Norwegian trainers, authors, and Karen Pryor Clicker Expo Faculty members Morten Egtvedt and Cecilie Koeste are among the top clicker trainers in the world. Their Canis Clickertraining Academy offers clicker training classes in 18 cities in Norway, Sweden, and Denmark.
"Clickertraining: The 4 Secrets of Becoming a Supertrainer" is one of the best introductions to clicker training I've seen available. It starts with a brief introduction to the history of clicker training and then explains just what clicker training is. At the heart of their approach are four foundation principles of clicker training:
- Focus is on rewarding the correct behavior
- The dog offers the behavior voluntarily
- Systematic use of a conditioned reinforcer (the clicker)
- Focus on what you can see
The authors explain not just what clicker training is (and is not!), but also how it works and why it's important to adopt the foundation principles whole-heartedly. ("Corrections" and punishments have no place in clicker training, and this book explains why.)
And then they get into the nuts and bolts of clicker training, from planning criteria and delivering timely clicks and treats to through training techniques to stimulus control (the dog does what you ask when you ask it) and generalization (the dog can do the behavior in any setting regardless of distractions). Along the way they point out many "secrets" of clicker training (information that's not obvious just watching someone clicker train an animal). Best of all, they provide step-by-step instructions to clicker train a variety of useful and fun behavior.
Note: Please don't be put off by the sales & marketing page the authors use to sell their book. This is an excellent e-book well worth the cost, not one of those all-too-common "secrets of dog training" e-books that promises the moon and then doesn't deliver on that promise....