How to Clicker Train a Dog – Fastest Reward Training

This is a brief introduction to “How to Clicker Train a Dog”, explaining the basic concepts simply and concisely. Clicker training is a popular form of positive reinforcement. This popular and effective training method utilizes a clicker, which is a small handheld device that makes a distinct clicking sound when pressed. The click is much faster and more distinct than saying “good dog” and much more effective than training only with treats alone….

Table Of Contents
  1. Introduction to “How to Clicker Train a Dog”
  2. Clicker Training Basic Commands – Sit
  3. Clicker Training Basic Commands – Down
  4. Clicker Training – Stay Command
  5. How to Clicker Train a Dog: Positive Reinforcement Removes Dog Training Guesswork
  6. How to Clicker Train a Dog or Puppy

Clicker Training Pup
Clicker Training Pup

Clicker training, or mark and reward, is a form of positive reinforcement dog training.

Introduction to “How to Clicker Train a Dog”

How to Clicker Train a Dog – Clicker training is a pet training method based on a bridging stimulus / temporary good feeling in operant conditioning. The system uses conditioned reinforcers / good feelings / click sound, which a trainer can deliver more quickly and more precisely than primary reinforcers such as food.

What is a ‘clicker’?

A clicker is simply a small plastic box, containing a metal plate which, when pressed, makes a ‘click’ sound.

What is clicker training and How to Clicker Train a Dog?

Clicker Training is a method of ‘positive reinforcement training’ – that is, rewarding the behaviours that we like instead of punishing behaviours that we don’t like. When the dog does what we want him to do, we ‘click’ and give him a treat.
So, we train the dog to understand that the ‘click’ means “well done” and that a treat is coming.

Clicker Training Tips – How to Clicker Train a Dog

  1. Always, Click once, then treat
  2. Make the reinforcement immediate and certain (click and treat). Using a clicker allows you to mark the behaviour just as it happens. The more closely that reinforcement follows the target behaviour the more likely it is to be effective if you are teaching your dog to jump, for example, click when the dog is in mid-flight (criteria for height) and for the long jump at the end of the behaviour, just a the dog lands.
  3. Never show the dog the rewards (primary reinforcers); let him learn that it is his behaviour that causes the click, which produces the food.
  4. Always END practice sessions BEFORE your dog loses interest, so practice sessions should be “short and sweet” of 3-4 minutes, 5 to 6 times per day, in different locations around the house are better than 2 half hour sessions.
  5. Observing the results is an essential part of the training process. Learning to perceive the difference that makes the difference. Learning to observe your pup, when to reinforce or not, and when to raise specific criteria will become easier over time and experience. As will, most importantly, having the patience to allow your dog to work through these procedures so that it will heighten your dog’s performance and improve his creativity for learning. Learning to perceive the difference that makes the difference is known as the “art of reinforcement” and the only way of achieving fast, reliable results is to go out and do it, as reading about it doesn’t give you the practice that you require.
  6. Watch your dog and capture its natural behaviour; sit, down, stand, come follow me, sniff the ground, head turn, paw lifting, yawn, stretch, shake, play bow, rollover and many more; keep looking, keep clicking!
  7. Visualise the whole behaviour and click and treat any small movements in the right direction. If you want the dog to “sit”, and it starts to crouch its backend, click.
  8. Dogs learn in fits and starts, so go at a pace you both can cope with and remember to start each session with a review of the previous session’s behaviour.
  9. Good TIMING is everything-if things are not working out you are probably clicking too late, get a training “buddy” to help!
  10. Teach in a quiet environment and gradually add distractions: your movements, a friend visiting and then your friend with a friendly dog.
  11. What’s your dog MOTIVATION: Use the Canine Reinforcement Analysis. (READY, STEADY, CLICK!)
  12. Expect errors, yours and the dog’s, behaviour is variable so you will have a second chance to capture your target behaviour.
  13. When using the lead, it is there for safety’s sake, not as a training tool.
  14. Do not rush to add cues/commands until the dog has learned the behaviour. First the dog will learn to sit for a click and treat, Then the dog learns that sitting only gets a click and treat when you say “sit”. So that word (cue) becomes a signal that reinforcement is now available for that particular behaviour.
  15. When giving a cue/command only give it once and wait until the dog performs the behaviour, then click and treat.
  16. Be patient and have fun-if you or your dog are not “up for it”, stop, have a cup of coffee and try again later.
  17. Mend unwanted behaviour by clicking GOOD behaviour. Click and treat the dog for toileting in the right place. Click for paws on the ground, not on guests.
  18. Use the right size of food or treat for your dog. Start your training program before you have fed the dog.
  19. Most behaviour can be shaped up by using continuous reinforcement; there may be no need to use Variable Ratio reinforcement.
  20. Above all let your dog see you as a source of all things good, including information about what’s safe to do and what’s not safe to do, with our clickers. Be creative, have patience and above all have fun.

Benefits of Clicker Training

The benefit of the clicker is that it makes a consistent sound and we can make the sound at the very moment that the dog is carrying out the behaviour that we like. The dog will learn to associate the good behaviour with the ‘click’ and the forthcoming treat, and will learn to repeat the behaviour.

Of course, we can be positive just by saying “good dog” however, there are some potential problems with this. We will inevitably use a different tone depending on what mood we are in, so it is not a consistent sound; dogs are very sensitive to body language and tone so will receive mixed signals depending on your mood!

The other main problem is timing – by the time we have said “good dog”, the dog may have stopped the positive behaviour and started doing something else. Dogs do not have the power to determine which one of the behaviours is the good one, so again they receive a mixed signal.

Where do you start with Clicker Training?

The most important thing you need is your clicker! The next thing you’ll need are some treats. You will need small, easy to eat, tasty treats – something that will really make his mouth water! They must be quick to eat because this is a dynamic, fast way to train, so you don’t want him spending ages crunching through huge biscuits! Cheese, cut up into small pieces is irresistible to most dogs, or cooked sausages cut up. The treats need to be easily accessible – either in a loose pocket or a bag carried around your waist perhaps.

Now, start somewhere with minimal distractions. Our first aim is show the dog the meaning of the clicker. Stand in front of him, click ONCE and give a treat. At this point, the dog doesn’t have to do anything for his treat – he just needs to learn the association of the ‘click’ and treat routine. Spend some time doing a ‘click’, then treat. Generally give 1 treat but very occasionally, ‘jackpot’ with a handful of treats. Being unpredictable is a good trick to use with dogs – he’ll eventually work harder because although he knows he’ll get a treat anyway, it’ll be in the back of his mind that he might just get 5 treats if he does something extra special!

He will very quickly learn that a ‘click’ means that a treat is coming – you will see the recognition in his behaviour. His ears will prick at the ‘click’ sound, he may get excited, his behaviour will show when he expects a treat following the ‘click’.

The Top 3 Clicker Training Rules

ALWAYS treat after a click – even if you’ve accidentally clicked. The dog must have absolute faith in the ‘click means treat’ routine. Do not let the kids have the clicker to play with as a toy – even if they’re in a different room to the dog, he WILL hear it and will be tormented if his treats don’t follow. The clicker is the dog’s toy and no-one else’s!!

Only click ONCE. Don’t get excited when he does wonderful things and ‘click, click, click, click’ – this takes the consistency out of the ‘click’ and treat routine. One click is perfectly sufficient!!

Keep training sessions short and sweet, preferably around five minutes. They should be fun for both of you; fun for him because he’s getting lots of treats and is using his brain, and fun for you because it is far easier to train him than you ever imagined – but keep it fun by keeping it short!

When he is responding to the ‘click’ and visibly waiting for his treat, you are ready to move on to the next section on teaching basic clicker training commands.

Clicker Training Basic Commands – Sit

How to Clicker Train a Dog – Now that he’s responding to the ‘click’, you are ready to teach some basic commands. Clicker Training for puppies is a totally hands off approach – we want to allow the pup to use his thought process to find out what we’re asking him to do. And we all know that the best way of remembering how to do something is to teach ourselves; Clicker Training is so easy because the dog is almost teaching himself!

Sit command

This is an easy command to train and should take no time at all with the clicker.
With your dog standing in front of you, get his attention by saying his name and letting him know that you’ve got a treat in your hand (and be ready with the clicker in the other hand!).
Remember that we will not use the command ‘sit’ at this stage.

Slowly lift the treat over his head so that he looks up to follow the treat. Keep the treat moving slowly back over his head, and as his head continues up to follow the treat, his bottom should automatically move towards the floor.

At this stage, he doesn’t have to sit – if his bottom moves towards the floor at all, click and treat.

Continue in this manor, but become more selective with the click and treat; only click and treat when his bottom is very close to the floor, or is actually on the floor. And once he is sitting with reasonable regularity, only click and treat when he is actually sitting.
He will quickly work out in his own mind that by sitting, he earns a click and treat.
This should be very quick to teach – within just 1 or 2 sessions, he should have the idea.

When he appears to know what we want of him, this is where we introduce the verbal command. As the treat is moving over his head, say, “Fido*, Sit”. Practice this with short, frequent sessions, only clicking and treating when he sits on your verbal command.
*NOTE: Before giving a command, we should say the dogs name to get his attention.
For a short time, he’ll try sitting even when you haven’t given him the verbal “Fido, sit” command, but he’ll soon get to grips with the fact that he only gets a treat when he does it following the verbal command.

Further short sessions should work on improving the quality of the sit. We are looking for him to respond quickly to our command, and we should only have to say it once.
So, if we are trying to achieve a quicker response, we should be more selective and only click and treat when he sits down immediately after our verbal command.
The key to dog training is the understanding that all dogs are different, so what works for one may not work for another.

It may be necessary to alter the method slightly for each different dog, so although we follow the same basic rules for Clicker Training, if you find something that really works well with your own dog, you should embrace it and consider how you can make it work for other commands.

Once he is sitting well, and appears to do it without really thinking about it, the clicker does not have to be used every time we ask him to sit. For a time, it is a good idea to have a refresher session occasionally, with the sit command and the clicker, to reinforce it, but on the whole, it should be very well instilled in his mind. Now, you are ready to move on to DOWN

Clicker Training Basic Commands – Down

Now that you’ve achieved a reliable “sit”, it’s time to start on the “down” command.

Clicker Training – “Down” Command

Normally, this would not be as easy as the “sit” section, but you just have to be patient it will happen!

A straight forward, solid “down” instruction / command is a really important step for puppies to learn – think about when you take him for a walk and he sees something very enticing like a cat. Imagine if, when he started racing over to whatever it is, you shouted “DOWN”, and he actually stopped in his tracks and lay down. It really is one of the most important commands that we can teach. (It could also be the first move for many fun tricks you might want to teach him later)

Get him to sit down then crouch out in front of your pup, but leave enough space between the two of you so that he has enough space to lie down. Let him know that you have a treat, put it in front of his nose and move it slowly towards the floor. If you move it too fast, he’ll stand up, so have patience! The pup might try his luck and take the treat out your hand, just be ready and make sure he can’t.

As you move the treat down, he should follow it with his nose.

When the treat and his nose are on the floor, move it slowly (remember, slowly, or he’ll try to stand up!!) away from him, towards you.

Although he may not lie down at this stage, he should be clicked and treated for lowering his body, which should happen naturally when he follows the treat with his nose, whilst in the sit position.

As with the sit, we need to build this behaviour up. Become more selective with clicking and treating, waiting until his body is much closer to the floor, and eventually only clicking when he is lying down.

When he is lying down with reasonable regularity, we should introduce the command “down” *. As with the sit, we need to build up to only clicking and treating when he lies down on the verbal command.

*NOTE – do not use your pup’s name before when giving the command, just give a firm command, quickly and you should expect an instant reaction. Don’t use “lie down”, as this takes longer to say and can’t be said with the same urgency as “down”.

Carry on teaching the “down” command, while you stand up rather than crouching, similar to the beginning of the training.

Initially when you started the “down” command training, you started him in a “sit” position. You should move on to practicing the command “down” without first asking him to sit. He may be confused at first because it is different to how he first learned, but persevere and he will work it out!

A good training exercise when he is lying down reliably, is to train him with the clicker, but only click when he lies down very quickly. This should reinforce a stronger, quicker down.
You both deserve a pat on the back when he understands and follows the “down” command, so well done!!

Clicker Training – Stay Command

The stay command isn’t difficult to teach as such, but it does take time and patience. Teaching the stay command is about building the time that your dog “stays” gradually over time.

The principle for teaching sit-stay and down-stay is exactly the same although it is likely that you may find down-stay easier to teach. The reason for this is quite simply that your dog will be more comfortable in the down position than he will be in the sit position, so it is helpful to remember this.

With your clicker and treats ready, you should ask your dog for the “sit” or “down” position (depending on which one you are teaching). Count 2 seconds, then click and treat ONLY IF your dog has remained in the sit / down position.

(If he moved out of the sit / down position before you reached 2 seconds, try again, this time only counting to 1 second.)

Now, this is the part that will take the time and patience. You need to build up the time between when he goes into the sit / down position and when you click and treat. Don’t be tempted to wait too long at first; you should build up the delay by a couple of seconds at a time.

Sometimes, he will move away before you have clicked; at this point, you should patiently put him back into the sit / down position and wait for a shorter amount of time before clicking and treating.

If he continually moves away before you have clicked, it is likely that you are waiting too long before clicking; some dogs will take longer to teach and when this is the case, you should build up the time much more slowly. Have patience, eventually he will stay for longer!!
When you have built up the time and he is reliably staying for 30 seconds, you can introduce the verbal “stay” command. So, you will say “Fido, sit” then as soon as he is sitting “Fido, stay”.

It is useful to introduce a hand signal with the verbal “stay” command, so that you are able to reinforce the command from a distance. Just imagine if you could ask him for down-stay at one end of a field and walk away from him, using a hand signal to reinforce the command and ensure that he stays. Introducing a hand signal is just as easy as teaching a verbal signal – dogs are experts at body language, so it will be much more apparent to him that you might think. A good hand signal to use with “stay” is to hold up the palm of your hand to your dog whilst you say “stay”.

You should continue to build up the time before he receives his click and treat – if you work hard on this command, you can expect that your dog will stay for many minutes, even if you walk away from him or even leave the room.

This lesson should also include teaching a release word for your dog – a word that literally means that he can stop staying. You could say “release” for example, then call him to you, as soon as he stands, click and treat. He will learn that when you say “release”, he is free to move away. This will ensure that he understands when he should “stay” and when the command has finished.

How to Clicker Train a Dog: Positive Reinforcement Removes Dog Training Guesswork

How to Clicker Train a Dog – Clicker training is a form of positive reinforcement in the field of operant conditioning wherein the clicking sound from a mechanical device marks a desired behavior in animal training. Contrary to popular belief, clicker training is not solely for dog training. This form of procedure is also popular among horses, cats and other pets.
Originally, clicker training was used as a method of obedience training for such unlikely trainees like dolphins in wild animal shows and carrier pigeons for military courier services.

Why clicker training works

The process works via association. If an animal performs a specific task according to the instruction it is given, reward is granted immediately, accompanied always by the clicking sound. The animal soon associates the clicking sound as a means to a promised reward. The longer the training process continues, the easier it is for the animal to follow instructions.

By far, this is the gentlest type of obedience training. Using force and punishment to bolster obedience in animals has always been a controversial issue. This issue is always weighed against traditional training versus the merits of such practice in the long term psychological health of the animal. Negative reinforcement may be in the form of aversive methods, caging, choke collars, force, punishment, sprays, and /or withholding of food or toy. Behavioral training using rewards has proven that animals subjected to this learn new behaviors easier, quicker and with more enthusiasm. They also end up healthier in body and mind.

With dog training, the clicker training method seems to work better than the other forms of positive reinforcement like food, positive attention, praise and voice reinforcements. This is due to the fact that the click pinpoints the “desired” behavior exactly. This eliminates the guesswork on the part of the animal, making the process go faster. Incredibly, animals using this method have learned new things in one to three clicks only, as compared to the weeks and months in conventional non-clicker training.

The clicker training provides a consistent marker in which the dog receives the same information. Also, the sound of the clicker is very distinct, which distracts the dog’s attention from the other stimuli in the environment. Unlike verbal rewards like praise and verbal reinforcements, a clicker conveys no emotion whatsoever; thus the learning process is not marred by accidental slips of approval or disapproval in the voice of the instructor.

This kind of training seems also to work on puppies that are only several weeks old. This means that basic obedience, good manners and fun games can be taught to the animal at an early age. Family members and / or pert owners can incorporate a bit of “clicking” in their daily routines. A walk to the park, a family picnic, or even watching TV can become a little training session for the animal. This informal mode of training even helps strengthen the bond between the animal and its instructor / pet owner. Clicker training is proving to be the most effective form of obedience instruction so far.

How to Clicker Train a Dog or Puppy

Have you just bought yourself a puppy, a bundle of seemingly boundless energy? Are you not sure how to turn all this vitality and enthusiasm for life to your advantage in training your pup? Clicker training takes your dog’s eagerness to investigate and experiment, and uses it to turn your pet into an obedient and willing companion.

What is clicker training?

Clicker training is a form of “operant conditioning.” It relies on positive reinforcement, and the dog associating a certain sound with a reward for performing an action. It does away with the negative techniques we associate with conventional training, i.e., choke chains, dragging reluctant dogs (or being reluctantly dragged around by dogs!), putting them into different positions such as “sit” or “down” and hoping that they start to understand the commands. Operant conditioning is used successfully with dolphins and killer whales, mammals you simply cannot train by traditional methods.

Do I need any special equipment to clicker train?

Sometimes, people clicker train by snapping their fingers, or making a verbal clicking noise. But it is probably best to use a “clicker,” a small box with a metal strip on the top, available from most pet shops or on the internet. If you press and release the metal bar, it makes a clicking noise. It is a unique sound for the dog, in amongst human chatter that may be going on, and the sound can be made instantaneously, which is imperative in this sort of training. By the time you have rewarded a dog verbally by saying something like “Good puppy,” the desired action has probably morphed into something else completely. With a clicker, the action is caught the moment it happens.

What is the first step in clicker training?

Your young pup will no doubt be carrying out lots of natural actions – lying down, sitting up, turning round, sniffing objects – opportunities for training are endless. Firstly though, ensure that your youngster associates the “click” sound with a tasty treat. Once your pet starts looking for the treat when the click is heard, you can start using the clicker as a training aid. Some trainers call this “powering up the clicker.”

How would I clicker train a basic behavior?

Let’s say you wanted your puppy to learn to sit on command. Whenever you saw him preparing to sit down, you would wait until the moment his bottom touches the floor, and click and treat immediately. Timing needs to be very accurate – you are aiming for a nice stable sit, and not a squat. You can train some really unusual behaviors if you’re not careful!
Your puppy will figure out for himself that sitting down earns him a click and treat, and should soon start offering a “sit” in an attempt to earn a reward. Once he has done this, you can start adding the verbal cue of “sit” to the behavior along with the clicker, and then start fading out the clicker. It will take some time for the dog to associate the cue with the action, so don’t be too hasty in dropping the clicker reinforcement.

How would you clicker train deaf dogs?

As you can imagine, it would be impossible to clicker train deaf dogs, but you can teach them by a similar method. Instead of using a clicker to reward an action, you use a small pen flashlight. Once the dog is offering the behavior you are shaping on a regular basis, you would add a hand-signal cue instead of a verbal one.

Can you use clicker training to deal with unwanted behaviors?

There are several ways of extinguishing unwanted behaviors. A clicker-trained dog recognizes that it gains some sort of reward for its actions. If none is forthcoming for the behavior it is producing, the animal is liable to drop it from its repertoire as it is of no use to it. Another solution is to click and treat the unwanted behavior, then put it on cue, and never ask for it. If your dog barks and strains to get at other dogs, you could click and treat it if it turns to look at you, put this action on cue eventually, and extinguish the other one.

Is clicker training used for other than basic dog training?

Dog handlers in all sorts of disciplines use clicker training, especially with agility, obedience and heelwork-to-music dogs. And a lot of dogs working in the acting business are trained this way. With clicker training, you can eventually add whole sequences of intricate behavior together. You may be surprised at what your dog is able to do, when you unleash his natural enthusiasm and intelligence. But, be aware, if you have a dog that’s up for it, and willing to learn, both you and he could find the whole training method quite addictive, and you might end up with a dog that’s a whole lot smarter than you are!

How Clicker Training a Puppy Works

The good news is that when clicker training a puppy or a dog you apply the same concepts to both; you mark good behavior with a click and a treat or praise (basically some form of reward for your dog).

A dog clicker is usually a small plastic device with a large button in the center when you press and depress this button the device releases an audible click, hence the name clicker. This sound is what you’ll use to mark your puppy with when they do what you command or show good behavior while you’re clicker training a puppy.

With both clicker training a puppy or a dog clicker training the dog clicker should be kept handy at all times so you can use it at any point in time. You will need to keep it handy because you never know when you’ll need it to mark your puppy’s good behavior.

When clicker training a puppy you use the sound that the clicker makes to mark your puppy’s good behavior at the very instance that they do it. You then follow this up with a “good boy” or a tasty treat. Keep doing this and over time your puppy will want you to click the clicker because he knows what he gets if you do. By this I mean that your puppy will do as he is told and not do the undesired things that puppies and dogs usually do like taking food from the kitchen side or ripping up your slippers or magazines.

Whilst clicker training a puppy to approve of their good behavior you should only use it for this reason, if you start associating the clicker with when your puppy is bad then he will never know the difference and the time and effort you’ve put into training your puppy with a clicker so far will have been wasted. When clicker training a puppy you should only ever use it to reward the good.

All in all clicker training dogs and puppies is very simple and easy to integrate into your dogs lifestyle and it shouldn’t disrupt their environment that much. To initially introduce your dog to the clicker I would suggest that you click at the point of every single piece of the good behavior your dog performs and immediately give him a treat along with some praise. Over time the process of clicker training your dog or puppy will become instinctive but make sure that when you start you stick to it and stay consistent. If you use the clicker all the time for both good and bad behavior you may well not have bothered to begin with.

Clicker training is a great way to reinforce your dog’s good behavior positively by utilizing your dog’s natural psychological tendencies to make him learn what he should be doing and what he shouldn’t. This method of dog and puppy training does work and it has been proven many times however the owner of the dog introducing the clicker, once started, should keep using it at all times.

You should aim to get to a point with your clicker training a puppy efforts where the clicker will be no longer needed and if you set out to use the clicker to mark your dogs good behavior you should find that it won’t take long for your dog to not need to hear the sound of a click and just your voice will be enough to steer him in the right direction.

How To Effectively Use Clicker Training

Believe it or not the clicker was originally used back in the 1960′s to help train dolphins; nowadays however it has been identified as an effective piece of dog training equipment in teaching dogs how to behave. It is used to help mark the behavior that we want our dogs and puppies to use all the time.

In a nut shell canine training with the use of a clicker can quite simple be summarized in the following sentence:

“Your dog or puppy already knows how to do the tricks or tasks you want them to do, what’s needed is a clear way to communicate to them what and when you want them to do it.”

So here’s a guideline on how to properly apply dog clicker training and how it can really make house training puppies easy:

  • Firstly make sure you have some treats to hand in a bag on your person or in your pocket and obviously have the clicker in your hand.
  • Then get your dog or puppy to perform the task you want them to do e.g. sit, lie down, wait etc
  • When your dog or puppy performs this task at your command mark it instantly using the clicker, give your dog a treat and add praise.
  • As your dog or puppy gets good at doing this try to apply this into your day to day life and also try to get them to hold the task for longer, at further distances and also try to throw in distractions.
  • Try to fade the clicker out of your dog clicker training regime so that your dog or puppy responds to your voice only.

And that’s it however remember your aim is to get to a point with your dog where you no longer need Clicker Trainingthe clicker to teach your dog to respond to your commands. It will take time and all dogs will respond differently however ultimately the desired outcome usually prevails.

Using this tool is a very good way to start puppy crate training because you can use the dog clicker to mark exactly when your dog goes inside the crate. When you begin using this strategy for house training puppies it would be a good idea to have already introduced the sound of the clicker by training your puppy a simple task such as getting him to sit or turn around.

Why Is Dog Clicker Training So Important?

Clicker training for dogs is one of the most scientific approaches to bring out the best behavior in dogs and eliminates any problems that exist. Using this method of training, communication with the dog increases and a better understanding of practical situations under which animals react arises.

Indeed, Clicker training dogs is a positive way that is based upon repetition, consistent efforts and positive reinforcement.

  • Importance of Clicker Training:
  • Mutual respect and bonding develops automatically between the dog and the handler.
  • Dog Clicker training is a form of motivational training that is scientific and does not involve any violent punishments.
  • It is perfect for young puppies and makes confident dogs.
  • It makes the dogs stress free and hence has a healthy effect on its overall growth.

People Also Ask: “How to Clicker Train a Dog”

How do I start clicker training?

  • Right now, you want your dog to think what to do to make you click. So keep your lips sealed, except if you want to give praise.
  • Start with the target object behind your back or otherwise keep it out of sight. Hold the clicker and the target in the same hand. Then hold the target out towards your dog. If he makes any move toward you, like turning his head, or sniffing, or flicking his ears, (really anything move) click and treat.
  • Put the target object behind you while your dog is eating her treat. Then repeat it again. Keep doing that about 10 times or so. Give a big reward for the last time you do it. Now Stop and put the target away while your dog is eating his treat. Now you can go do something else. You don’t want to tire him out. Come back to it later. It can be a few hours later or maybe the next day.

Does clicker training really work?

See clicker training as a great way to capture good behavior. Clicker training is a great way to introduce new concepts to your pup. Eventually, when your pup has learned a new behavior or command or trick, you won’t need the marker then anymore. At the End it’s simply a teaching tool.

How long do you use clicker training?

Try to keep the training sessions short. Dogs learn better in short periods 3–10 minutes than they do in longer 30–60 minute sessions.

What age should you start clicker training?

6 weeks
It is advisable that you start clicker training your pup as early as you can. If you can start at 6 weeks, it would be best, but as soon as possible, as soon as you get your pup if possible.

Can clicker training stop barking?

The most common and successful way to teach a dog to stop barking with clicker training is to introduce the idea of behavior extinction. With Extinction the behavior or action is no longer rewarded, so naturally the pup stops doing it because it simply isn’t worth doing anymore.

Can you use a clicker for bad behavior?

Truth: No punishment is involved during clicker training; instead, clicker training deters unwanted behavior and actions in a non-confrontational way by highlighting good behavior and actions. Clicker training relies on an approach where the trainer or dog parent ignores all bad behavior and instantly rewards the dog for the desired behavior.

Can you use a clicker to potty train?

Clicker training is a positive and effective way of teaching your pup. It’s normally very useful to potty train a new puppy. The best way to potty train your pup is to set him up for success at the very start.

How do you teach a leave it with a clicker?

As soon as your pup stops trying to get his treat, mark the action / moment with a clicker, marker word like “yes” or similar praise. Then, immediately open your hand, say “take it,” and offer your pup a treat. The point is to show that not paying attention to his treat is exactly what earns the treat.

Which dog clicker is best?

The best dog clickers

  • PetSafe Clik-R Trainer. Best All Round Pup Training Clicker. It is a comfortable, and easy to hold clicker that produces a loud, clear clicking sound. …
  • Petco Box Clicker. This is the Loudest pup training clicker. For a loud click, this is the perfect clicker. …
  • Good2Go Soft Clicker. This again is the Softestest pup clicker.

How do you train a dog to come to a clicker?

Use the clicker and also include his desired treat, for several one-or-two minute training sessions every day. Call the pup, and click if he comes toward you. Do this in every room. Call him from a few feet, and click, when he takes a step, or more steps, or if he comes right to you.

How do you make a dog clicker?

Using a Jar Lid
Get a small aluminum jar lid. …
Place the lid face down on a flat surface. …
Tap the center of the lid with a hammer a couple of times. …
Now flip the jar lid over. …
When you press down on the raised bump on the lid it should make a clicking noise.

What is the purpose of clicker training?

When you train a new behavior, the clicker helps the dog to quickly identify the exact behavior that results in a treat. This technique is popular with dog trainers, but it could be used for a lot of domestic and wild animals.

How do you train a dog to walk on a leash with a clicker?

Here’s some simple steps you will train him BEFORE you do any walking with your pup: Put your pup’s leash on and just stand still. When your pup releases the tension on his leash, click and then show him the treat in your hand. Show him when you place his treat on the floor, try to build a routine, put it on the outside of your left foot.

Can I use a pen as a dog clicker?

A dog clicker is a small handheld device that when pressed makes a clicking sound. You can buy them online or at a pet shop. … A pen can also serve as a clicker, but only if it makes a sound that’s loud and clear enough. The idea behind clicker training your dog is quite simple, it’s correct actions or behaviour built around sounds.

Can you clicker train without treats?

Use the Clicker for Training only, Not Forever
In fact, there are studies now that suggest using a clicker without a reward (a click, but no treat) can cause your pup’s response to deteriorate pretty quickly. So the actions or behaviour must be conditioned enough to last for a lifetime, but Not Forever.

Does clicker training work for aggressive dogs?

In a nutshell, clicker training is so effective in treating aggressive cues because it is able to mark the correct behavior so precisely and so quick. Movements are too slow, but clicks can be fast enough!

Is Clicker Training classical conditioning?

Clicker training will initially employ classical conditioning, but it quickly becomes operant conditioning as soon as your pup intentionally repeats an action in order to earn his reward. … Clicker trained or operantly conditioned dogs normally try to learn new behaviors.

Do clickers hurt dogs ears?

Initially sound sensitive pups can be startled by the sound of the clicker, but once your pup realizes the click means a treat is coming, they will quickly get over the nervousness. IMPORTANT to never click near your dog’s ears as that can hurt!

Do you have to use a clicker forever?

Do you have to continue clicking and treating forever? No. Clicker training is used initially to teach new actions or behaviors. Once the behavior is learned, the clicker isn’t needed any more for that action / behavior, although praise and treats will always be appreciated by your pup.

Do dogs like the sound of a clicker?

Sometimes it can take too long to fumble in your treat bag to find the treat, but the click sound is instantaneous in marking a desired action or behavior. Clicker trained dogs are joyful learners in the sense that they are actually creative; they will offer behaviors like a hypothesis to see which one is eliciting the click they so desire.

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