Have you found that teaching your pooch is hard work, and that he or she rarely responds to voice commands, or takes a long time to pick things up? Then clicker training could prove to be a more helpful way of training your pet. Clicker training has many benefits, in particular, that it takes away any ambiguity seen in voice commands. As a click is much quicker than a voice command, it explains to your four-legged friend the exact time at which they’ve gotten behavior right, explaining in crystal clarity what behavior your pooch is receiving the reward for. This builds a much better relationship between man and pooch, as both of you will have a better understanding of what you want from each other.
As well as the main benefit of having better clarity with regards to what you want from your pooch, clicker training also allows more repetitions of your pooch’s behavior without him losing motivation. As this is a reward-based form of training, sessions will last longer, as your dog will lose less interest than those forms of training that are not reward-based. It should not be difficult to clicker train your dog, but as with all new tricks a few training sessions taking 1-2 weeks will be required and it would be best to begin clicker training with a basic trick such as ‘sit’. This trick is suitable for both adult dogs and puppies, although the earlier start the better.
First things first, to clicker train your pooch, you’ll need a clicker. These are easily purchased from pet stores or online. Treats or toys will also be required, as you’ll be rewarding, praising and treating to accompany the clicks. As clicker training is, in a way, a form of conditioning, you’ll need a distraction-free environment to clicker train your pooch. Even when Pavlov was feeding his dogs in his infamous experiment, he had to replace the feeding assistants with automatic feeders, as the dogs were getting too distracted. Therefore, a distraction-free zone is necessary. Now let’s teach you how to train your pup to get used to that clicker.