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[5 Jul 2010 | 5 Comments | 5 views | Author: Dee Braun, DrR, CA, CCT]
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Cat Training in 10 Minutes

Cat Training in 10 Minutes

  • ISBN13: 9780793805303
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Don’t think your cat can learn to come on command, perch on your shoulder, or walk on a leash? Think again! Cat Training in 10 Minutes shows you how to teach your cat to perform simple tricks in just minutes a day. Author Miriam Fields-Banineau has first-hand, professional experience in training cats for television and film. Cat Training in 10 Minutes not only provides the how-to of trick training, but also includes interviews with professional cat trainers working in the entertainment industry.

Rating: Cat Training in 10 Minutes (out of 16 reviews)

Cat Training in 10 Minutes

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  • M. Mills said:

    Review by M. Mills for Cat Training in 10 Minutes
    After reading the reviews of this book and the similar Clicker Training for Cats by Karen Pryor, I purchased both so that I could compare them and possibly benefit from two different sources. However, after reading both manuals and having been clicker training my cat for several months now, I can say with absolute certainty that Cat Training in 10 Minutes is far superior in quality and content to Karen Pryor’s book.

    1. Comprehensiveness of Clicker Theory: 5/5 stars. The theory used in Cat Training in 10 Minutes is operant conditioning. Using a clicker followed by a reward, you can reinforce desired behavior in your cat. Verbal commands (come, sit) as well as specific hand signals are incorporated in this book. I find the hand signals to be just as essential as the verbal commands: upon seeing the signal, my cat immediately knows which action she is to perform and will begin to do it even before I give the verbal command.

    2. Accessibility: 5/5 stars. Cat Training in 10 Minutes is written in easy-to-follow expository style, with occasional narrative anecdotes. It has color photos on every page depicting the specific command/action, how to signal with your hand, and how your cat will likely react. The instructions are clearly numbered and succinct.

    3. Organization: 5/5 stars. The first chapter is an introduction that discusses the theory behind clicker training and the tools you’ll need. Each following chapter covers one specific command/type of behavior, and the chapters are arranged from easy to hard. There are a few “bonus” chapters at the end of the book that discuss cats in our lives, correcting bad behavior, and professional/movie industry cat trainers. I was pleasantly surprised by this last chapter: it was an enjoyable read and informative to boot.

    4. Correcting Undesirable Behavior: 2/5 stars. In this book’s sole weak spot, the author discusses only furniture scratching, inconsistent litter box use, and walking on countertops. Despite this chapter’s short length, I personally found it to be more helpful than its counterpart in Ms. Pryor’s book. Why? Because Cat Training in 10 Minutes actually lists specific instructions for correcting bad behavior using a clicker. I’ve implemented some of these tactics, especially regarding furniture scratching, with my own cat and have had great success.

    5. Helpful/Extra Features: 5/5 stars. First, the author’s short anecdotes are contained in colorful call-out boxes along the side of the page, which lends a nice organizational layout to the text and keeps the instructional body uncluttered. Second, and perhaps more importantly, the book has several appendices (hand signals, adoption/rescue resources) and an alphabetical index.

    In summary, I highly recommend Cat Training in 10 Minutes to anyone looking to clicker train their cat, as its quality and content are head-and-shoulders above Karen Pryor’s book. Good luck, and here’s to your cat learning some great new tricks!

    • V. Smatt said:

      Review by V. Smatt for Cat Training in 10 Minutes
      I found this book quick and easy to read and effective. I have already adopted several of the suggested tactics on our kitten (4 mos old) and now have a cat that comes when called by name, comes when you say come, and is in the process of being toilet trained. So far everything suggested has worked , and we are optimistic that the toilet training will work too! I have had a number of cats over the years, never before tried the training suggested in this book and I highly recommend this book.

      • Angela L. Pruente said:

        Review by Angela L. Pruente for Cat Training in 10 Minutes
        I purchased this book and another entitled “Getting Started: Clicker Training for Cats”. The latter is absolutely useless! It is filled with antedotes and very little to almost no instruction. What a waste. “10 mintues” is the only book you need to clicker train your feline. My very energetic kitten has responded almost instantly to clicker training. It gives her something to do and think about, as well as use all the excess energy! After three 10 minute sessions my kitten targets, comes, sits, and twirls, as well as taking treats from my hand politely. What more can I say? Buy this book!

        • wrbtu said:

          Review by wrbtu for Cat Training in 10 Minutes
          I like this book for it’s teaching methods concerning positive techniques, for example, teaching a cat to do tricks. It has good step by step instructions for novice cat trainers to use. But the book falls far short in the section called “Correcting Improper Behavior.” The author almost seems to assume that you’ll be present, for example, every time kitty jumps on the counter, & that’s just not going to be the case for most people, especially working people. The author suggests correcting improper behaviors by hissing at your cat while using a water pistol. I’ve tried it, & it doesn’t work. Part of the problem is that when you see your cat doing something undesirable, you have to go & get the water pistol. By that time, the cat’s finished with the behavior & it’s too late to follow the procedure. I don’t tend to walk around the house with a water pistol in my hand or pocket all day long, & many times, kitty silently surprises me with what he’s doing. Another option is to keep a water pistol in every room, also not practical! In addition, many people want to buy a book such as this one to halt improper behaviors, & there are very few such behaviors covered in this book. So for the positive approaches, it’s a good book, but it’s not sufficient for dealing with improper behaviors.

          • Courtney Wood said:

            Review by Courtney Wood for Cat Training in 10 Minutes
            I’m a HUGE fan of this book. It has straightforward, easy-to-follow instructions with clear illustrations, and it really works! I’m working my way up to the bigger things (like walking on a leash), but so far, with only 5-10 minutes of “training” a day, my cat has quickly picked up both the “come” and the “sit” commands. This book suggests particular hand signals to pair with the voice commands (which the pictures clarify) and they REALLY seem to make a difference. My kitty even responds to the hand signals alone now, which is great. But to pick up these behaviors in a day or two is truly impressive! I can’t get over how fast he’s learning all these things, and all credit goes to the book. It’s a great resource for training your cat, and I highly recommend it to everyone.

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