Don’t Shoot the Dog!: The New Art of Teaching and Training by Karen Pryor

Don’t Shoot the Dog!: The New Art of Teaching and Training by Karen Pryor

visual of book jacket - Don't shoot the DogThis is my first ever “dog book” and I enjoyed reading it. For me it opened my eyes to training with positive reinforcement and Prior made a great case against punishment for any creatures as a training method. To me it seems tempting and obvious to scold a dog or child for doing something you don’t want them to do but this book made be re-think that mindset.  Stop telling people and animals off and start thaking them and praising them for all the “right” things they are doing! This is very powerful and a really nice way to change your own behaviour.

The part about shaping behaviour for one’s own bad habits left me a little cold however. As a lip and cheek chewer I am finding it really difficult to self-train an incompatible behaviour etc. It’s a good starting book for me as I am left with the feeling that there is a lot more to learn. My next book is Dogs: A Startling New Understanding of Canine Origin, Behavior & Evolution. Can’t wait to get stuck in.