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I’m sure you’d like to have a really well-trained dog, and would like to know how to use clicker training to make that job easy for you. This video will help you with that!
Every dog-owner desires a well-behaved dog. Even if you’ve tried to train your dog in the past and maybe haven’t been as successful as you’d like, don’t worry, it’s not your fault. With all the incorrect and incomplete information out there, it’s understandable. It really IS possible to train your dog as well as you would like, and this video gives you a great way to start towards a well-behaved dog.
The clicker-training method is simple and effective, and has been a genuine revolution in dog training in recent times.
It was first used in training marine mammals (maybe because they naturally make clicking sounds!), and was so effective that it was rapidly taken up by dog trainers too.
One major advantage of clicker training is that that, compared to almost any other method, clicker training gives much quicker feedback on what the dog is doing. Imagine that your dog has just done something you wanted it to do, but is a few yards away from you. It takes some time to run over there and pat the dog, or even to give some verbal praise.
Using a clicker, the feedback to the dog is immediate which makes it far easier for the dog to rapidly learn exactly what you want it to do. That is, after all, how training works!
Additionally, the sound of the clicker sound doesn’t change according to your mood. This is really important, as it makes training the dog very much quicker and easier, instead of confusing it by giving it the same command in many different tones of voice as your mood changes naturally.
How you implement clicker training is you first buy the clicker. Most pet stores will have them these days, or you could find a children’s toy which produces suitable clicks.
Then with your dog, make a click and straight-away give him a treat and give him praise at the same time.
Repeat this often, so the dog associates the click with the reward. Once this association has developed, the click can be used on it’s own, usually without the treat.
The click takes the meaning of “correct” for the dog, so every time you click, the dog knows it’s done what you wanted, at exactly the time of the click. So that’s how clicker training works.
This method can really help you train your dog more rapidly and effectively. Why not give it a try!
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