Clicker versus Voice for Marker Training
While I completely understand people using clickers, I much prefer my own voice.
I do marker training just not with a clicker. It does require me to be on my game, ready with a quick Yes! or a drawn out Gooood.
Advantages: My voice is always there, not left behind in a bag and can provide a greater variability on the reward (e.g. super excited YES!! for him nailing the command versus a "yes" for following the command).
Disadvantages: Timing is a little more difficult with a voiced marker and perhaps not as precise. I need to keep the "Yes" utterance very short so the dog can associate his behavior with the reward. If I am not ready, it can also take a little longer to begin saying the marker. I've been working on timing and have improved.
I will be honest. I am a novice. Voiced markers work for me and my dog but I am always open to improving my training.
So, what do the members here prefer and why?
Do you think I am making a mistake using voiced markers--keeping in mind that my goals include at least CGC, BH and TD titles. I haven't committed to IPO yet but am doing the ground work and keeping my options open.
Linus van Pelt Haus Juris. My Sweet Babboo, born March 17, 2014.
Madeline Ronan Heart (Maddie) Dec 1997 -- November 22, 2013 Rescue GSD, Sable