Clicker training is a form of positive reinforcement and one of the most "pawpular" methods for teaching obedience. This approach utilizes a training technique called positive association. When the clicker is used consistently alongside rewards, your dog will eventually associate the sound with a reward — in this case, a tasty treat. Technically, you don't need a clicker device for this process, but you may find using a handheld device is easier than using a verbal cue.
Clicker training is a method of labeling desired actions (such as "stay") with the click sound. Over time, your dog will associate the click with receiving a reward. In the case of "stay," you'll want to make sure the dog understands that they'll earn a reward if they don't move. Ideally, your dog should already know how to sit on command before you introduce the clicker to teach stay.
However, it's important not to throw too much information at your pal in one go, especially in the beginning. The first step is to get your dog to stay for just a few seconds. As you progress through your training, you can up the ante and add a bit of distance between you and your dog.
Teaching "stay" requires patience, repetition, and consistency. As always, several short training sessions a day are better than one long one. You can incorporate '"stay" training into everyday activities, like putting your pal's collar on for a walk or having them sit and stay before putting their food bowl down.
You need very little basic equipment to teach "stay" with a clicker. If you don't have a clicker device, you can use a retractable pen to make a clicking noise, or even make a clicking noise with your tongue. Verbal cues also work, although if your tone of voice and cues aren't consistent every time, it's best to use a device. Here's what you'll need to train your dog to stay with a clicker:
My dog will bark at the neighbours dogs aggressively and it’s hard to get his attention to stop. Any advice?
Hello, has Frank had a chance to meet the other dog on neutral ground? If your neighbor is willing, take them on walks together, keeping them separated. Eventually bring them closer together as described in the Walking Together Method described here: https://wagwalking.com/training/greet-other-dogs. Soon, the two may become fast friends. It is a good idea as well to work on teaching Frank to stop barking on command. The Quiet Method is very effective and can be used in a lot of situations that you'll encounter with Frank. Take a look here at the Quiet Method, which is highly effective: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bark. The Desensitize Method can be adapted to the yard as well, to work on Frank's barking. I'd like to suggest obedience classes, too. Allowing Frank to meet and learn how to deal with dogs of all types and sizes will go a long way to how he reacts with dogs he meets. He'll learn commands to keep him safe, and he'll also learn to listen to you. That will come in handy when teaching the Quiet command. Happy training!
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