I dug the book out last night. Couldn't find it at first, because I was looking everywhere that books usually lurk except on the living room bookshelf. Dunno why it was there, since that is usually where books go after they've been read recently, but there it was.
Had a quick look through and I remember why it isn't my favorite. It has a great section on theory - that's the beginning - so anyone who is interested in learning theory and clicker training would find that part good, but I don't agree with the specifics of how he trains some behaviours. There is too much emphasis on variable reinforcement and on target sticks. IMO, of course.
Targets are important, don't get me wrong, but I think target sticks are just another form of lure and I've never quite seen the point. Variable reinforcement is not something I do for the sake of doing it. It happens whenever you choose to selectively reinforce the best of a particular behaviour, but when I'm training something I prefer to use a constant reinforcement ratio and then either change my criteria or introduce varying rewards.
Heather, remind me the next time we'll be seeing each other and I'll bring it. Speaking of which, you're away this weekend, right? Do you ever do Terwillegar during the week, or just on weekends? I may go on Thursday afternoon (tomorrow, I guess - I have a hard time keeping track of the days) unless it is going to be too muddy. Whacko weather!