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post #1 of 40 (permalink) Old 03-12-2010, 05:45 PM Thread Starter
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Do you use a clicker when training?

Yes or no. Simple enough.

I kind of thought this method wasn't used as much anymore, but am just curious for my own knowledge.
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The method of marker training is very much used and is growing, I believe. It is very useful and I see more and more of it all the time.

Some early research seems to indicate that the clicker is most useful when first teaching a behavior. Once the behavior is well learned, voice marking or clicker marking seem to have about the same effect.

I guess there are "clicker only" trainers. Not sure how prevalent that is.
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It's also increasing in use in my area every year as people start to understand and implement it into their training.




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I use a clicker a lot, but I also use my voice. I've actually never taken a clicker class before, and nobody else is using a clicker in the classes I've taken, so I don't either.

I use it at home and on training walks quite a bit.

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imo clicker has it's place in certain applications. Once my dog learns what she/he is supposed to do the clicker is no longer needed. I don't want my dogs to rely on it.

Instead i do believe in using voice for a marker. You can use your voice anywhere at any time . It would be a bit inconvenient to have to carry a clicker everywhere you go.

My marker is "yes".

The only time i ever really use a clicker on regular basis is if we're playing mental games for shaping a trick.

My trainer does not allow clickers however, we use voice markers instead.
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Once my dog learns what she/he is supposed to do the clicker is no longer needed. I don't want my dogs to rely on it.

Instead i do believe in using voice for a marker.
Actually, once your dog learns what s/he is supposed to do, you don't need a marker at all for that particular behavior. Markers, either a clicker or your voice, are used to train new behaviors.

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I use yes and a clicker, so if I don't have my clicker, my dogs will respond to my marker word.
I was at SchH club last weekend and used the clicker, the TD was so happy to see me using one!
The club members use them regularly and with great results...it was funny the first few times I went, a few of them were commenting on the types of clickers, and didn't like the cheaper ones. They are particular when it comes to clickers! No box shaped ones that are overly loud. The button is best in their opinion.

One reason I started using one when Onyx was young, she was very reactive and fear aggressive, she could feel my frustration in my voice, a clicker has no emotion, so helps if you have anxiety over your dogs behavior.

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I use a clicker mostly for obedience training with Bianca. I don't use it in agility (we use 'yes' in class) or for general behavior work very often.

A dog shouldn't end up 'relying' on the clicker even if you use exclusively clicker training, because a clicker is used to teach a new behavior so it is supposed to be faded out during the training process along with the reward.


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Yes, I used one with Diesel.
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