Dog clicker training can be used by almost anyone to train their dogs. There are several reasons why it is an effective way of canine training. First, it is humane and saves both time and money, and it provides results. Second, it is quite fun to do. Third, and perhaps most importantly, it is effective and easy to learn.
What is clicker training?
Dog clicker training basically is using a small box with an electrical spring-like component that makes the loud sound “Clicker”, when the trigger is pressed. Also, it is a positive-based philosophy meaning that trainers who use this method do not wish to coerce or punish the dog for unwanted behavior. Instead, they use the dog’s natural behaviors to reward the ones they wish to reinforce.
How to clicker train your dog?
One way of dog clicker training involves having the dog sit calmly while you give them a treat. When the dog begins to sit, you click and then give the treat. This reinforces the sitting behavior, and soon the dog will begin to anticipate a treat every time you click, or give the treat.
Eventually this will become a routine, and the dog will sit each time you give the treat. At first this may take some practice, but over time it will become an automatic response to the clicking sound of the clicking device, and the dog will sit quietly while you give the treat.
Another form of dog clicker training involves encouraging the dog’s mobility and removing restrictions. To do this, set up obstacles such as short wood boards placed at various angles and distances from where the dog is standing.
You can add treats as well as praise when the dog approaches the obstacle and then complete it. The dog will learn to stay put when it hits an obstacle, and then move as soon as it is over.
This type of training works best when you have a large, powerful breed of dog, as some smaller breeds can be disoriented by long distances and heavy objects. It can also be quite difficult to motivate the mobility of large breeds.
Many people use dog clicker training to teach their dogs to go to the bathroom outside. If your dog goes potty in your house, and you want it to go outside, you need to get the dog used to being outside in small enclosed areas, where it will receive positive reinforcement for going on the toilet.
Once the dog has been exposed to these types of positive reinforcement, it will start to associate going to the bathroom outside with receiving a treat, and will eventually be expected to go.
Another popular clicker training technique is to use the sound of a dog’s vocalization to get the dog to do what you want. In order to accomplish this, you should find a spot on your property where you can hide a small radio, or white noise machine, and set it up so that every time your dog barks, the sound of the machine will play.
You can also use a bell, although it is more common for people to use clicks instead of bells. No matter what sound you use, be sure to use patience and repetition in order to make the dog associate a command with the sound of his bark.
The Effects of Operant Conditioning
One of the most important things to know about operant conditioning is that dogs are easily affected by negative stimuli. Negative stimuli, or anything that does not meet a dog’s expectations, will usually result in a correction that is worse than what you had originally wanted to give him.
Therefore, be careful when applying operant conditioning with your dog; it must be done properly and consistently in order to actually train the dog for obedience. It will probably take a long while before your dog really understands what you are trying to teach him, but the important thing to remember is that with constant correction, he will learn to view your commands as a positive thing.
Clicker training is the most effective of all dog clicker methods. Clicker training involves a device that makes a clicking noise when the button is pressed.
Many dog trainers choose the “whistle” clicker because it is easier to handle and doesn’t require much training for the dog trainers. Clicker training treats are placed at varying distances from the dog clicker and they are given in response to the dog’s performance.
Positive treats are placed in front of the dog clicker and they will provide him with pleasure if he obeys your commands. Be sure to use a treat only as a positive reinforcement; you don’t want your dog to start fearing the clicking sound.