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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-03-2010, 03:02 PM Thread Starter
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This is Probably a Dumb Question...

...but should I teach my future puppy that the clicker = reward before I start training her with it?

I know, I know, dumb question. xD I'm still going to give frequent food rewards and lots of praise in the beginning, given she's still a puppers.

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That's how to start- click the clicker then treat immediately. He or she will very quickly learn that only good things come with the click. There are lots of videos posted on the training forum of clicker training.
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Click should ALWAYS mean reward. Are you asking whether you should spend some time teaching the pup that click means reward? If so, yes, it's called loading the clicker. Basically for the first few days after the pup gets home, every time before you feed the pup anything, click or use your marker word first. Click, feed, click, feed, click, feed, etc.
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Yes, she must first be taught what the clicker means by having it associated with a reward, typically food. Click, treat... click, treat..... This is called "loading" or "charging" the clicker. Only after that is done can you use the clicker as a marker for actual training.

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