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Old 07-14-2012, 03:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I haven't really seen a reason to use clicker training until recently I was watching videos on youtube and it really seemed to work well. I want to know what you guys think of it. What are your experiences with it and does it work well?
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I have found clicker training to be the best way for me to train a new behavior. Whether it's "down", "heel", or running the weaves in agility, the clicker's ability to communicate to my dog the exact thing he did correct, made massive improvements in my training.

That said, once the behavior is learned I wean off the clicker fairly quickly and use other methods.
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Never saw the need with a GSD. I just say yes. I may not always have a clicker with me, so I chose to use my voice instead.

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Never saw the need witha GSD. I just say yes. I may not always have a clicker with me, so I chose to use my voice instead.
Agreed
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I have found clicker training to be the best way for me to train a new behavior. Whether it's "down", "heel", or running the weaves in agility, the clicker's ability to communicate to my dog the exact thing he did correct, made massive improvements in my training.

That said, once the behavior is learned I wean off the clicker fairly quickly and use other methods.
Exactly, once they're conditioned to the clicker it's very easy

In my puppy class we did clicker training, I switched for the basic obedience and they don't do clicker training and it's much harder. That alone showed me that my personal style of training matches with clicker training very well
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Never saw the need with a GSD. I just say yes. I may not always have a clicker with me, so I chose to use my voice instead.
I always thought what if I loose it and can't buy a new one until the next day. Do you just not train.
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Never saw the need with a GSD. I just say yes. I may not always have a clicker with me, so I chose to use my voice instead.
Too much to carry, agreed!
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Tons of previous threads on clicker training - well worth reading through them: German Shepherd Dog Forums - Search Results

Clicker training is simply marker training using a clicker as the marker. You can also do marker training with a verbal marker, but it's the exact same concept. Are you wondering about using a clicker in particular or marker training in general?

I use both a clicker and my voice - there are some things where a clicker works really well because it's a neutral sound that always sounds exactly the same, and it's easy to be very precise about what you're marking. But sometimes it's just easier not to have to handle a clicker and a leash and deliver treats at the same time. I keep my clicker attached to my treat bag, which helps, and it's on a wrist coil so I can have it in my hand if I want to. With the coil it's easily accessible and I can let go of it if I need to use 2 hands, like for picking up poop, but it's still there around my wrist. Attached to my treat bag I can use the same hand to click and then reach into the bag for a treat, while using the other hand to hold the leash. At home I usually train off leash.

Since you only use a clicker when you're actively training because it's just a training tool, I don't understand why people would object to a clicker because they may not always have it handy. When I'm training I *always* have my training tools handy! And when I'm not actively training, there's no need to mark and reward behavior, so it's a moot point.
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I always thought what if I loose it and can't buy a new one until the next day. Do you just not train.
If you use both a clicker AND a verbal marker, then you'd just use your voice as a marker instead, which is why I condition my dogs to both.
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If you use both a clicker AND a verbal marker, then you'd just use your voice as a marker instead, which is why I condition my dogs to both.
OH! That make sense.
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