Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Avalon Peninsula, Newfoundland
When not to use the clicker(?)
I'm reading Jean Donaldson's "How to Train Your Dog Like a Pro", and finding her methods for using the clicker vague. In her book she does mention its use as a marker but only once, but not during lessons. In her video, she advocates and describes its use, but not in every lesson. For example, it can be used for "fundamental" behaviours like marking 'sit', but for "impulse control" behaviours like 'sit-stay' the clicker’s use is not mentioned or shown(?) (e.g., when would you click to mark at a 'stay' step when you're 20 yards behind your dog and on your way back to treat?)
Question: It's like there are times to use the clicker and times when its use is inappropriate(?) Is there a rule of thumb that I'm missing?
If I understand the clicker's use correctly, its timing is critical. I see her using it in many instances of training--I wish she'd describe its use more, as well as what we should be looking for. Otherwise, this is an excellent book.
By the way, GSD pup arrives this spring ...
Cheers from the Avalon Peninsula
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