You make a really good point. I do try and say good boys for when he actually is being good. I actually ignore him when he's jumping and crazy excited so he doesn't get the wrong idea, but my hubs is a softie and can't resist him. I'll pay more ATTN and see if he uses 'good boy' in that scenario (and others). I did hear of using yes, I just found the click to be easier because I didn't have to remember to say 'yes' because it was so not natural to say (which is preciesly you're point, eh?). I'm a first time puppy owner and still learning the best way to train the pup. I'm sure it will evolve as I learn more, start him in puppy class (after the chaos of the holidays) and get better and communicating with my dog. Thanks for the advice, I'm always happy to draw from others experience.
I think it depends on what you are teaching also. Sit, down, etc we taught using lures/verbal praise initially before we got the clicker, so I don't know if he really was taught with the clicker as opposed to reinforced. But for commands like shake (paw) and touch (his nose to my hand) he seemed to learn the verbal cues quickly with the clicker. Sometimes he would try both because the hand signals are similar and he wasn't sure what I was asking, but the click told him which one.
Now if there was a magical training tool to keep him from eating rocks, we-d be in business. (Yes, we're working on leave it. It works for kibble, toys, treats, butt
those rocks and poos outside are just too tasty I guess?!)
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