Clicker Training

We welcome clicker training in our classes but it is not compulsory. If you would like to get a head start in learning to clicker train your dog. We offer private sessions at our training centre or at your home and occasionally run clicker training workshops. We stock the i-click clicker in our shop.

What is Clicker Training?

The clicker is a small plastic tool, originally a child’s toy, which when pressed makes a click sound and is known as a conditioned reinforcer. The clicker sound is unique, therefore it can be used consistently by everyone but the sound means the same to your dog. The clicker sound is conditioned to the part of your dogs brain, conditioned reflex which in turn creates a conditioned response.

When obedience training, teaching your dog tricks or rehabilitating behavioural issues, the behaviours and actions need to be marked accurately with good timing, in other words your dog needs to know when he has done something right and to then receive a reward. If a behaviour or action is rewarded the odds are that the behaviour or action will increase and be repeated.
We can mark the action with a verbal word such as “Good” or “Yes”, nothing wrong with this but as we chatter away to our dogs and each other most of the time then words can be confusing and not very clear and so conditioning your dog to a specific unique sound which means food is coming, enables us to mark this behaviour accurately and clearly and without emotion.

Conditioned Reflex?

PAVLOV'S BELL
You're probably familiar with the story of "Pavlov's Dog." In the early 1900's, Dr. Pavlov, a Russian Chemist and Physiologist, was studying the digestive process in dogs and the interaction between salivation and the action of the stomach. He realized that they were closely linked by reflexes in the autonomic nervous system. Without salivation, the stomach didn't get the message to start digesting. Pavlov wanted to see if external stimuli could effect this process, so he rang a bell at the same time he gave the dogs food. After a while, the dogs-which before only salivated when they saw and ate their food-would begin to salivate when the bell rang, even if no food was present. He called this a "conditioned reflex," an action that has to be learned. Pavlov called this learning process "conditioning." (He also found that if the bell rang too often and food did not appear, the conditioned reflex would become repressed. The dogs stopped salivating at the sound of the bell).

The advantages to using a clicker are:

1. Accurately identifies the correct behavior.
2. Works well from a distance.
3. Helps animal focus on the behavior.
4. Defines the END of a behavior. Making it easier to get longer durations.
5. Easily transferred from person to person.
6. Does not rely on force or punishment.
7. You do not have to be physically stronger than your dog.
8. Will not lead to aggression or avoidance behaviors.
9. Can be used to shape a variety of behaviors.
10. It is REALLY FUN for you and your dog!!!! The clicker, because of its accuracy in telling your dog WHAT behavior earned a treat, maximizes learning!!

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