Chapter 8: Conversations
Keep learning! Explore the bonus content for this chapter.

read icon Read

The Alex Studies: Cognitive and Communicative Abilities of Grey Parrots. Irene Maxine Pepperberg. 1999. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Alex & Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Discovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence. Irene Pepperberg. 2008. New York: Random House.

Reinforcement Training as Interspecies Communication. Karen Pryor. 1987. In Dolphin Behavior and Cognition: A Comparative Approach. ed. Ronald Schusterman, Jeanette A. Thomas, and F.G. Woods. New York: Erlbaum Associates.

If I Could Talk To The Animals… Reinforcement Interactions as Communication.” Karen Pryor. 1992. President’s Invited Schlolar’s Address, Association for Behavior Analysis annual conference, San Francisco. In On Behavior, pp.353-63.

watch icon Watch
visit icon Visit

Max swimming with a dolphin

“Karen Pryor has been at the forefront of humane and science-based training for decades, and this book shows us why. With compelling stories and accessible science, Reaching the Animal Mind is an inspiration for everyone who loves animals and wants to train them with compassion and respect. Whether you're an experienced clicker trainer or someone who just wants their dog to stop barking without having to yell, you really, truly want this book!”

Dr. Patricia McConnell
author of The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs