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    Question Clicker Training

    Just curious as to who here has used clickers for training and how effective it is?

    I have just ordered my first clicker and will be looking for a book on clicker training at the bookstore today (if I can't find one I'll get one online). Any recommendations as to which books are best or even websites for beginners?

    All handy hints/tips welcome

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    I've used clicker training with Keeda. It worked ok for some of our tricks. For things like our most important core training, like heel, sit, etc., I don't use the clicker. I use it for 'fun' type stuff, like tricks. I taught her to stand on her hind legs using the clicker (although she's a bit uncoordinated still :P)

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    Yep, I use it all the time. I learnt how to do it properly when I was training Mish & Zena for film & TV work. Once they understand that the "click" means "correct behaviour" because it is IMMEDIATELY followed with a reward, they learn new skills very, very quickly.

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    I started using a clicker when Madeline was about a year old, hadn't heard about them until then.

    I love it. It made training her so much easyer because she knows exactly when she's done the right thing.

    I've found it a little harder with Griffen because he's not very motivated and unless the treats are really high value he ignores the click.

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    I have one but don't use it a lot. I find it a bit hard to co-ordinate lead, clicker and treat all at once - I gather it takes practice. My squeaky "good" in "good dog" seems to work as well. Clicker is good for teaching tricks like wag your tail, shake hands, and speak/talk/sing. If I find one of those clickers that attaches to your finger so you don't need to use finger and thumb to operate, and you can let go of it without losing it, I will get it.

    Some people use it to get their dogs to come back to them.

    I like this website...
    Clicker Training
    and this one - until they suddenly decided you can't look at anything unless you sign up (for free - but who wants to set up yet another bloody log in and password)
    How to Write a Training Plan?Part One | Karen Pryor Clickertraining

    With clicker training - timing is crucial. Which is also why I don't feel ok with fumbling around practicing - probably best to practice the click at the right time by tossing tennis balls around without your dog and clicking at the peak of the arc and for each bounce - or bounce peak etc. And you will need a way to dispense treats really quickly at least to start with.

    Of course Frosty is only intermittantly interested in treats so the whole technique is only useful intermittantly. Tis in the nature of puppy training - not particularily easy to train when they're not interested in paying attention. I did find the clicker useful to get a good "watch me" instead of "watch the treat".

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    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...

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    Try this as well .... Karen Pryor Clickertraining.

    The first thing I introduced my dogs to was a "target stick". Once they got the hang of that, the rest fell into place. I used clicker training to teach Spirit to bow in 2 days for a White show recently.

    The clicker I use can be placed on the floor with my foot operating the click button. This leaves both hands free.

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    It's funny I found using a bridge word really hard, I kept saying it at the wrong time

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    Clickers sound great, but with all this feedback, they do sound quite complicated. I might buy one to use for basic tricks such as sit, jump, speak, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    I have one but don't use it a lot. I find it a bit hard to co-ordinate lead, clicker and treat all at once - I gather it takes practice.
    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...
    This was my issue with clicker training. I think it's a good idea I'm just not that co-ordinated at the best of times without adding an extra hindrance!

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