Click for Joy (Clicker Training Book Review)


My go-to recommendation book for clicker training is “” by Melissa Alexander. I did not discover the book until I was further into clicker training. It would have saved me time and some trial and error if I had read it beforehand.

The author is the moderator for a clicker training forum and compiled some of the mostly commonly asked questions and answers about clicker training in this book. The book covers a lot of technical ground while providing clear and concise answers (in a Q&A format). It also has an index and cross-references other sections of the book.

This is not a step-by-step how to teach your dog how to wave with a clicker kind of book (personally, I prefer video for that type of thing). It’s more about providing you with the knowledge behind how clicker training works, why it works and how to be a more efficient clicker trainer. And I like how it’s not just for beginners, clicker trainers of various levels can benefit from this book.

Some of my favorite questions and answers:

  • Will I have to use the  and forever?
  • What do I do if my dog intentionally disobeys a known command?
  • How do I add distance/duration to a behavior?
  • How do I train against distractions?
  • How long will it take to train my dog?
  • What is management? How do I “set my dog up for success?”
Do you have any favorite training books?
Mr. N ready to demonstrate his clicker training skills at the non-profit fair

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28 Responses

  1. Cascadian Nomads Bethany

    May 4, 2015 7:02 am

    I have this book but haven;t had it out for a while and I realized I have forgotten the answers to some of those questions! Thank you so much for your book review and reminder that we all need, well, reminders.

  2. Emma

    May 4, 2015 10:33 am

    OMD! That photo is like something from Hollywood! You are a seriously good poser! We don't use a clicker, Mom just can't do it, but we do alright without one too.

  3. Donna weliveinaflat

    May 4, 2015 5:25 pm

    Never heard of this book but it sounds like something we should really check out. We were only introduced to clicker training formally when we attended our basic obedience course.

    Meanwhile, we've borrowed some Kyra Sundance books on trick training just to see if Donna qualifies for a trick dog title, haha!!

  4. KB Bear

    May 5, 2015 12:48 am

    I love that book too! I also like Pat Miller's books – very down-to-earth and full of great information.

    For agility, I love Susan Garrett's ideas in her agility book.

  5. Jen Gabbard

    May 5, 2015 12:29 pm

    I'm going to add this to my list – clicker training has been wonderful for us and I'm so glad I discovered it when I got my latest dog. It takes out so much of the guess work and makes me a better communicator.

  6. Janet Keefe

    May 5, 2015 4:20 pm

    I have this book saved on my amazon wish list, I think you suggested it to me, along with another one "Clicking with your Dog" which I got first. But this will probably be my next one to get!
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

  7. Chasing Dog Tales

    May 5, 2015 6:38 pm

    I didn't use clicker training for Haley in the past, but it's awesome for teaching those harder commands or tricks where it's not as obvious to the dog what you're asking. This looks like a good book to check out soon.

  8. Talent Hounds

    March 12, 2017 7:18 am

    Mr N is such a good little model- love the pose. I tried using a clicker but found it one more thing to coordinate for me. I have ended up just using a marker word “yes” then a treat. Kilo is so treat motivated, not sure he even cares about the marker. I might get the book anyway as they sound like good tips and questions anyway.


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