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Scott Lebo

This is my Aussie Sidney. He is almost 9 years old. You can't tell from the photo but he limps when he walks. Last Labor Day he was running through the yard, squealed and fell with his hind quarters paralyzed. I took him to my vet who referred me to the vet clinic in Pittsburgh. He had an FCE (fibrocartilidgean embolism) in his spine, similar to a stroke in humans. Apparently these are common though I had never heard of it but I try to spread the word not to give up on your dogs if they have one too because they can recover. He came home with a catheter bag and didn't stand or walk for over two weeks. He does stumble and trip and our 6 mile daily walks are now more like 3 miles, but he is still one happy boy and worth every penny!

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Tips on Clicker Training

While you don’t need it for teaching most of the basic commands we’ve covered so far, clickers are very useful for teaching tricks that involve advanced movements. The more your dog has to move to perform a trick and the more unnatural the movement is, the more you’ll find having a clicker helps.

The clicker works exactly the same way as your marker word. Clickers can be bought from most pet shops. Because the clicking sound is short and sharp, it’s very exact in marking behaviors. This gets rid of any confusion in your dog’s mind about the move she’s being rewarded for.

You don’t absolutely need a clicker for this chapter – you can still use your marker word. Clickers are just more precise, which can speed up the learning process for your dog.

Conditioning the Clicker

Before you start using the clicker, you need to condition it in the exact same way you conditioned the marker word. This is simply a matter of clicking, then giving your dog a treat straight away, over and over again. Do this until your dog understands that the click means a treat is coming.

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Let's examine the dog mind: Every time you come home, he thinks it's amazing. He can't believe that you've accomplished this again. You walk in the door. The joy of it almost kills him. "He's back again! It's that guy! It's that guy!"

~ Jerry Seinfeld




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