Clicker training is becoming more popular all the time. And why not? It gives you a language of communicating with the dog. When you make a sound with a small device in your hand called a clicker, the dog soon learns that right when you do it, he is doing something that you want him to and are about to reward him for. Dogs enjoy clicker training!
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Once, a neighbor of mine had a new puppy. I had been singing the praises of dog clicker training and offered to show her a few things. I hadn’t actually used clicker training much for over two years. I was in the bathroom, digging around in a box of dog supplies. I found an old clicker and clicked it… Immediately I heard a thundering overhead as both of the dogs I had then charged downstairs from my office, dashed to the bathroom door, and sat, looking eagerly at me! Dog clicker training isn’t forgotten! This incident is also a great reminder that dogs generally have excellent hearing. Of course, there are deaf dogs, and they can be clicker trained using a flashlight.
Recently I clicker trained my six-year-old Rottweiler to watch me, that is, to make and hold eye contact with me. As you may have heard, many dogs don’t like to do this, but once I clicked and treated for it …Continue reading →
A friend of mine, Jessica Brewer, has been fostering a Pit Bull mix puppy who is 8 months old now. She brought him over to our house for a play date with our Rottie Lola a few weeks ago. He …Continue reading →
Every year the Association of Pet Dog Trainers recognizes trainers who are doing outstanding work in communication positive dog training skills. For 2012, the Dr. Robert Curran NewTrix Video Award went to Mary McNeight, CPDT-KA, CCS, BGS. She made this …Continue reading →
Dogs often learn very quickly when you use a clicker, because they are being shown when they do what you want, rather than being punished or scolded when they do things you don’t want! My dog training tip for today …Continue reading →
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 …Continue reading →
Dog clicker training… is so much fun for both dogs and people that the training part just slips in! Dog clicker training… gets the dog to figure out what you want, making it an enjoyable game. This wonderful, cruelty-free method …Continue reading →
Clicker training for dogs can be done in many different ways and for many different purposes. If you are learning clicker training on your own, I think DVDs or videos may be better for giving you the all-important sense of …Continue reading →
begins with a very sturdy dog clicker which fits easily into your hand. It makes quite a loud click, especially good for working at a distance — if it is a bit too loud for your taste, you can muffle …Continue reading →
Want to get better at dog clicker training? Here’s a way that you probably would not have thought up: learn to clicker train chickens! Long-time dog trainer Terry Ryan is one of several trainers who have taught workshops on clicker …Continue reading →
I’m a big fan of crate training, but not for all dogs. That link takes you to a long page I wrote about crate training, how to do it, and when not to. But I don’t talk about clicker training …Continue reading →
What do you do if you have clicker trained your dog but then you are out together somewhere and have forgotten your clicker? I’ve heard this question from people who haven’t started clicker training, as they are thinking through whether …Continue reading →
I was pleased to discover this ebook on clicker training….you can download it instantly after purchase and be reading it within a few minutes, no matter where you live, it can have links embedded in the text, and it’s way …Continue reading →
One evening recently, my husband and I happened to watch a BBC documentary on dogs detecting cancer. The program described some small studies and some experiences of dog owners. Most interesting to me was that clicker training was used to …Continue reading →
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 …Continue reading →
Because clicker sessions can be five minutes or even less, you can work them into your daily life.
I’m not saying that they have to be that brief, but they can be. So this means you can find ways to work them into your schedule. (Even if the only predictable thing in your life is the unpredictable, you can still… CLICK THE TITLE TO READ MORE.
“Clicking is like making a bargain,” she has said. It’s a language that crosses the barriers between species. Clicker training is based on well-researched principles of how animals learn, and it puts the focus on what the dog is doing… CLICK THE TITLE TO READ MORE.
Thirty years ago, nobody was clicker training their dogs, even though marine mammal trainer Karen Pryor had already written a book called Don’t Shoot the Dog. I remember reading it back in the 80s when my husband and I were …Continue reading →
In a website on dog training, what am I doing talking about cats, even if it is clicker training cats? Here’s a video on clicker training a cat: Here are a couple of reasons to clicker train cats: Many …Continue reading →
If you’ve been clicker training your puppy or dog, there will be times when you don’t have a clicker handy. How do you handle the training then? Well, this has come up quite a bit for me with the last …Continue reading →
By Gloria J. White, used with her permission. Before you begin your training, it is important to establish a “cue” to let your pet know that what it is doing is the appropriate behavior. You may decide to use a …Continue reading →
Gloria White is a dog trainer who gave me permission to use this email here on the site. It’s a great example of the power of the clicker! Just read your note about the clicker and how to transition to …Continue reading →
Ohio dog trainer Gloria White compares the clicker to a camera. Why? “You click to ‘take a picture’ of the appropriate behavior,” she says. In other words, both clicker and camera are used to capture a moment. With the camera, …Continue reading →
Our older dog, LarryDog, has been a bit jealous of all the attention that Lola’s been getting. So spontaneously this afternoon, I did some clicker training for both of them together. (“Spontaneously” means that I actually had something else entirely …Continue reading →
Aug. 15, 2007 — We’ve had Lola, our six month old Rottweiler rescue puppy, for less than a week now, and she and I are already well into clicker training. I’ve decided to do something a little different to begin …Continue reading →
Clicker training puppies can start with a puppy that is just a few weeks old. Sometimes people think that they should start training at the age of six months! To me, that’s a ripe old age when it comes to …Continue reading →