The great diver Greg Louganis, who won Olympic gold in 1984 and 1988 (and many other titles) strives for excellence in anything he does. Turns out that he’s a dog person as well. A Florida newspaper reported:
His life is now devoted to show dogs and performance training — for dogs and humans. Ironically, when Louganis works with young elite divers he uses a dog training clicker to help them with their breathing and timing. ‘With the click there is no emotion or yelling attached to it, but it gives information,’ Louganis said.
Point well made! I doubt that dogs are any more fond of being yelled at than we are. And I thought it was interesting that Louganis is using the clicker for timing, since that’s one of the main reasons I like clickers so much, that we can tell our dogs the exact moment that they do what we are training for.