are many ways of dog training, in our experience I have found clicker
training to be the best by far!
It's quick, effective and fun and that's what training should be.
What is clicker training?
training is a hands off, positive reinforcement method of training.
clicker is a “conditioned reinforcer” – this uses a particular sound
to become significant to the dog as it conditions the dog to associate the
sound with a reward.
clicker falls into something called Classical Conditioning.
Many of us have heard the phrase “Pavlov’s Dogs” but how does
this relate to clicker training?
conducted experiments with dogs as he discovered when food was produced,
the dogs would salivate. He
then progressed this onto sounding a bell just before the food was
produced and the dogs then began to salivate when they heard the bell in
anticipation of the food.
bell (like the clicker) is a conditioned reinforcer where the food is a
can use anything as a conditioned reinforcer but something with a
consistent sound is the most efficient.
This is where the clicker is so effective – it makes a
distinctive double click sound, quite unlike anything else.
This makes it a superb, non-confusing training aid for your dog.
clicker is just a small rectangular plastic box fitted with a piece of
metal that when pressed, makes the double click sound. You can use words (e.g. “Yes”) but it is hard to use the
same tone of voice, especially if family members are involved in training