Treats for clicker training
Tonight I tried clicker training for the first time. Was just on my own, and I know I made a lot of mistakes. I decided to try training the perch stance for agility rear leg awareness (and a closer "line up" or "by heel"). I can't believe how effective it is! I can't imagine getting my dog to stand on the perch by forcing her up there with collar corrections. Well, sure I can, but I am surprised how quick she got it with no lead and no collar to yank on! I might just be a convert (but don't tell my positive punishment trainer, I need to read a book first before breaking those ties...)
Anyway- one thing I noticed is that I very quickly ran out of treats. I was using BillJac liver treats that I cut in half. Probably went through 50 treats in 5 mins... that's not a long training session! I grabbed a stuffed squirrel I just bought her and did about 5 more minutes playing tug after each click.
I'm familiar with beef crunchies, but find that even a large chunk of beef dehydrates down into not a lot of treats. And it takes forever to cube it up. It could get expensive pretty quick using beef!
So I'm kind of at a loss. I have heard of frozen peas, but don't have any at the moment to try out. What do you guys use for treats with your clicker training? Remember that I have a 4.5 yr old GSD; I'm not sure if that should (probably not?) affect the size of the treat.
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