, many in front of their owners. In many areas, the dogs who remain must be under a certain size. In other areas, dogs are severely restricted in where they can go, not even allowed in parks.

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Training Alone

Thu, 02 Nov 2006 19:18:13 +0000

Training classes have definite benefits. An instructor walks you through the process of getting the behavior you want, the class offers structure and motivation to keep training, and your classmates are available to act as extra hands or distractions. Unfortunately, not everyone has access to good training classes. So how can someone get the benefits of class without taking one? A recent thread on the ClickerSolutions mailing list brainstormed ideas for training alone.

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Techniques for Calming Your Horse

Thu, 02 Nov 2006 03:11:47 +0000

All horse owners know that a fearful or too-excited horse can be dangerous, or even deadly. Being able to calm your horse can be the difference between a safe, fun ride and a serious accident. Recently, the ClickRyder mailing list discussed techniques for calming a horse.

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Lazy, bored, or ... ?

Thu, 26 Oct 2006 14:20:22 +0000

A poster on the Cat-Clicker mailing list ran into a snag. Her six-month-old kitten had lost interest in training. She had previously taught him to come when called, sit on a stool, give a "high five" with his paw, and to stand on his hind legs, and she had worked a bit on jumping through a hoop. But recently he had just seemed to lose interest.

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Knowing Your Animal

Thu, 26 Oct 2006 14:16:20 +0000

I've been reading the posts on the Bird-Click mailing list. I'm not a bird trainer, per se, but I've participated in several Bailey chicken camps, and I've trained dogs and horses. So I joined the list feeling fairly confident that I had a good grasp of what I needed to know to train birds. Instead, I found that I needed to sit in the corner with a healthy helping of humble pie and spend some time getting to know my animal!

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