Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Western Washington
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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