Using the Clicker for Two Dogs | Karen Pryor Clicker Training
TEACHING CLICKER CLASSES - INSTRUCTOR'S GUIDE TO USING REINFORCEMENT IN DOG TRAINING by Deb Jones (See other books by author).
Works very well! Straightforward. Three clicker types, which can be adjusted by volume on your device. Training tips are very helpful. I read a review that someone was successfully using the app to train their cat. I wondered about that myself. Will give it a try for my cats as well as my two dogs.
Once you’ve built your mechanical skills, “charge the clicker.” Grab some small, . Press the clicker button (avoid clicking near your dog’s ears), then give your dog a treat. Start with 15 treats, and do three separate sessions of 15 treats your first day. Then, when your dog is relaxing across the room from you, click. Does your dog look at you, ears perked, coming to receive his treat? If so, the clicker is charged and you can begin using it for training. If not, charge the clicker for a few more short sessions.
clicker training shapes a dog's behavior using positive reinforcement
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It is training using almost entirely positive reinforcement - teaching your dog to learn... using no physical compulsion or corrections whatsoever. Sounds a bit unbelievable, but works incredibly well. Instead of yanking dogs around, shoving them into place, giving some praise, and hoping the dog will make the connection, dogs are taught using the scientific methods of classical & operant conditioning. Anyone questioning how reliable a dog taught this way can be should take a trip to Sea World. There, the Orcas, dolphins, etc., are taught using these same methods. After all... you can't slip a choke chain around a whale's neck & give a jerk! And yet, these lovely creatures perform flawlessly for audience after audience. And have a blast doing it. The whole enjoyment feature is what really turned me on to positive training. I love my dogs, and although I want them to be responsive to me I dislike hurting them! With clicker training I don't have to. This training works for every dog, from bold to timid, from tiny to giant. This is the type of training used for most (all?) animals trained for movie & TV work, too. When changing your pet’s behavior using clicker training, you must concentrate on rewarding the desired and ignoring the undesired. For instance, if you’re dog is barking a lot you could use the clicker to establish a connection between long periods of silence and rewards.I believe that the simple task of articulating a vision of your life with your dog is among the first, most important step you can take to incorporating a dog into your life. Write down a description of what you envision; set some goals. Don't worry that they may be incomplete, just start writing and see where it take you. It could be as simple as " I want to take my dog with me to Starbucks." Seemingly simple goals like these cross the threshold from wanting simple obedience to "something more" because they involve teaching your dog life skills.
You should train using the methods that best meet your goals. If your goals go beyond merely having your dog "obey commands," then clicker training is right for you and right for your dog.Yes. First widely used by dolphin trainers who needed a way to teach behavior without using physical force, operant conditioning (the scientific term for clicker training) can be and has been successfully employed with animals of all sizes and species, both domesticated and wild, young and old; all breeds of dogs and puppies, cats, birds, leopards, rats, rabbits, chinchillas, fish, and more.