December 1

Clicker Training Your Dog With Four Easy Steps



Clicker training consist of several basics including positive reinforcement, clicker conditioning, often called charging the clicker, accurate timing and marking and repeating. It's by means of these principles that one could quickly start teaching your dog with a clicker with excellent results.

Positive reinforcement signifies that you're treating your canine once they perform a behavior or motion you want them to execute. This is different than luring or bribing your puppy to execute a certain action. Using positive reinforcement with clicker training, we're really enabling the dog to execute the action independently, and then click and evaluating them when they do it properly. Positive reinforcement is quicker and less complicated than correction based training where we are trying to cease the dog from doing something, like leaping or nipping. An instance of positive reinforcement could be when a puppy sits down independently when we are training a "sit" order and we encourage them for that action.

Clicker charging is the method of teaching your dog or puppy the sound of clicker and that a reward will be given at the sound of the click. The first few training sessions may require you to charge the clicker, but after the third or fourth session it may not be necessary. To charge the clicker you simply click the clicker and then give a treat to the dog. Do this 10-15 times until the clicking sounds triggers your dog to look for the treat. Once the dog understands that the sound of the clicker "marks" when they will receive a treat the training can begin.

Proper timing is vital with clicker training. In order to connect in positive reinforcement while using clicker, we'd like to time the click, or "mark" the behavior. For instance, when teaching the "sit" command we may click the minute the canine is sorted. This resembles the minute their butt touches the floor, you click. This "marks" the behavior and you would then instantly treat. If you ever click a moment or two later the canine might not know what they did. Should you treat and then click, you will be reinforcing the inappropriate behavior. So, the right time is every thing. Again, in this instance, we're allowing the puppy to sit automatically, then we're marking the actions with a click and then treating.

Repetition and ongoing instruction will allow you to clicker train your dog with more achievement. This permits your canine to easily recognize and begin learning by themselves exactly what conduct you want them to execute. You can then begin mixing behaviors. For instance, you may start training a sit behavior. After mastering the sit order, you may move on to the "lay down" order going from a sit. You can then command the puppy to sit, then lay down and click.

Once you grasp these 4 main ideas of clicker training it is easier to start to show other types of behaviors. More complicated behaviors could be bundled together and the use of target training can be introduced to permit your puppy to concentrate on certain items or positioning to develop a behavior. These four concepts in addition to 4 secrets that every owner should know can be located at the website.


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Source by Jeff Czyzewski

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