Clicker training is a classic, proven method for training many dogs. Like any training, it takes consistency and patience, but it comes highly recommended by many trainers and vets. If you are ready to train your dog with a clicker, then here are some basics of clicker training for your dog to get you started.
When you push the little clicker’s button, it makes a clicking sound. You want your dog to associate this with good things, like rewards. That association is what motivates your dog to perform well later. Eventually, he may even perform well without the clicker at all.
Time and Interaction
Timing is very, very important. You want the click to happen during the positive behavior. This is true reinforcement. If you click at the wrong time, your dog could become confused about what the click is supposed to mean, or associate it with the wrong thing.
Start by interacting with your dog. When your dog does something good, click, and then offer a treat. Start will simple things, like sitting. If your dog has a habit of jumping up, as soon as he goes back down, click, and then give a treat. If your dog already responds somewhat well to a simple command, you can use that as a starting point. Once he realizes that the click means something he has done is good, it will be that much easier for him to learn something else good.
You don’t have to rely on the clicks alone. Your dog knows your behavior, too. So, when you ask your dog to do something, let your body express it, too. When you want your dog to sit, try sitting down, as well. Or, make a motion with your hand, like pointing. The more cues you have for your dog, the easier it will be for him to learn.
Training is good for any dog. If you’re having behavioral problems, try training, and make sure to bring your dog to us at Pet Vet Hospitals to make sure everything is fine with his health.