Clicker Train Your Own Assistance DogBarbara Handelman

A dog that has previously been trained by a non-clicker method and is now being clicker trained.
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This is a great game for a shy/timid dog. I've just had Little Freddi, my 3 year old female Papillon, about 4 months. She's very timid/shy/scared of objects (I think she may have some prior "issues" with being scolded or something, plus was probably trained not to mess with things unless told to do so). I started the box game with her yesterday (even though we're both new to this ""). At first she wouldn't go near the box...tonight (our third box session) she hit the "cheese " with one foot firmly planted in the box! I'm so proud of her! I can see the confidence growing in her! Plus it's a great way to reinforce that "click = treat!" I saw that process happening in her head, too. And, she did some other "behaviours" that I was able to "capture."
So, "Who started clicker training for dogs?"
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Let’s discuss the pros and cons or benefits and limitations of Clicker Training. Although the clicker training concept is by far the best animal training concept available, still there are some limitations to it, just as with anything. There are many explanations worldwide on how to use a clicker; some dog trainers use it differently than others. That alone is confusing and in some way misleading. In most cases it is not the clicker; it is the concept behind it; the human factor that causes the confusion. Clicker Training: A Dog’s Point of View -
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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. Clicker training can be used to teach your dog (or just about any animal) regular pet obedience type behaviors (such as loose-leash walking) as well as more advanced competition, trick or service behaviors. You will love it... and so will your dog! The clicker itself is simply a little toy-like device that is used in the initial stages of training any behavior. It provides clear & precise communication between owner & dog and allows you both to concentrate on & enjoy the task at hand. You click at the exact moment the dog is performing whatever it is you want, and since you always follow that click with a tasty treat, the dog will learn to love the sound, and the work to make that sound happen! As part of the training, you teach the dog hand and/or verbal signals for each behavior. As the dog learns these, you phase out the clicker. It has completed its function, which was to communicate to your dog which behavior you desired. Learn all about the basics of clicker training, from the first steps to how to develop your skills. Then, discover insight and products for dogs, cats, and other animals.