Clicker/marker training has gained the popularity it has because people have discovered it works. Many people who compete in dogs sports are adopting the training style.
In the past, it has gotten a bad rap from purists who insist that marker training doesn't involving proofing commands or correcting for willful disobedience of a known command. That's patently false.
The only downside to marker training is that the dog learns to "offer" behaviors to elicit a reward. This is only a downside if you see it that way. Some people do, some don't.
I use a verbal marker in conjunction with other training techniques with my SchH dog, and she has done quite well, and loves to work.
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