hello guys just training chubbs using a clicker. bought it yesterday and already he knows one click is to come to me, and 2 clicks is to sit. he is doing great. just wondered how i go on from here to progress. do i just keep doing more clicks for another command. example. 3 clicks for down??? then 4 clicks for another command? hope this makes sense wot im trying to ask? cheers for any help i know some of you guys use the clicker training method, so im here to pick ya brains cheers
The clicker is suppose to be the reward not to indicate a specific command. For example, in teaching a dog to sit you may lead him into it with a treat and then once his butt hits the ground you click and treat. You must first teach the dog to associate the click with a reward such as treat. Once that is established the dog will understand that when he hears the click a reward of some type will follow or the click is the reward itself.
Here is the chain of events. 1) ask the dog to sit 2) when his butt hits the floor you click and then treat
First make sure the dog understands what the click means by just clicking it and treating the dog several times in succession.
Clickers work great for agility. Because the click is sort of the treat you can click from a distance and the dog will understand they are doing the right thing to please you. You don't have to be right on top of them to treat them.
lol exactly!! My trainer said she tried a clicker once and went nuts because she couldn't keep everything straight so she threw it out lol. I am clumsy enough without something in my hand. Besides, Riley LOVES to hear "good boy" so it works just as well.
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i hear wot you guys are saying about not using a clicker . i just thought i would give it a bash, he starts puppy training classes in a few weeks, so maybe once he is there, the clicker might prove to be worthless. but no harm in trying. think sometimes i get over worried with chubbs growing into such a big fella, that he wont do as he is told. do these clickers work on training men you reackon? he he
I always hated it. Tried it briefly in basic ob, and again in beginner agility. Put it away, forgot about it. Found most reward markers were too over used though to be as effective as a clicker, and people aren't necessarily perfectly consistent..
Picked it back up to teach heel, and after some years of already training, it went smoother this time. Also retaught the weave poled faster with it after struggling to lure for months. With some practice you feel less clumsy about it. I try to usually hold clicker and a treat and nothing else.
i too find it somewhat clumsy to hold when you are holding a leash, treat and the clicker. though they make wrist things to hold the clicker and you just wear the clicker like a bracelet and that takes away some of the clumsiness.
i must say scout loves that clicker. i was able to teach her quite a bunch of stuff using one. a high pitched anything doesnt work for her at all. its been a long while, like a year or more, since we have done any work with it, but when a co worker was using it while training her dog, scout heard that click noise and went running right for her expecting to get a treat LOL.
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emmalou, you have to use what works best for you and your dog. The only way to find that out is by trial and error. As you can see there are as many ways to do something as there are people. Oh and Scout, I have one of those bracelets....helped to keep the thing in my hand but sure didn't improve my timing. That's the other thing I always wondered about...if you have a class full of dogs..how does my dog know which clicker is for them?
Generally spread the class out, not have a huge number of dogs, dog has to be paying attention, they figure out the difference, if they are busy with you they won't be reacting to other people's clickers.