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Clicker Training

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Clicker training is a process in which we train our dog by using a clicker. The dog associates a click with a treat so you can click at the exact moment your dog does the current behavior or trick. This type of training is somewhat different than the usually Command or Cue, Behavior then reward since we usually only give the cue to the action after the dog has done it a few times. Another big difference is the timing and precision of the click to tell your pet at what time exactly he did the right gesture . Your dog is very smart, and timing is everything in proper training.
Clicker Training

The basic process is first getting your pet which does not only need to be a dog used to the click sound then a treat. This is repeated a few times, which will associate the click as reward time. Some people use pointers to help with the training, you can buy a clicker which has a built in pointer or you can use a pencil or straw. Once your pet knows a click means reward you can start training many other tricks very easily.

The point of the clicker is just to show the exact gesture he is currently doing is correct, so either click then reward just as he sits. Repeat this without any cue and then once he masters that, put in the cue during the gesture while still using the click and treat. Then the last step is to give a cue then he does the trick, which is followed by a click and treat.

This is a great way to train your pet without having to resort to any sort of punishment. Punishment actually hurts the process of training since it is usually punished after the act has been done and does not associate the two together.

 
 

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