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Clicker Training!

Posted by gooddogdc on January 24, 2014 at 1:40 PM

Want to get started clicker training?  Clicker training is a simple, effective, fun way to train your dog!


Just click then give your dog a treat. Repeat this 5 to 10 times or until your dog perks up at the sound of the click. Once you've done the above and "charged" your clicker, you are ready to start using it!

 

Use the click to "mark" any behavior your like that your dog is doing. You want to click the exact instant your dog is doing the behavior. Follow each click with a tasty treat.

 

By catching your dog in the act of doing good things, your dog will start to do those good things more and more. For example, click and treat your dog for four on the floor when you come home to prevent jumping. Click and treat your dog for looking at you to teach attention. Click and treat your dog for setting on the floor by the couch to teach your dog not to beg when you eat on the couch.  Repetition is key here, so be sure to click and treat the behavior you like for several days to give your dog a chance to learn what you want!

 

Using the above capturing technique might surprise you! Through capturing, I've taught my dogs to "speak", "back up", "growl", and "spin" in addition to lots of everyday "good dog" skills.


There are lots of other ways to use the clicker, this is just one of them.  I hope some of you get to try it!  Happy training!


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