The 4 Fundamental Rules of Clicker Training for Dogs

It has been scientifically proven that when used correctly, a clicker is one of the fastest methods of training animals.  Today we will look at some of the fundamentals you need to understand when training your dog with a clicker.

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Oh so delicious, positive reinforcement.

Using a clicker helps to identify the correct behaviour for your dog. By marking the exact action for your pooch and rewarding with a tasty with treat your dog will quickly begin to understand what exactly it is you want from him and associate it with a tasty treat.

Attitude is everything

It is important to recognise when your dog is in a learning state. Simply put this is when his attention is on you, he is relaxed and happy. If your dog is hyperactive or simply disinterested and is not the time for a training session. Try working off the excess energy with a walk or a game before attempting a training session.

Keep it short and sweet

It is important to take a structured approach to training sessions. You need to have a clear goal of what you expect, what behaviour you will reward and what you wish to accomplish. Training sessions should be quite short, around 5-10 minutes to ensure your dogs attention doesn’t wander as this will weaken your commands. Shorter sessions, regularly are more effective than spending a whole day teaching Jess 12 commands.I guarantee she’ll find something more interesting. Try including informal training into games and everyday activities. Try improve your next walk by playing these games.

Pick the right space

It is important to start training new commands in a space that has no distractions. As I mentioned earlier, keeping your dog’s attention is critical to success. Slowly graduate to more distracting environments to help your dog transition to the real world. You want to remain at the center of their attention no matter where you are.

Have you tried clicker training with your dog? How did it go? Let us know what worked you below.

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