Clicker training is a technique that is highly successful for training dogs.
The trainer uses a simple clicker that can be purchased from most pet stores and the dog is trained to respond to the sound of the clicker.
The dog will quickly learn that the sound of the clicker is followed by a reward and it will respond to commands when the clicker is used knowing that a reward is to follow. After a few sessions the reward can be changed from a dog treat to a few kind words from the owner.
It is a great technique for home training of dogs as it is simple and can be used to get fast results.
Some other dog training techniques can be a little difficult to master and without the trainer has a good understanding of the training process it can become quite frustrating when the results do not come as fast as expected.
Clicker training generally gets results reliably fast and the owner and the dog can have a lot of fun during the training with both parties getting what they want out of the training sessions.
Clicker training leaves the dog with no doubt what it needs to do to get the reward.
Clicker training does not involve any forms of punishment if the dog does not do as it is told, because it will know that it will not get the reward.
Punishment training can lead to confusion where the dog does not know what it has done wrong and this confusion can lead to an unhappy dog. Knowing that it will have a happy time with its beloved owner each time it hears the clicker will act as an incentive to coming right away.
It is actually a form of positive reinforcement for the dog and this will help it bond and build a better relationship with it's owner.
Dogs have also been shown to learn a lot faster when positive reinforcement is used rather than any form of punishment.
It is much better to let it know when it has done something well rather than bad and this process can also be used to eliminate bad behavior.