Clicker Joy!
Joyful training, powerful results
                          

Welcome to ClickerJoy!

Angela and her SAR dog Shakti

Located in beautiful Colorado, Clicker Joy! is owned and operated by Angela Eaton, B.A., CTP-KPA. We are dedicated to providing force free training techniques that make a genuine and lasting difference in the lives of pets and their people.  Clicker Joy! is built on the principle that “Joyful learning creates powerful results” (Read Angela's full bio here).

Angela is a search dog trainer and handler, dog trainer, and behavior consultant. She’s written several articles on training and provided presentations, seminars, and workshops around the country.  Her teaching style emphasizes the importance of the close connection between canines and humans. Angela's clients appreciate her ability to explain and teach both simple and complex skills and concepts to dogs and their people. 
In January 2013, Angela was selected by the
Karen Pryor Academy (KPA) Clicker Training Program (CTP) to be the JANUARY 2013 CTP TRAINER OF THE MONTH: "I am honored to have been selected. I am partnering with the Colorado K9 c.a.r.e.s (Canine Assisted Reduction of Eventful Stress) program to develop training for therapy and crisis-intervention dogs and this special recognition by the KPA CTP will raise awareness and improve the visibility of this important program" (Angela Eaton).

  A Guide to Search and Rescue Dogs

Angela is the author of Guide to Search and Rescue Dogs. This fascinating book is a wonderful overview of search dogs and their handlers. Anyone who's ever been interested in search dogs will enjoy the pictures and clear writing style as Angela
explains the basics of scent principles, canine search techniques and training methods. Dogs are considered one of the most effective means of locating disaster victims, lost hikers and recovering remains.
The Clicker Technique

Karen Pryor Academy logoClicker Training" is an animal training method based on behavioral psychology and neuroscience that relies on marking and reinforcing desirable behaviors. Desirable behavior is usually marked by using a "clicker," a mechanical device that makes a short, distinct "click" sound, which tells the animal exactly when they're doing the right thing.


Veterinarians Support the KPA Approach


The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB) has come out with a clear statement against the use of dominance and force in training and endorses the use of reinforcement-based training. This AVSAB statement describes why vets should only recommend trainers who use positive reinforcement and reject dominance-based training! Further, the "AVSAB recommends that veterinarians identify and refer clients only to trainers and behavior consultants who understand the principles of learning theory and who focus on reinforcing desirable behaviors and removing the reinforcement for undesirable behaviors."
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