Clicker training is a technique used by professional dog trainers. It is a tool used in dog training because it can help your dog understand good behaviors.
While clickers are not necessary for training your dog, they can be useful tools. Clickers can help your dog quickly understand good behaviors. They can help your dog learn commands and tricks quickly.
In this article, we will tell you whether you should train your dog with a clicker. This recommendation will depend a lot on your training style as well as your dog’s personality. We will also give an overview of what clicker training is as well as some tips for getting started with it.
I have loved dogs my entire life, and have done a lot of research about training methods. Clicker training is a great method for training your dog that anyone can use. It is not the only way to train, but it is an effective method that all dog owners should know about.
Should I Train My Dog With A Clicker?
Clicker training is a highly effective way to train a dog. This training method uses positive reinforcement and alerts dogs of their good behavior using multiple senses. When doing clicker training properly, dogs will hear the clicker, smell and taste a treat, and receive physical touch when they do something right.
This reinforces the good behavior in their mind and makes it much easier for them to learn commands, tricks, and good behaviors. The dog will also be more likely to repeat commands and good behaviors to get a treat, which is an excellent way to reinforce these behaviors.
Clicker training is not the only effective training method out there, but it is widely successful. Anyone can try clicker training with their dog. In most cases, if you give the right effort and dedication to the method, your dog will respond well. However, if the method doesn’t seem to work after giving it a good try, then you can rely on other training methods that use positive reinforcement.
What Is Clicker Training?
Clicker training is simple but effective. The only tool required is a plastic clicker that makes a loud clicking noise when pressed. Essentially, a dog owner or trainer will press the clicker when their dog does something correctly. They will also immediately give the dog a treat. The dog will soon associate the sound of the clicker with treats, making them more likely to behave well or learn commands quickly.
This method of training is one of the most effective ways to use positive reinforcement in a way that is structured and lets the dog know when they do something right. Since the clicker has a fairly unique sound, your dog won’t confuse it with other common sounds in your home.
For example, if you only use treats and praise as a positive reinforcement when training your dog, they may get confused about their training if you make a similar noise, even at someone or something else in your home. The clicker is a distinct sound that can’t easily be replicated. This reduces confusion and helps your dog distinguish between training and leisure time.
Tips For Clicker Training
We have compiled some tips for getting started with clicker training with your dog. We are hoping that these tips make clicker training easier for you and your dog.
Let Your Dog Get Used To The Clicker
When you first start clicker training, your dog will not know right away that the clicker indicates treats and is a good thing. You must give your dog time to learn how the clicker works. If they understand that they will get a treat when they hear a clicker, then training will go much easier.
Start by simply clicking the clicker and giving your dog a treat. Don’t try to do this in the context of training just yet. This is a time for your dog to learn how the clicker works. Practice using the clicker and then giving a treat at random periods throughout the day and in different places. Start the process in a location that is comfortable for your dog, then slowly start to do it in other areas even outside of the home.
It should not take very long for your dog to get excited when they hear the clicker, no matter where they are. This is what you want in the end. Once your dog is consistently alert and excited for a treat when they hear the clicker, then you will be ready to start using the clicker in the context of training.
Slowly Stop Using The Clicker
You will eventually need to stop using the clicker because you want your dog to follow commands without needing it. You will not always have your clicker with you, and there will be times that you need your dog to follow a command when you don’t have it.
Once you have taught your dog a command with the clicker and they follow the command every time, it may be time to remove the clicker. Start by saying the command without the clicker once. Then, slowly start giving the command without the clicker more and more often.
Eventually, you won’t need the clicker at all for tricks and commands that your dog knows. Then, you will just need the clicker when you are teaching them new tricks and commands.
Don’t Rely Too Heavily On The Clicker
Remember that the clicker is simply a marker that indicates to your dog that what they just did was correct. When clicker training, you will need to pair actions with commands and then slowly remove the clicker. Following through with the removal of the clicker is an important part of training that many people forget.
The best tip that we have is to remember that the clicker is a tool to be used with other training methods. You will still need to follow other training advice for teaching tricks and commands, then use the clicker as an additional means of positive reinforcement. You can not expect your dog to understand what you want from them without using proper training techniques.
About THE AUTHOR
I have had dogs my whole life and have always trained my own dogs with patience and positive reinforcement. My dogs are my life. My family always had dogs growing up. I've trained dogs for clients while working at a local dog daycare. I hope that my research and experiences are helpful to you as I share them here.Read More About Russell Wright