In any dog training, you want the communication with the dog to be clear. What is it that you want him to do? His response typically consists of him doing what you are training for, offering another behavior you have previously trained for, getting distracted, or being confused. Clicker training makes it more likely he will get it.
What you want to do in your communication with him is to let him know when he does exactly what you want him to. This is where the clicker is so great. It’s a sharp distinct sound and when you click at the exact moment that your dog’s body contacts the ground if you are teaching the down, then the dog knows what you want.
(Well, the dog knows what you want once he understands what the clicker means.)
So you need to learn how to click at the exact moment. For some people, it’s easier than others. If you have good hand-eye coordination you are ahead of the rest of us. I don’t, so I have practiced without a dog to get better. Believe me, if I can do it, you certainly can! …
How watching TV can make you better at clicker training
You can also practice using your clicker with a television and a remote. I like to use the mute signal because it is almost instantaneous, and I tell the people in the ads “Quiet!” For starters, if there happens to be an ad that you are familiar with, then you can choose to click when certain things happen. Another time I like to practice is when watching tennis or other sports, where I can pretty much predict how people will move their bodies.
Whatever television shows and ads you watch, I’m sure you can come up with some creative ways to practice hitting the clicker right when you want to. Do be sure the dog isn’t going to hear you, though. You want him to think of the clicker as something you do with him.