Clicker training - should it be done in "group" setting
I have a few questions as clicker training is very new to me. Our training facility promotes the use of clicker training, with corrections when needed.
Dante is the first dog I've ever used a clicker with. I do several short sessions a day with him, right now working on focus (which he is spectacular at), sit (also great at), and starting down and "by heel" (setting up for a heel position).
He is doing remarkably well and I'm shocked how well this works. I have a few questions though. Our first class doesn't start until Sat. What happens when the group of 20'ish people are clicking away with their puppies in one big room? Won't he get confused hearing all the clicks or will the focus teach him to only listen to "our" clicker? The first class was info only, and what to work on this week.
Up until today I was working with him in the house or in the front yard, but figured distractions would be good for focus training. However, I started working yesterday with Micah and Kodi on the clicker (just loading it - click - treat and sit - click - treat). So today, they heard the click and came running! It only took seconds before I had two big guys sitting side by side with Dante interested in focus training.
Cute, but how practical is this at this stage? As it was Dante's training session, they weren't getting treats when they heard the clicker. Will this mess them up? Should I keep working them all seperate from eachother so they don't think they aren't getting rewarded for good behavior?
As a sidenote, Dante did awesome and couldn't have cared less what they were doing. He was 100% focus'd on me. I have to admit this is an interesting training method, and I'm going through cheerios like crazy (haha) between all of them, but they sure do respond well to it.