Carrots and sticks
The subtitle 'Principles of animal training' already tell us what this book is about. In 50 case studies the training of companion, working and exotic animals is described.
The authors talked with leading animal trainers and used these interviews as a basis for the 50 case studies. The preparation of the animals prior to the training and the pitfalls that an animal trainer can encounter are reviewed.
Techniques to train animals are explained 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.
This book is very interesting for anyone with an interest in the general basics of animal training, both the loving amateur as well as the professional.
Carrots and sticks, Principles of animal training
Paul McGreevy, Robert A. Boakes