Dog Clicker Training
The Humane Way to Dog Training*
Dog clicker training has been around for quite some time. There seems to be quite a bit of controversy surrounding it – especially amongst the camp that believes in “corrective” training (which is another word for cruel and unusual punishment).
There also seems to be controversy as to whether or not it really works. Before I get into whether dog clicker training really works, let me explain to you what dog clicker training is and why it is the best dog training method to use if you’re against “corrective” dog training methods.
What is Dog Clicker Training?
Dog clicker training is a reward based type training wherein desirable behavior is marked with a clicker. When the dog does the desired behavior, a distinct click sound is made which lets the dog know that he is doing the correct behavior. He then gets a reward as positive reinforcement.
Who Benefits Most From Dog Clicker Training?
Clicker training is for people who hate to use punitive measures in dog training. There are many dog training methods that are “corrective”, which to me is just another name for “cruel punishment.” So if you are against any form of “corrective” training, then dog clicker training is for you.
Does Dog Clicker Training Work?
Dog clicker training absolutely works. Why? It works because unlike word cues, dog clicker training does not convey emotion such as approval or disapproval.
That means that hearing the clicker provides a non-emotional marker so your dog always receives the same information consistently. Also, the clicker sound is a distinct sound from other sounds in the environment.
The dog easily remembers the desired behavior from one day to the next. That makes training your dog easy and quick.
Another reason why dog clicker training works is because when you click on the desired behavior at the exact time the behavior is performed, that behavior is pinpointed so the dog knows exactly what behavior is expected.
No More Punitive Dog Training Sessions
Since dog clicker training is not punishment based, even puppies a few weeks old can be trained. Also, once the behavior is learned you don’t need to use the clicker for that behavior (but you should still give the dog a treat or reward).
If you decide that you want to fine tune a behavior or teach your dog a new behavior, just use the clicker.
No Experience Necessary
Many people think that experience is necessary to clicker train their dog. That is not the case. If you learn dog clicker training from an experienced dog trainer or from instructions on the label of the clicker, you will learn the techniques quickly and easily.
One aspect of dog clicker training that requires practice and may take time to master is timing the clicking with the exact behavior you want your dog to display.
Will it Work for My Stubborn Dog?
Dog clicker training can work on all dogs of all breeds and ages including rescues (which can be difficult to train because of the history of the dog), champions, and purebreds.
Motivating Your Dog
Because dog clicker training relies heavily on things that highly motivate your dog to act in the way you want him to act, giving your dog his favorite treat (in small amounts) will keep him highly motivated.
Make sure whatever you give your dog as the reward is something the dog really enjoys. It doesn’t have to be food either. It can be a game of tug of war (which my dog Lily loves). Stop training your dog with traditional cruel methods and start using humane methods like dog clicker training
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