3 Ways Of Training With A Clicker

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3 Ways Of Training With A Clicker

by Avrina Ware

So clicker trainers provide consequences desired by their animal in exchange for actions or behaviors desired by their trainers.

We call these consequences ?rewards? and the process is called ?reinforcement.? Clicker training, therefore, is a positive-reinforcement-based system of training.

Clickers are a fun and fast way to speed up your puppy's learning process. Clicker training relies on behavior shaping principles that mark desired behavior.

To begin, get ten treats. Click and treat; before you are finished, your puppy will be happily alert to the sound. Now use the clicker for training and to encourage good habits.

1. House-training: When your puppy eliminates in the right area, say "get busy." Click the instant he finishes; then treat and praise warmly.

2. Jumping: When your puppy jumps, look away, Click, treat, and pet him after all four paws are on the ground.

3. Chewing: Anytime your dog is chewing an appropriate object, click, treat, and praise.

You can iron out everyday frustrations with the clicker. Use it to encourage silence, to train him to ask to be let out, to create a positive association to kids, and more. Also use a clicker to teach basic commands such as the following:

1. ?Sit? command: "Sit," luring your dog into position with a toy or treat if necessary. Click, reward, and praise.

2. ?Down? command: "Down," luring your dog into position with a toy or treat Click, reward, and praise.

3. ?Come? command: Throughout the day, command "Come" when your dog's near you.

The essential difference between clicker training and other reward-based training is that the animal is told exactly which behavior earned it a reward. This information is communicated with a distinct and unique sound, a click, which occurs at the same time as the desired behavior. The reward follows.

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