Dog Training is not simply about obedience..... it's all about communicating effectively with your pet and helping them to clearly understand what we want.
Clicker Training your dog (or cat!) offers tremendous benefits, and can really speed up the whole learning process. It's useful for basic training, trick training, teaching your dog to dance, training agility, teaching your dog to stop jumping up and any other general manners and it's also very useful for helping your pet build their confidence and overcome any fears and phobias.
Clicker training is so effective because it allows you to immediately and quickly indicate to the dog that he's done what you wanted. Think of when your dog's jumping up - by the time you've waited for him to stop, turned, and said - good boy - then he's jumped up again. The click-click allows you to catch the instant his 4 paws on the ground.
It's important, ofcourse, to realise that you want to eventually stop needing to use the clicker, and this is easily achieved by simply gradually making the dog work harder and harder for one click and treat.
Also, provided that the clicker training is carried out using kind, fair and rewarding and effective methods, it will also bring
In order to achieve this, however, the training needs to consistently push your pet to their next level of learning without overwhelming them or making them become too frustrated and give up. It's all about positive re-inforcement and getting a clear message across at the right time.
What goes wrong with clicker training?
The clicker is not a whistle. It's a "reward marker". What does that mean? Well, you click when you're dog has done what you want - you're saying "thankyou" / "Good Dog" - so its afterwards. The whistle is a cue - like saying "come here". Many fall into the trap of using the clicker to tell the dog to come here.
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