Dog Training For Tricks. Part 3 Clicker Training

Clicker Training For Dogs

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The clicker is a marker signal. It makes a certain sound that in turn marks the correct behavior the very instant your dog performs it.

What is a Clicker?

It’s a small plastic box that has a metal tongue, which clicks each time you press onto it. Clickers can be bought at all pet stores and online.

How Does My Dog Understand The Click?

The clicker teaches your dog to think .It also allows for dogs to have some control over getting that click. Your dog has to earn it!

Why is The Clicker Better Than Words?

Sometimes our praise may be late. “ Good Boy,” may mark the desired behavior a few seconds later than a click. With the click, it arrives on time, and if we’re late clicking we usually know it’s our fault.

With positive training our dogs are never wrong or stupid. What clicker training has taught us is that specific behaviors can be learned. It’s all about mental attitude. Happier and more focused dogs have an easier time learning. There are stronger relationships, and far less behavioral problems with POSITIVE TRAINING.

The first step is identifying all the behaviors in your canine companion that you’d like to change. For instance, when Rex my Shepherd was a puppy, he loved to jump up on everyone that walked through the front door. Rather than keep him outside, I decided to use the clicker only when he responded and came to me. As he came bounding towards me, I clicked and praised him. This was accompanied by lots of praise and a few treats. After repeating this a few times, Rex stopped jumping up on the guests and started waiting in anticipation for treats when the clicks came.

Why is Ignoring The Behavior You Don’t Like So Important?

This is easier said than done, but once you start doing this you’ll begin to see a pattern emerge.

First Things To Do Are:

*Completely ignore your furry best friend, even if he’s having a great time shredding your favorite loafers.

*Redirect your dog to an activity than you can positively reinforce.

*Use the crate when you find yourself becoming impatient.

*Remember to reinforce only the behavior that you want. Do not accidently reinforce bad behavior when you’re in a rush.

*Prevent bad situations from happening before they actually happen. Put your dog in his crate prior to your children’s friends coming over on a play date, if you know that your dog simply cannot resist chasing them around the house or garden. Crates make a dog feel secure and are part of his home. No dog should be made to sit in his crate for hours, yet for small periods of time the crate yet for small periods of time the crate can serve as a place of comfort and security. Put in some interactive toys when guests come over and a favorite blanket and you’ll notice how nicely he’ll settle down.

 

See Reinforcing The Behaviors You Want

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