Clicker training can be a great way to train your dog . But what is clicker training?
Clickers are great training tools. You can get them from pet stores, in catalogs or anywhere else. Clickers are good training tools for dogs because they produce a very distinct sound, allow you to control your timing, and eliminate the inflection in your voice that can slow training progress.
Dogs are very sensitive to voice inflections, and training with a clicker removes the inflections so you can reward consistently, even if you are in a bad mood or are getting frustrated during the training session.
Now that you have your clicker it’s time to train your dog to get used to the tool. First thing, get a supply of small, soft, easy-to-eat treats ready and, for easy access, get a nice clicker treat bag. Then either use the treat to lure your dog to you or take the clicker and treats to the dog.
Click the clicker, and give the dog a treat. It doesn’t matter what he’s doing at the moment, as you just want him to learn to associate the click with the treat. Continue the process of clicking and treating until your dog turns his head around quickly and gives you all his attention when he hears the click sound. This should not take long, and it should happen after every click before you go on to the next step.
For the next step, your dog needs to associate his name with something pleasant, and this is the perfect way to use the clicker training method. Simply say your dog’s name, wait until he looks, then press the clicker and treat. Once he gets used to getting a click and a treat when he hears his name, he’ll be very attentive when you say his name.
At this stage, a click can be used to reward a desired behavior instantly, accurately, and even from a distance. Clicker training is fun for the dog owner and the dog. It’s constructive, produces rapid results, and the learning is indelible. Clicker training doesn’t mean you have to spend hours a day teaching yourself and your pet what to do – a few minutes a day is all it takes.