Puppy clicker training is relatively new, but it's quickly become very popular - and with good reason. It's simple, fun and very effective.
This technique is based on the use of a small, hand-held 'noise-maker' called a clicker, which makes a sharp 'click' when you press a button, or a metal strip.
can 'clicker train' dogs of all ages.... and it works equally well to
to teach simple manners, basic or advanced obedience, and even fancy dog
You can 'shape' the behavior you want or curb unwanted behavior in a positive, reward-oriented way... and spend some 'bonding' time with your pet at the same time.
This method was first used to train Dolphins, and it works with many different types of animals including birds and horses.
When it comes to clicker dog training, the most important thing to get right is the timing of the 'click'. This is because the 'click' is immediately followed by a reward/treat and is designed to let little Fido know that he's done something that makes you happy!
At first, you will be 'clicking and treating' for any desirable behavior you see - such as when your puppy sits down, lays down quietly, comes to you when you call his name etc.
It's important that you only 'click' during the required behavior, not after it's completed.
For example if you're teaching the 'sit' command, click and treat the second your pup's butt begins to touch the floor, not when he's in a complete sit.
This is because you want to make it clear to him that the behavior he's engaging in right now, is what you're rewarding him for. Puppies learn by association and he needs to make the RIGHT association from the very beginning.
As you get more experienced with this training technique, you'll be able to use a vocal cue such as "sit" or "down", and then by 'clicking and rewarding' when your puppy follows your instructions you'll beef-up those cause-and-effect associations.
You'll surprised how quickly your pup understands what's happening and how eager he is to please you.
There are a few simple steps to follow to make sure that you get started off on the right foot - and paw.
Puppies are creatures of habit, and they're also like little sponges and learn very fast.
If they learn the 'wrong' thing first time around, or build a bad habit, it can be challenging to convince them that they need to do things a different way!
Luckily using a clicker isn't complicated, and if you follow the steps outlined here you won't have any problems getting it right.
To start your puppy clicker training off in the right way, you need to 'load' the clicker - this is how you teach your puppy that the 'click' means something good...a treat!
Load the clicker by 'clicking and treating' 10 - 12 times in quick succession without asking your puppy for any specific behavior.
Just click and treat! At this point the treats are 'freebies' and you're just aiming to have your pet associate the noise with a treat. End the session after a dozen or so click-and-treats.
You can teach your puppy all the basic obedience commands such as 'Sit', 'Down', 'Stay', 'Leave It' and so on.
The process is the same for each one, so let's take a look at the simplest (and usually the first) command, the 'Sit'........
Never use the clicker for anything except your puppy clicker training sessions, as using it as a toy or in any other situation will only confuse your little furchild.
Eventually (maybe after several weeks, or longer) you'll find your pup is very consistent and reliable in obeying your instructions. At that point you can start to treat intermittently rather than every time he does what you want. You'll still need to click every time though!
By only treating every second, or every third time you help prevent him from getting totally 'food focused' and keep him on his toes, as he never knows which time he'll get his reward!
Clicker training is really simple and your pup will 'get it' quickly. To help YOU 'get it', here's a short video that shows you how to apply the principles of this style of dog training.
You can use the puppy clicker training method to teach all kinds of dog obedience commands, behavior and tricks (including agility training). You can also use it to train other animals such as cats or birds.
Training your puppy should be a fun and rewarding experience for both of you, and puppy clicker training makes this possible. It's a great way to help build a strong and trusting relationship between you and your puppy.
With puppy clicker training you can raise the happiest, healthiest, best behaved dog you could ever hope for!