bashed for clicker training
I was calling a few training programs in the area to decide which I will use when the pup attends formal classes. I explained that I had been using the clicker at home and was teaching him the basics along with a few fun tricks. We've been getting pretty good results with it and I found it to be easier than a marker word (mostly because I'm a talker and found it hard to just use one word to mark at the right time). The guy I talked to said that no real, serious trainers use clickers and I should put it in a drawer and forget about it. What if my pup ran into the street and I didn't have the clicker, he'd be hit by a car...
I found this off putting to say the least and won't be calling him back, but from my understanding, using a clicker won't make the commands weaker. My dog will still come without the clicker (first, because I would only click when he's coming, but also because it's only used when I'm training, not every time I say a command). Is there any real correlation between using a clicker and having a dog that doesn't listen as well once he's grown? Is there any noticeable difference in the obedience of dogs trained by a clicker and other positive methods?
(My pups only 3 months old, so there's lots of learning going on, but not corrections or real formal obedience training. )