Animal Book Club August 2020

“As close to sitting around the campfire with Ken Ramirez as most of us are likely to get”—Susan Friedman

Companion Animal Psychology Book Club August 2020


By Zazie Todd, PhD

This month, the Companion Animal Psychology Book Club is reading The Eye Of The Trainer by Ken Ramirez.

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From the back cover,
“In The Eye of the Trainer, Ken Ramirez brings to life the power of positive reinforcement training to build trust and transform lives. Ken is one of the most creative, cogent, and effective animal trainers in the world. His positive reinforcement training principles and practices are studied, replicated, and applied in settings as diverse as conservation efforts with elephants on the African plains, canine search and rescue in Texas, oil-disaster recovery for sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico, butterfly training in England, and animal shelters in Chicago. 
In this inspiring, heartwarming, and hopeful series of essays chronicling his 40+ years of global exploration and observation, Ken shares not only the intriguing personalities of the animals that shaped his life, but how their unique challenges influenced his training choices, philosophy, and worldview. A must-read for anyone who lives with, studies, or works with animals, Ken's training wisdom, principled guidance, and practical advice call us to see the world through his eyes. Ken's world is one where great training transforms the shy animal into the confident one, the aggressive into the calm, and the mistrustful into the trustful--and even the unsupportive boss into an ally. 
See the world better. See it differently. See it through The Eye of the Trainer.”


You can get this book (and all the previous choices) from my Amazon store: https://www.amazon.com/shop/animalbookclub

To join the book club, ask to join on Facebook and be sure to answer both of the questions. Members are expected to read and comment on at least 7 of the 10 books each year. If you prefer more general chit chat about animal books without a commitment to read and comment each month, you may prefer the Animal Books Facebook group. If you want to join, please do so as yourself, not as your Facebook page (even if you are an author).


Zazie Todd, PhD, is the author of Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy. She is the founder of the popular blog Companion Animal Psychology, where she writes about everything from training methods to the human-canine relationship. She also writes a column for Psychology Today and has received the prestigious Captain Haggerty Award for Best Training Article in 2017. Todd lives in Maple Ridge, BC, with her husband and two cats.

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