|How To Train Dogs Using Clicker|
Prepare Train with Clicker
1 Learn how to use it.
Clicker, which can be bought at the nearest pet store, is a small plastic tool with a button or a metal tongue. You will press it to generate a click sound. The key to using it is by pressing on the right moment, that is when the dog does the behavior you want. This click sound should then always be followed by some kind of gift (eg food, toys, verbal compliments).
Remember that a clicker is a sign of a gift coming soon, rather than being a gift in itself.
The dog will learn two main things with the clicker-that is the moment when he did something right, and that the snack will only always come after the click sound.
Clickers can be a much more accurate method than verbal commands (such as "nice" or "thank you") to communicate with dogs while training them. Thus, he will more quickly master things.
Think of a clicker as a winning alarm on a game show-it marks the moment when the right behavior or action is being executed.
2. Introduce the dog on the clicker.
Before using this tool for training purposes, teach dogs about its meaning. This is called "charging". ] When in the same room as the dog (as long as the room is quiet), hold the snack in one hand and clicker in the other. Press the clicker once. When the dog turns to the clicker's voice, immediately give a snack.
- Prepare lots of snacks, because you will train it many times.
- Repeat several times. Vary the time duration between the next snack before using the clicker to prevent the dog from anticipating when to get food.
- If the dog wants to sniff and try to steal the snack, close his hands and wait until he loses his interest before you go back to using the clicker.
3. Observe the dog response.
Some dogs may be sensitive to clicker sounds. When he escapes when hearing it, this means the sound may be too strong. To soften the sound, wrap a clicker with a towel. You can also use other clicking tools, such as a ballpoint pen, which results in a slower sound.
If the dog remains blurred, you may have to rely more on verbal commands to train it.
Training Dogs with Clicker
1. Choose a quiet location.
After the dog learns to expect something by clicker sound, you can use the tool to train it to perform various commands (eg sitting, down, silence). Train a dog in a quiet location free of interference from other people or things. If you have a fenced backyard, you can also train it outdoors.
As soon as the dog feels more comfortable with the clicker exercise, use the clicker in more noisy areas or have more interruptions (eg room with a flaming TV or dog park).
2. Ring the clicker when the dog is doing the good behavior.
One of the clicker training methods is "catching" - you should immediately click after the dog performs a good behavior by itself. For example, if he is in the room with you and decides to lie down to make himself more comfortable, click the sound as soon as he does it and throw the snack. When he wakes up to eat, wait until he lies back and repeats the process.
- The "catching" method works only when the dog knows how to do good behavior without being ordered.
- The clicker exercise will tell the dog that he has done the right thing. In this way, the dog will be encouraged to repeat the good behavior.
3. Use clicker on every small step for new behavior.
This is called "shaping" - by using a clicker and immediate reward for all small developments, you are forming your new behavior thoroughly. For example, if you want to train a dog to lie on a specific area, click and reward it as soon as it steers the body to the area. You can then press the clicker again and snack on every small step: as he begins walking into a new area, when he arrives at the area, when he starts to lie down, and after he lies completely on the floor.
- By using clickers and rewards at every small step, you will provide a continuous positive boost as he learns new behaviors. He will assume that the learning process is fun so as to continue to do the good behavior.
- You may have to train every step many times before moving on to the next step.
4. Dog fishing with food.
For this method, the snack will be used as a lure to allow the dog to perform the expected behavior. Food rods are usually used to teach dogs to lie down. For this behavior, hold the snack right in front of the dog's nose and lower it slowly to the floor. The dog will follow the movement of food. When his elbow touches the floor, immediately clicker and reward him with the snack.
- After the dog responds consistently to the rod, get rid of the food but keep the hands in front of his nose, as if you are still preparing a snack. When the dog lies down, immediately clicker and give the snack.
- In the end, the dog will learn to lie just by following the signal from the hands without the inducement of the snack.
- This method sometimes works faster than the "shaping" or "catching" method.
5. Add verbal commands.
Adding this remains useful, regardless of the clicker practice method you use. Say the command first, then wait for the dog to run the behavior you want. As soon as he does it, ring the clicker and give the gift of the snack.
- This verbal command should be short and direct, like "sit" or "down". Sentences such as "Be a good and quiet child" or "Roll over for mama" is too long.
- Make sure you make verbal commands before the dog takes action so that he learns to listen to you and responds.
- If you already use the "trick" method, give hand signals after saying verbal commands
- Keep the duration of the clicker exercise to keep it short (15 minutes or less).
- Consider a clicker exercise when a dog is hungry. If he is full, the dog may not be interested in the snack.
- When training with a clicker, use a soft little snack and can be quickly spent by the dog. You can buy it at the nearest pet store.
- Train a dog using a clicker when you're in a good mood. The training session will be more fun for both parties. When your mood is good, chances are the dog will respond appropriately to your positive energy.
- If you have trouble training a dog with a clicker, follow clicker training classes or have the dog be trained by a professional dog trainer. Talk to your veterinarian to learn more about these classes.