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Old 11-18-2013, 12:44 AM   #1 (permalink)
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How do I start obidence training with clicker and what type of treats should I use

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Old 11-18-2013, 09:26 PM   #2 (permalink)
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There is a whole library about clicker training here, so look around this site:

Fundamentals | Karen Pryor Clicker Training

As for treats, depends on the dog. Treats that do not take long to chew and are in small pieces. Lamb lung works great, dried liver, etc. When I want my dog to be super driven, I use all beef hot dogs cut up or boiled diced chicken breast.
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I just received Karen Pryors book for clicker training today! Looks great


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You have to "load the clicker" first!
You do this by clicking and treating and repeating many times, and do this randomly.
At some point you can wait till they are busy looking away at something else and not at you, and click. If they look at you for a treat, you know the clicker has been loaded successfully!
If you go on Youtube. Look up "Kikopup" if you want lots of funs things to train your dog- she is amazing and clicker training and using positive reinforcement.

For treats you will want to use different types and "values."

When you are in your house with no distractions, which could be doors opening, other animals, other people, etc. If you have NO other distraction you can probably use their own kibble as a treat.
A high value treat could be boiled chicken, freeze dried treats, natural balance rolls cut up into small pieces, etc. High value treats are usually when your working on something really hard.. Like for my dog when being in the same room as a stranger. Or when your working outside on the sidewalk with distractions.. cars, people, cats, strollers, etc.

You just need to find how easily distracted your dog is. What treats are the absolute favorites, etc. Lots of resources on clicker training on here and on youtube.
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Start with treats they like, and lots of clicking [\thread]
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Old 11-25-2013, 06:32 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I just started this today just to try with my 8 month old. I spent the first few minutes clicking and then giving her a treat just so she gets used to the sound and associates it with a treat.

This is a bit off topic but this is what I have noticed so far...

It has only been one day and I do notice the second I click she seems to realize what she did was good and she has good attention. But It is a lot to juggle the clicker treats AND hand signals. I am very happy that I have my pup's basic commands down to hand signals alone and I do not want to sacrifice hand signals for clicking if you know what I mean. First impressions are this is good for trick training but not for everything. I like the idea of using easy to eat extra tasty treats someone mentioned that don't take forever to chew. I would also appreciate clicker tips/opinions!
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I was talking with the breeder I'm going to be getting my pup from and asked her about clicker training. She mentioned how difficult it can be and the timing has to be just perfect or the dog will get confused. I thought this seemed a bit extreme, but as I've never done and only read books or watched video I thought I'd ask somebody whose done or is doing it. Thoughts and advise greatly appreciated, thanks! In my opinion it does not seem that difficult but I've never done it before.
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I was talking with the breeder I'm going to be getting my pup from and asked her about clicker training. She mentioned how difficult it can be and the timing has to be just perfect or the dog will get confused. I thought this seemed a bit extreme, but as I've never done and only read books or watched video I thought I'd ask somebody whose done or is doing it. Thoughts and advise greatly appreciated, thanks! In my opinion it does not seem that difficult but I've never done it before.
It isn't difficult, but it takes some good timing and a lot of common sense. I teach dog training classes and 97% of people using the clicker are doing it wrong. Understand it and do it right and it's super easy.
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If you could elaborate just a bit more I'd appreciate it.

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It isn't difficult, but it takes some good timing and a lot of common sense. I teach dog training classes and 97% of people using the clicker are doing it wrong. Understand it and do it right and it's super easy.
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If you could elaborate just a bit more I'd appreciate it.
All you have to pay attention to is timing. If the time is correct it is no trouble. But if your timing isn't good, you can be training the exact wrong thing and wonder why the dog is jumping, barking, etc.
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