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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Clicker training is a method that uses a unique sound, a click, to tell a dog that he has done something right. Because the click sound is hard to replicate in daily life it is a distinct sound that can be used to mark any action or behavior a dog does. The sound is made using a 'clicker'. A clicker is a small hand-held device that gives a 'click' sound when pressed. Clickers have been used to train marine and other animals for many years and have now become very popular in .
Stage one of clicker training your dog is now complete.
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I was stunned the first time I heard Karen Pryor say that giving treats to a dog during duration of a stationary behavior is slovenly training, and that the treat does not carry the key information! At the time, that was how I was training duration. Like everything else Karen has said that has shaken my thought process, I parked the information in the back of my mind for mulling over. And, as always happens when Karen tosses me her wisdom, the sense percolated to the surface—I got it! The power of information is the click. All we have to do is click for an established criterion. Once most dogs get the hang of this type of clicker training, it becomes a fun game for them.
Photo provided by FlickrMy dog is terrified of the clicker, what should I do? Can I train without using the clicker?
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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.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.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. is a terrific, science-based way to communicate with your pet. It's easier to learn than standard command-based training. You can train any kind of animal, of any age. Puppies love it. Old dogs learn new tricks. You can clicker-train cats, birds, and other pets as well. Here are some simple tips to get you started.But, like all theories, there were gaps. These theories didn’t explain many types of behavior or learning. But, since a lot of people had staked their careers on these theories, they had an interest in not hearing the criticisms of their theories. At the same time, these theories were then being used by trainers on animals, especially on mammals such as dolphins. When these theories were applied, we saw some awesome acrobatic displays. Then the dog training community started imitating what was being done with dolphins. People that understood the theories, and how to apply them, became the new training celebrities. And a dog training industry started, which became to be referred to “clicker training”, primarily focused on Type S conditioning.In the meantime, behavioral scientists had started questioning the R and S theories. But, that hadn’t trickled down into the dog training community because most dog trainers aren’t well educated. A lot of the way dog trainers learn is: monkey see, monkey do. So, a lot of dogs were getting well trained in some aspects, and not in others. It would be like trying to fight Kung Fu, but you could only use your arms, but not your legs. You might get really good at all the striking skills using hands and fists, but you were helpless if the other guy started using leg kicks and leg sweeps. You would only be half trained in self defense. So, the same was happening with the clicker training world. So, it started out where it looked like a new dog training revolution was happening. But, we started noticing that certain behaviors weren’t being fixed by clicker training. Something was wrong.