I have been clicker training my Mi-Ki and she is doing very well. I bought the quiet clicker. Well the mouse on my pc has almost the same sound. Guess what? Every time I'm on the computer, she jumps in my lap giving kisses and looking for the treet to follow. Dumb me it took a while before I figured out the connection.
i am working on clicke training too....havent had that problem though!!! maybe keep a bowl of kibble close by and giver her that? if its kibble it wont be spoining her dinner...
what are you working on? we just started last week. so far, it's charging the clicker, hand tracking, and eye contact. my girl, who i long thought was the smarter, has proved me wrong. she has no interest in working for anything at all. she's sticking with NILIF- "HEY MOM i'm sitting pass that treat here" and my boy, who i thought was, um, slow, has gaught on like a pro. he hears me pick the clicker up and he zooms from the other room to me. he's only 11" tall but he'll track my hand anywhere- leaps all over to get it!!!!
I just started clicker training Sox, and it took her a few days to not be scared of the clicker. I think it still startles her sometimes. I was really worried that I wasn't going to be able to use it with her, but she seems to be getting better and is starting to understand what is going on.
LOL @ the mouse clicking. Poor puppy. I was thinking of enrolling Cookie in the clicker class @ petsmart after puppy head starts ends....i think it would be cute to see her play dead and roll over and all that cute stuff with just a tiny clicker. :)
I think I'll have the same problem with the computer though, Cookie likes to sit near me or on my lap as I type. I can just picture her hopping around and rolling over with the other clicks. :)
tosa, you have the right idea. the clicker is a marker, used to mark the precise second the dog does a desireable thing. make eye contact, sit, whatever. first you charge the clicker, which means click then treat, for nothing. so they know the clikc means good job and a reward os coming. my understanding is that you ignore bad behavior and try to replace it with a desireable one. like try to replace crazy barking at the trashmen with a patient sit, and even if only for a second, then you click adn treat as reward.
Right now I'm working on Heel. She already knows, down , sit, stay ,eye contact and stack. She gets so excited when the leash goes on she just wants to check every thing out and runs to the end of the lead. The correction I use is just to freeze untill she gives me eye contact, then start over. It's been lots of fun for both of us.
Thanks! Yours too! I've found clicker training to be the most rewarding and fun positive way to train I've ever heard of! I just love it! I think the dogs respond so well when its fun and not just drilling. She's funny she'll try to anticipate a command before I give it. If I'm sitting at the computer she'll come and put her head in my lap because I practice down a lot when I'm sitting at the computer.
i have been so proud of Coach so far. he can sit, stay (not for too long yet), leave it (80%) of the time, lay down and come. he does that without the clicker. where i think it will work is during the walks. i think it would be really good to prevent him from pulling. he is ging to be reallllllllly big, so i want to keep my shoulder in its socket. i read that someone mentioned using it to heel. can you tell me how your doing it? please?
Clicker is quicker!! I taught my dog Bella, who is fearful of approaching strangers and would try to tell them good ol' dog terms " stop, you scare me" to have a more appropriate responce like " sit and check in with Mom". She's so cute! No more fearful reactions! Thank goodness!! HeHeHe
Its the same idea as everything else. First you show him what you want. I hold a treat in my hand on the side that I want the dog to heel on. It has to be something really good, and start in a quiet area with not too many distractions. They start nuzzling your hand almost immediately when they know that the treat is there. Then I give the command. I say "let's go" and start walking. The dog follows the treat. As soon as he's doing the behavior, click and give the treat. Take a few steps at a time and gradually increase. Be sure you're confident in your walk and don't run into low tree limbs (like I did today...ouch...dog thought I was so dumb, lol!) Anyway, they will follow the treat. If they start to forge take an about turn, not harshly, just enough to get the dogs attention and say watch, watch, watch in a high pitched tone so its an encouraging sound. You may have to tap the side of your leg to show him again where he needs to be. When you do this you don't want to pull or drag the dog, just turn and walk the other direction very confidently and if you have that treat still in your hand he will most likely follow very easily. As soon as he's next you heeling again click and give the treat. Be sure that you don't do too much at once. Break it up with lots of praise and play. I was lucky with my dog. She is a natural when it comes to healing, but then again, she has been dealing with a leg injury. She knows what it means though. She will also go into an automatic sit when I stop. Good luck with your big boy! I've found lots of positive encouragement and repetitiveness helps. The more you repeat the more they learn and the more fun it is, the more eager they are to learn.
***Edited By: gingerspice on 5/9/2005 10:51:15 PM*** Reason: ...
I forgot to mention you may want to actually have several treats in your hand as you'll want to click and treat throughout the process. It takes some coordination, but you'll eventually get your system down. I hold the clicker in my right hand and the leash in my left with the treats. The dog heels on my left side. This is what's comfortable for me, but you may come up with a way that's easier for you. Also remember to keep a loose lead as a dog can't learn to properly heel if they're on a tight lead.
***Edited By: gingerspice on 5/9/2005 10:54:43 PM*** Reason: edit
Thanks! I learned the technique from one of my very close friends who is a professional dog trainer. She went to school at a place called Triple Crown Academy. Its located in Huto, TX. They teach all sorts of different methods of training. I've fallen in love with clicker training. And so has my dog!