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    Default Clicker Training

    I had never heard of clicker training until I joined this site and I am wondering if someone could it explain to me how and why people use it?

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    I have used clicker training for all my dogs. Google is a great starting point but I will see if I can explain the basics.

    Basically the 'clicker' which makes a "click" sound is a marker for your dog that tells them what they are doing at that precise moment is correct (what YOU want them to do) and they will be getting a reward for it.

    You beginning by pairing the clicker with food. So you sit there and you 'click' then reward then 'click' then reward and so on and so on. This teaches the dog that EVERY TIME they hear that "click" it means they get something yummy.

    So when you are teaching commands you get the dog to do something, they do it you click and reward. We use clickers because it is easy for the dogs to understand and pick up. You can use your voice in place of the clicker, BUT your voice always changes, and if there are a few people helping to train the dog then it can get a little confusing. The clicker gives the dog one sound to work without confusing it.

    I could go on for hours but basically they originally used them to train dolphins, whales and other types of animals and someone thought ... well ... why not use it for dogs as well?

    There are many great websites out there that explain clicker training as well as plenty of books.

    I think it is a great way to train because it keeps things fun and light. You enjoy it, the dog enjoys it and if you both enjoy it you will (hopefully) keep going. Which is what happened to me.

    hmm hope that helps ... if not let me know and I can try again
    "In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn't merely try to train him to be semihuman. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog." - Edward Hoagland

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    If no one else beats me to it, I'll post some good links later. But I started it with my current dog and I am loving it! Though I haven't been as consistent with the training as I should have been. But the days that I have been, as soon as the clicker and treat bag come out, the dog is totally focused on me and turns from a jumpy, boisterous, overexcited pup into a model student.

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    Clicker Training

    http://www.clickertraining.com/node/289


    I love Clicker training and I use my clicker and the word "yes". The clicker I use for distance work.......Out in the water and faraway.
    Yes I use at the Club and close work.
    The link is pretty good, but if you Google it you will find hundreds of sites
    Have fun
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    So you need to carry a clicker on you all the time?

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    I keep mine in a little pocket in my treat bag. I always grab the treat bag when I head out with the dog. I also got a little bracelet to attach my clicker too, so I always have it handy.

    Though when out and about I just use just praise a lot too for good behaviour. I always use the clicker for planned training sessions though. My dog now knows it well and stares at it the whole time we're training.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alacrityvirtue View Post
    So you need to carry a clicker on you all the time?
    No..I take my clicker with me on long distance training sessions, otherwise i often just use the word "yes", my dogs take that as a click
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    clicker training is really simple and it works for me. there are some articles in the internet that explains how to use it. But the main idea is you click once your dog performs something that you wanted. In that way he can associate the click to the good behavior. Please use treats to reinforce the clicker training.

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    I do also recommend you read some articles and search this site for more info. I ordered the 'Click for joy' book on recommendation from members here.

    After reading a bit about it and starting the training, one thing that stood out for me with this training was the ability to enforce a behaviour before you add the cue.

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