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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 09-09-2010, 05:57 PM Thread Starter
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How to clicker train?

I want to clicker train my new pup. I think using a clicker is a great idea. Although I never used one with Smokey and he learned great. I think using it with the new pup will be easier so they don't get confused. The sound is consistent and you control when to click it and they seem to understand it really well. My boyfriend don't want to use it, because he says they will get used to the click and treat and not do what you say unless you click 1st. I don't believe that, but my question is how do I go about clicker training and what are some tips and tricks you guys know to using them? I understand the click and then treat, so the dog sees the click as a good thing and he knows a treat is coming. Tell me how you clicker trained your dog. Are there any really good videos that tell how to?

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I like Peggy Tilmans Clicking with your Dog, easy read, with tons of 'how to's' very easily explained.

Hey you can practice on Smokey, it's never to late to teach an old dog new tricks

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I have watched most all his videos, but I didn't see one where he explained clickers all out extensively. Is peggy a book or online? I am not sure Smokey would much care for a clicker.

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Karen Pryor has a great site, lots of info.

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Dogs "care" for the clicker because you teach them that "click = treat."

When you start with clicker training, you load the clicker. All this means is teaching the dog that every time they hear a click, a treat is on the way. You do this by repeating click-treat, click-treat until the dog starts to look for the treat after hearing the click.

After the dog begins to associate the click with a treat, you use the clicker to mark the desired behavior. If you tell the dog to sit, you click as soon as his little rear end hits the floor, then provide the treat. That is all the clicker is used for...to mark the desired behavior.

At least in my understanding, and I admit to being a novice dog trainer.

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I do know the concept of the clicker. I could try it with Smokey.

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After the dog begins to associate the click with a treat, you use the clicker to mark the desired behavior. If you tell the dog to sit, you click as soon as his little rear end hits the floor, then provide the treat. That is all the clicker is used for...to mark the desired behavior.
It's also used to capture behaviors, which means the dog offers a behavior before you teach it . You "capture" that behavior with a click/treat.

Here's a good example of capturing a behavior. Note what she says at the very beginning of the video.

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That video was extremely helpful thank you!!

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Here's a video that shows the technique of shaping:

This is a clicker-savvy dog who already gets the concept of trying things to see what works to earn a click/treat, so the training moves very quickly. The video is unedited and shows her learning to retrieve an object she's never seen before and bring it to her owner in just over 3 minutes.

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