Well went to the instructors meeting. Here I am all prepared for discussion on should we have the first day of training a no dog day and it never comes up for discussion. I would of liked to have said something but with puppies and mum at home and everyone else out at Scouts I didn't have the time to hang around.
Instead we discuss various other things which are all fairly routine and then finish the night off with a heated discussion on what to do if a person with a clicker comes to class.
Now I like clickers, don't use one, prefer to use voice 'Yes', but have had to for courses etc and we trained the pet rat (nothing special) using one.
My thoughts are that if an experienced person was to come to class with a clicker I've got no problem, but I find most inexperienced people are going well to control their adolescent dog, have the lead in the correct hand, manage their treats etc etc. Let alone time the clicker.
We are talking a big club here, on an open oval, Sat arvo the average mum and dad with a dog between 8 months and 2 years. They either did puppy class and then stopped and have now come back or skipped it all together and have joined because they are sick of the dog taking them for a walk. But it brought up all sorts of questions that others members might ask. Why don't I have a clicker? That clicker is distracting my dog. etc etc.
It has been proven that dogs learn to identify their own clicker but we're talking beginner classes here.
What is happening in your club and do they use clicker, voice or both?