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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-05-2009, 03:42 PM Thread Starter
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Charging the clicker with 3 dogs

ok...so I bought another clicker today to replace the one I lost and I was told how to properly start it. Here's the problem...or maybe it's not...

I have three dogs here that I want to teach it to...Jax, Baron (fostered dobie), Sierra...

All the dogs are gathered around me because of the treats so when I click one dog gets the treats while the other two aren't because that's the one I'm working with. Should I crate two of them while I'm working with the one so they don't get confused?

They must be thinking "Well I got a treat with a click this time but not last time"




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Re: Charging the clicker with 3 dogs

Personally I usually separate the dog I am working with because I find that easier, especially when you're first starting out.

Another thing you can do which is more complicated is get one of the clickers that makes different tones (the Clicker+ or Clickerplus) and then switch tones when you work with each different dog.


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Re: Charging the clicker with 3 dogs

Crating might be a good idea to work with them separately.

Not sure how helpful this is, but I use the clicker with the cat and dog at the same time. My cat LOVES the clicker (even though I never intended to use it with her) and comes running whenever she hears me using it with Tara. I am fairly certain that Tara can clearly differentiate when the cat is being clicked (I shaped a "high-five" with the kitty) versus when I'm working with Tara. I can imagine that for initial shaping work it would be difficult to click individual dogs when all three are out.

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Re: Charging the clicker with 3 dogs

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Originally Posted By: Jax08Should I crate two of them while I'm working with the one so they don't get confused?
Yes. If I'm actively training one dog, the other dog is either out in the garage pen, or crated in the bedroom, depending on where I'm working. I do like to sometimes do a few obedience commands with both of them at the same time, but it's more informal, mostly to make sure that they'll listen to me with the distraction of the other dog there. Actual training sessions should be one on one.

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Re: Charging the clicker with 3 dogs

I have been using clicker training with Tuki in our jr. agility class, and when I tried to use it with Riku, he picked it up very easily without ever having to "load it". All I did was ask for certain easy commands, and clicked and treated.

When I'm training one or both of them in the backyard, I will put the one I'm not training in a down-stay on the deck, and once in awhile (assuming they are staying) will say "good stay" and give them a treat. I can imagine it can be challenging with 2 dogs in down-stays, but it may be worth a try.

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Re: Charging the clicker with 3 dogs

Only Jax is trained well enough to put in a stay. The other two are just following the treats. I'll crate the two I'm not working with so they don't get confused.

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