3 words: It. Is. Fascinating.
I keep saying that I've learn more in the past month and half than in the past 3 years but it's true! Even though I've never had dogs before, I always said I wanted a reliably trained dog so the moment we adopted Loeka, I pretty much got started on the basics. And I also started on TOT and NILIF (once Loeka understood sit, of course). And I love training him!
BUT I'm a total newbie. It was going well but I still felt like I wasn't communicating well what I wanted. I had read about Clicker Training but I thought it would be too difficult or too confusing. But I decided to give it a go and wow. It is amazing - he focuses more on us, his reactions to cues are faster, there is less focus on food because of the lack of luring, etc etc and overall it seems more intuitive. I wish I had known about this before!
Like I said, I'm not a dog trainer by any means but really this seems to be working for me. So YAY! Now if only he would stop using us as a chewtoy, he would be perfect ; )
So if anyone else has experience or tips with clicker training, please share! I'd love to hear how you train/trained your puppies!