How to Clicker Train Your Dog?

Clicker Training

When your furry friend sits, you click. By pairing the sharp sound of the clicker with a reward such as a healthy treat, you immediately create one of the most powerful training tools that you can use to immediately signal to your dog the instant that he does something good. Clicker Training Your Dog, so how to Clicker Train Your Dog?

When your dog stays, you click. When he sits, you click! He now knows that he has been rewarded for sitting, even if you’ve not given him his yummy treat yet.

Training New Behaviors

Pet parents with multiple issues often may believe that they do not have the skills or time to modify them. Yet, in some cases, particularly with major aggression issues or serious phobic disorders, training new behaviors with an actual clicker works very well. Other sounds can be used such as finger snaps, whistles, mouth clicks, or even a verbal “Click!” but the clicker sounds works well because it is so distinctive and very consistent. Many trainers recommend changing to the verbal marker after the behavior has been learned.

When Fido offers you the complete and perfected behavior that you are trying to train, all on his own, that behavior is captured. This is the simplest and easiest way to train simple behaviors in your furry friends. For example, the sit can be captured, clicked, and rewarded because it is a behavior that is offered frequently by your dog. Think about it this way. If a dog never offers you the behavior that you want, capturing could take forever. Shaping is used to train much more complex behaviors in your dogs. In order to help your dog learn a complex behavior, the trainer breaks it down into small steps, then clicks and rewards each step often until the dog understands and learns the entire behavior. If you want to teach your dog to spin in a circle to the left, you would start by capturing a slight turn of the head to the left with a click and a yummy treat. Then when the dog begins to regularly offer left-head turns, you would then only click and treat the stronger behavior.

Using Repetitions with The Clicker For Positive Dog Training

Positive Dog Training

With any series of repetitions, many of the learned behaviors will be stronger, some will be weaker, and some will be average. Once you begin to click and treat only the average and stronger turns, all the average behaviors will begin to progress towards the stronger end of the scale. Then it becomes only necessary to click and reward when Fido’s body starts to follow the head or when he actually takes a step. This with time will shape into an entire circle to the left.

Positive training with the clicker does not mean permissive, and discipline in the form of time outs or ignoring bad behavior is used to guide your dog into making the right choices. Negative behaviors are not suppressed through fear or force. Dogs who are trained this way are not only more tolerant and wonderfully self-controlled, they behave much more predictably.

Positive training methods with clicker use focuses on working Fido’s brain in a non-confrontational way. It rewards positive behavior and establishes rituals and predictability.

No Force Clicker Positive Dog Training

No Force Clicker

Clicker training negates bad behavior, and lessens Fido’s anger and frustration because this method of dog training is enforced without force. Your dog’s trust is not violated in ways that it could be when harsher training methods are used. Unfortunately trainers who use the outdated pack-leader and dominance theory are still using these outdated methods.

But what happens if your dog is afraid of the clicker? Many trainers will then opt for a different reward marker, perhaps a softer clicker, or a verbal marker. Some will even desensitize anxious dogs to the clicker sound by wrapping it in a soft cloth.

Imitation takes place when your dog watches another dog perform the required behavior, and then is able to perform that same behavior on his own. Social imitation is when a dog watches another dog doing something and then joins in. So if you have a dog that is already trained and you’re attempting to train your new puppy, social facilitation will work well for you.

Luring

Luring is done by using a piece of food as a lure. If you want to lure a down position, hold the treat in front of your dog’s nose, then slowly lower it towards the ground. Fido then follows the treat and does exactly what you want him to do. He ends up lying down.

Modeling

Modeling is actually helping your dog or physically assisting him into a position. Nonetheless, this is the least desirable and least effective way of the mentioned five training methods. This is because your dog may become dependent on your touch to make a certain behavior happen.

The goal of clicker training is to get Fido to succeed so that you can reward him. It is not to challenge him into making mistakes. He needs to feel self-confident and to trust you. If he makes a couple of mistakes, keep in mind that perhaps you have moved forward too fast in your clicker training. So slow down, and help him to succeed.

Whether you’ve just adopted or purchased your new furry best friend, or are planning to get one, positive dog training via clicker training ensures positive reinforcement. This method results in a confident dog that enjoys dog training classes.

A well-adjusted dog is fun to live with, and is always under control. That said, make sure to only work with a certified positive dog trainer that has been recommended by friends and family. As usual, always have all the dog training equipment needed, including healthy treats to train your furry best friend!

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