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    I have started clicker training Pipi and need some advice.

    I tell her to drop, she does it, the second she hits the floor I press the click button and immediately reward her with a treat. But, I sat there for a good 30 minutes doing drop but she still doesn't know that the click means good job even though she knows that treats do. Is 30 minutes too long, should I shorten our training sessions? As it is school holidays I have been able to fit more sesh's in but I would also like some advice on how many sesh's a day we should be doing? Today we did 2 as I only bought the clicker this arvo, but this is no excuse, and one coming later on, is 3 too many or not enough?

    I have never done clicker training before with Pipi but am slowly learning the ropes.

    I would love to hear about your clicker training experiences also.

    I found an old thread on here about clicker training but it didn't give me the answers I am looking for.

    How many times per training session should I teach her the trick as I don't want her to eat too many treats that many times a day. Advice on how long each sesh is, how many treats / times I do the trick do I do, and how many times a day do I work with her on this?


    I know training a dog takes time but how long did it take those of you who have had experience with clicker training to master the trick you are teaching your dog / pup?


    I bought a clicker today and it has an adjustable volume control on it to suit your dogs ears, and decided to do clicker training after reading so many positive reviews on it.


    Any advice is much appreciated.

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    Hey Belle

    How long your sessions go for depends on the age of your pup I think. Bailey is almost 2yo now and I still will not spend any more than 10 minutes at a time doing training.

    I do this a couple of times a day (2), she gets walked twice a day and also get 2 "play times" with me a day. Her and sammy scruff in the backyard together during the interims lol

    Other should be able to help you better!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JudgeTheDeedNotTheBreed View Post
    Hey Belle

    How long your sessions go for depends on the age of your pup I think. Bailey is almost 2yo now and I still will not spend any more than 10 minutes at a time doing training.

    I do this a couple of times a day (2), she gets walked twice a day and also get 2 "play times" with me a day. Her and sammy scruff in the backyard together during the interims lol

    Other should be able to help you better!
    Pipi is 2, she will be 3 on the 9th of October.

    Perhaps 30 mins is too long then, after all she does drift off. I will keep that in mind JTDNTB. Maybe shortening them to 10 minutes and 2 times a day will keep her more focused. We go for a walk in the morning at about 7am till 8:30am and then again just before dark at 5-6pm.

    Thanks for your help.

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    Ok first...
    The clicker is meant to be a bridge between the behaviour and the treat, just like "yes".
    What you need to do is spend some time every day just clicking and treating, without asking her to do anything.
    Click, reward, free. Click, reward, free. over and over until she can be distracted and you click and she looks for the reward. Once she gets this you can start to click, wait, reward, free. At this point you can also start her doing the drop again so, drop, click, reward, free.
    The whole point of the clicker is to tell her that the treat is on the way. Unless she understands this she will pay no attention to the clicker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ashaari View Post
    Ok first...
    The clicker is meant to be a bridge between the behaviour and the treat, just like "yes".
    What you need to do is spend some time every day just clicking and treating, without asking her to do anything.
    Click, reward, free. Click, reward, free. over and over until she can be distracted and you click and she looks for the reward. Once she gets this you can start to click, wait, reward, free. At this point you can also start her doing the drop again so, drop, click, reward, free.
    The whole point of the clicker is to tell her that the treat is on the way. Unless she understands this she will pay no attention to the clicker.
    Thanks for that Ash.

    The clicker came with an instruction booklet but doesn't help much.

    One thing in the booklet says: "If you accidentally click, a treat must be handed out, no exceptions". Is this correct?


    Sorry about all the questions!

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    If the click means treat then absolutely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Belle View Post
    Thanks for that Ash.

    The clicker came with an instruction booklet but doesn't help much.

    One thing in the booklet says: "If you accidentally click, a treat must be handed out, no exceptions". Is this correct?


    Sorry about all the questions!
    Dont worry about all the questions... thats the point of the forum
    Ok once your dog understands that the click means she will get a treat then if you click she will be looking for the treat. If you click at the wrong time then that is your fault, you are telling her that she has done something right, if you then do not give her a treat then she will get confused. She will feel ripped off for doing what she thinks is right and not getting the promised reward. Just give her a little reward and make sure you dont do it often. to compensate it is a good idea to 'jack pot' next time she does it right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ashaari View Post
    Dont worry about all the questions... thats the point of the forum
    Ok once your dog understands that the click means she will get a treat then if you click she will be looking for the treat. If you click at the wrong time then that is your fault, you are telling her that she has done something right, if you then do not give her a treat then she will get confused. She will feel ripped off for doing what she thinks is right and not getting the promised reward. Just give her a little reward and make sure you dont do it often. to compensate it is a good idea to 'jack pot' next time she does it right.
    Thanks again Ash.

    Such a good helper.

    Am going to give it a go now, will post an update when we've done our lil' sesh.

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    good luck with her. Shouldnt take her too long

    Breeding, Showing, Training and general crazy making!!!
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    It was going well until we got some unexpected visitors. Pipi was immdediately distracted as there was now 7 of us in the house instead of 3.

    Will try again tomorrow, after Paws In The Park!!

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