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    Default Clicker training with 2 dogs?

    So we're about to get a foster pup. If I want to do clicker training, do I need to get a clicker that sounds different to the one that I use for Banjo? I don't often use the clicker anymore, but I still do occasionally for trick training. And I don't want to be giving her a treat every time I reward the pup!

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    Hi Beloz,
    I would defiantly recommend a different sound for training two dogs; it’s very clear and avoids rewarding undesirable behaviour or ending up with two overweight dogs.
    Another option is to use the name of the dog you are training as you click, or having a different ‘clicker word’ for each dog.
    Hope that helps
    Enjoy your new pup!

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    Interesting, I use the same clicker for all my dogs and doesnt seem to cause any problems. I always work them separately anyway. Mine will respond to any type of click so I dont know if a different sounding clicker would make a difference. They know if I am holding a clicker in my hand and if I click it it means a treat.

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    It wouldn't be a an issue if you only use the clicker when they're separated. But I use mine a lot when we're out and about so it would be impossible to always keep Banjo out of ear shot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beloz View Post
    It wouldn't be a an issue if you only use the clicker when they're separated. But I use mine a lot when we're out and about so it would be impossible to always keep Banjo out of ear shot.
    If my other dogs saw me treating regardless of the click they would be in there boots and all offering behaviours. LOL . I dount the sound of the click would make any difference at all. Just the familiar action would get them going. Dogs will usually see straight through that deception. Mine would anyway. I have taught them however to be loose and to lie down around my agility are when I am training one dog and they do that well. But that is structured training. If we were all out on a walk and I had treats and a click it would be a very different scenario.

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    I have 'marker' trained dog with very similar markers.
    eg. dog whistle, different note for different dog. adjusted to absolute highest note for first dog, and absolute lowest note for the other.
    That works, over far longer distances than any sodding clicker! lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by bernie View Post
    I have 'marker' trained dog with very similar markers.
    eg. dog whistle, different note for different dog. adjusted to absolute highest note for first dog, and absolute lowest note for the other.
    That works, over far longer distances than any sodding clicker! lol
    Is this to call them? -like they have their own whistle name. Do you also use it as an actual marker to train behaviours?

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    to work sheep with. So all commands have a whistle sound. as in, one man and his dog. sheepdog trials.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bernie View Post
    to work sheep with. So all commands have a whistle sound. as in, one man and his dog. sheepdog trials.
    Yes I have 3 trained sheepdogs that I trial with so am familiar with the whistle. However the whistle just take the place of the verbal commands, it is not used to capture and mark a behaviour. I never train my sheepdogs using treats, I put the commands whistle and verbal on their instinctual behaviours and reinforce with voice tone and repetition.

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    maybe i am using wrong phrase/word then?
    I put verbal cues/hand signals together from the off, naming the behaviours that are being displayed naturally. reinforce with voice tone and repetition. Just as you say.

    But in addition, i use marker whistle.
    Its good boy sound. It means keep doing what you are doing, i love it.
    and bad boy sound, what you are doing is not what i want you to do, try something else.

    How this affects my dogs behaviour, is when Bernie hears his "yes" sound, he speeds up doing the behaviour. Increases his drive. Its a motivating sound.
    and marks the behaviour i want.
    hence term marker.

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