Training and Care — Tip Of The Week
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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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