To avoid paying the high prices charged by dog training schools, use a home-based dog training course to train your dog. Clicker training has become extremely popular in recent years and is considered the most effective and humane way to eliminate canine behavior problems and shape desired behavior. The methodology behind this training technique is based on behavioral science and the training allows humans to interact and clearly communicate with dogs.
Tip 1: Realize that there are no harsh corrections or violent behavior involved in clicker training. This training method is positive and reward-based. Positive reinforcement, repetition, consistency, and cooperation are primary aspects of clicker training.
Tip 2: Understanding the clicker. A clicker is a plastic device that features a metal strip. When the clicker button is pressed, the strip makes a quick, clear sound. During the training, it is used to note the desired behavior and provide feedback. Realize that this device is not a magic wand. It does not train the dog but serves as a marker of what is desired. The core principle relies on the proven theory that canine behavior that is rewarded or reinforced is more likely to be repeated, while behaviors that are not reinforced are less likely to reoccur.
Tip 3: Dogs learn based on the immediate consequences of their actions. If the trainer offers and controls the consequences, he or she controls the behavior of the canine. Consequences are controlled through immediate feedback. Positive reinforcement is one type of this feedback and involves adding something to increase or strengthen the occurrence of a desired behavior. Extinction feedback involves ceasing to reinforce a behavior so it will go away.
Tip 4: Trainers should focus on one behavior (sit, down, roll over, etc.) at a time and use the clicker to pinpoint when the desired behavior occurs. In addition to marking the event, the clicker provides instantaneous positive feedback to the dog, which is what the animal requires in order to learn. The dog quickly learns that the clicking sound is a positive thing, a reward or praise is forthcoming, and the task is completed.
The behavior should be practiced in different environments and its duration and the amount of distractions should be increased. It should also be cued with a visual or verbal signal and rewarded with praise, playtime, or treats. Once the desired behavior is exhibited in the correct way in all situations, the clicker and reward can be phased out and the dog can move on to learn a new behavior.