Gary Wilkes has more than 30 years working with animals – 8 in the humane industry in every capacity other than executive director. He has worked for the last 25 years as a behaviorist and trainer. He created clicker training for dogs between 1987-1992. When Gary and Karen Pryor introduced clicker training to dog trainers, he had already clicker trained more than 1,000 dogs, primarily by veterinary referral. Now that number is around 7500 plus and growing. His consultant list includes MIT, The Seeing Eye, US Army Special Ops Dog Training Command and many others. He has years more experience using clicker training at the highest levels of difficulty than anyone else. If he makes a definitive statement it’s the result of direct experience over many years with many dogs. i.e. It’s not speculation. You can take it to the bank.
Author’s Note: If you see a trend in topics here it is because this blog is a reflection of what’s not being said in the mainstream of clicker training and modern behavior modification. It is intended to balance the discussion. i.e. Nobody talks objectively about the use of reinforcement AND punishment in training. I do because effective treatment demands both and I have never been either “all positive” or “all negative.” Obviously, the material is based on my knowledge and what I feel like writing. So, enjoy it or don’t. If you have a comment that asks a logical question or makes a logical point it will be treated with great respect. If you simply wish to object because something doesn’t match your ideology, I will remove it or contest your opinion at my discretion. Be prepared to state your experience and credentials or cite valid references. I take this very seriously.