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    Start with something that is easy for both you & the dog (eg ... dog sits, instant click the nano second the dog's bum hits the floor & reward straight away) to get the hang of it & you'll be just fine.

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    Thanks for all your responses.

    Troopa already knows 'sit' and yesterday we started working on 'down' (as in lay down).

    Would like to use it for some fun tricks as well as his basic obedience commands.

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    The main thing is for you both to be having fun. Keep training sessions short & as soon as the dog's attention wanes (even if it's only after a couple of minutes) ... end of session. Some days, they're just not into it.

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    I worked out the secret to juggling everything

    You need to be wearing pants that are firm across the pockets.

    iClick clicker in my pocket with the button facing outwards
    Treat Pouch around hips, open
    Treat in hand on same side as clicker, leash in opposite hand or same hand, depending on your preference.

    When the dog does the right thing use your wrist to click the clicker instead of a finger. Works every time for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angela's Gone Batty View Post
    iClick clicker in my pocket with the button facing outwards
    That method works fantastically with clickers that have a "button". Mine does, so I can use my foot to press the button. Lots of clickers don't have that though unfortunately. It's just a strip of metal inside the plastic casing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angela's Gone Batty View Post
    I worked out the secret to juggling everything

    You need to be wearing pants that are firm across the pockets.

    iClick clicker in my pocket with the button facing outwards
    Treat Pouch around hips, open
    Treat in hand on same side as clicker, leash in opposite hand or same hand, depending on your preference.

    When the dog does the right thing use your wrist to click the clicker instead of a finger. Works every time for me.
    Mine is the one with the button, that is very clever I might have to try that!

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    My bridging word is Yes. Because it goes everywhere with me.

    When I was doing my NDTF course my step daughter became fascinated with the whole idea so I got her a clicker and she trained her pet rat to run along a ruler and pick up a match box.

    At the kennels my boss taught chickens to play musical instruments using a cats bell.

    And the receptionists X Galah could ride a scooter, pluck money (notes) out of a wallet and slam dunk a basket. (Don't ask me where they got the miniature scooter and basket ball hoop from, the ball was a plastic cat ball with bell inside).

    I use it for show training, ears, mouth shut, foot forward etc. The skys the limit. A popular book is Don't Shoot the Dog.

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    First lesson (and most clickers come with this instruction) is to get the dog to associate click with feeling good eg eating a treat. So you have your yummy treats in a pile and I usually count out the number of treats for the number of repeats I want - so I know when I've got to the end of a set of repeats...

    So click the button and feed the dog a treat and just do that over and over about thirty times. have a break, eg that's lesson 1 for the morning and in the afternoon - do it again. And maybe have a morning and afternoon session the next day. I'm not sure how fast you can rush these things but if you start working on a trick or several tricks immediately you may confuse the dog with click = feel good (I did the right thing), and not getting any reward because I didn't do whatever it was I was supposed to.

    Clicking and feeding - is called "priming the clicker".

    The next thing we worked on was "watch me", and I "proofed" this by waving the treat around but only clicking and feeding when she looked at me. and after a number of repeats (20 or so?) I start adding the cue word of "watch me". It also feels counter intuitive to do a whole bunch of successful repetitions before you add the cue word/command - but it's what works best with the dog. Several of the clicker training websites explain better than I can.

    After a while, you start chaining stuff together - so the dog only gets the click and the treat after performing several tricks in sequence... but again - it helps to read the instructions. If you're completely unco with the clicker - using bridge words (not breach words) like "good" and "yes" to "mark" the desired action is a good start. The clicker is better because it always sounds exactly the same (not sure about how it sounds from inside a pocket - will have to try).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleasanta View Post
    Clicker training is the same as using a breach word like "YES". I found it a bit "difficult" because I kinda ran out of hands to control dog...give treat...click clicker...
    I so empathise with this!
    Im not very co-ordinated, hell lets face it, im clumsy as heck. Add a clicker into my hand, and im clumsy, confused, and the worst timing ever. Then discovered the word 'yes' as my marker of correct behavious, sooo much easier, ive never forgotten how to talk yet.

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    Can you believe that the clicker I ordered never arrived? I ordered it through itsadogshop which has always been excellent with everything else. When his new harness arrived it stated on the invoice that the clicker was on backorder. It is now 2.5 months later.
    I sent them an email last week and got no reply so I have now ordered it from another website this morning.

    Thanks again for everyones tips and links. I can't wait to get stuck into it

    ETA just received an email stating that the one I ordered this morning has been shipped already!
    Last edited by Megan; 03-29-2010 at 10:52 AM.

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