is very important to practice your timing first so watch the television
and decide that when a certain person says a particular word, you are
going to click. Timing is
most important so practice until you are confident.
you are happy with your timing, it’s time to
introduce your dog to the clicker.
We want the dog to be focused on the
clicker rather than the food so ensure the
treats are not in your pockets or in your lap.
Put them in a container of bag and let
your dog know they are available (let him sniff
the bag). Click
once and follow it up with a treat – after a
few repetitions, your dog will soon have got the
hang of this as he will be thinking “aha –
this is good, that click means food!”.
Each dog learns at a different pace so
don’t worry if your dog takes quite a few
clicks and treats.
important to vary the time between the click and
treat – not too long (just a few seconds) as
this teaches the dog that the clicker is
pinpointing the behaviour rather than the treat.
use your voice as the clicker is doing the work
– by adding your voice, you are adding an
element of confusion!
Ensure your dog is hungry before
commencing training and always stop before he
my dog is happy that a click means a treat –
how do I start?
are now looking to click and treat wanted
behaviour and the importance is that the click
arrives as the behaviour occurs not after
to keep the food off you, we don’t want him to
be focused on the food.
begin with, you will need to reinforce every
stage with a click and treat.
Your dog will soon work this one out
though so we then want to raise the stakes e.g.
click and treat every two repeats or three –
keep it random though – dogs are very quick to
pick up on a pattern!.
your dog is constantly rewarded for every stage
throughout training, he will quickly become
raising the stakes, we are keeping him
enthusiastic and he will work harder – he will
think you have missed the behaviour so he will
repeat it to get your attention – remember :
attempt to be noticed = Enthusiasm!
you see any deterioration in your dogs behaviour,
cut the repetitions in half and start again.
should get to a stage where the behaviour is
being constantly offered so then we need to
polish it e.g. click and treat only the longest
sit or the fastest sit.
Don’t try to go for two polishes at
once – just like you couldn’t polish two
ornaments at the time – neither can your dog!
Take one at a time.
a verbal command.
you are happy that your dog is responding
exactly to the behaviour you want, you can then
introduce the command.
Look for a 98% success rate before you
introduce the verbal command and only use the
Once you have introduced the command,
ignore offered behaviour (e.g. if he sits
So what have we learned – the three
tasks of clicker training :
VARY THE CLICK AND TREAT;
INTRODUCE THE COMMAND.