Saturday, December 12, 2009

Carrots and Sticks

Have you ever wondered how a sheep dog, police horse, leopard or octopus is trained?

Drawing on interviews with leading animal trainers, Carrots and Sticks offers 50 case studies that explore the step-by-step training of a wide variety of companion, working and exotic animals; reviews the preparation of animals prior to training and common pitfalls encountered.

The book brings behavioral science to life, explaining animal training techniques in the language of learning theory.

Opening sections on instinct, rewards, punishers and intelligence are richly infused with examples from current training practice and establish the principles that are explored in the unique case studies.

Its accessible style will help reassess your preconceptions and simplify your approach to all animal-training challenges.

This exciting text will prove invaluable to anyone with an interest, amateur or professional, in the general basics of training, as well as students of psychology, veterinary medicine, agriculture and animal science.


Mary H. said...

Thanks for sharing. Looks like a fascinating book. Maybe I should put it on my Christmas list!

Have you read it?


IceRyder said...

I have not read it, but it looks very interesting. It's pricey, but if one tidbit changes us as owners / riders, it's probably worth it!

Mary H. said...

well, if I end up buying a copy (which I'm seriously considering) I'll let you know what I think!


IceRyder said...

Thank you! That would be wonderful to have your input!

Emma said...

I think you can get a free preview of some parts of this book at