Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Moore, Oklahoma
I love clicker training. All my Italian Greyhounds and Dobermans were trained using a clicker. As a matter of fact, I am starting this weekend to train Carly in obedience, using a clicker.
I don't know why anyone would think a dog wouldn't be "safe" if it is trained using operant conditioning, and that it is only good for tricks. All the regular things that we teach dogs (sit, down, come, etc) are really just tricks to them.
I'm not sure why everyone thinks you have to have a treat, after a dog really knows a command. Treats are for training. After my dogs know commands, I occasionally treat them, or give them praise or a toy when I ask them to do something. It's just a way to continue reinforcing their behavior.
(and my dogs DO listen to me, whether I have a treat or not)
~ Diane ~
RUSSELL .... Lauremi's Paix
CARLY ........ Ch. Lauremi's No Reservations (AKC GCh pointed, HIC)
and absent friends... SAGE ~ 2010-2015