The clicker itself does not reinforce the behavior, codmaster, it only marks the behavior. The reward the dog receives for performing the behavior - whether that is a treat, toy, or praise - is what reinforces the behavior and keeps it from occurring.A question about clickers - how do you wean the dog off the marker or do you carry the clicker all the time?
When you charge the clicker at the very beginning, the treat should come within seconds of the click. Click-treat, instantly. Once the dog understands that the click marks the behavior, you have some time to actually deliver the reward - which is one of the reasons that clicker training is so awesome because there CAN be a delay between the behavior (and the marker for it) and the reward.Second clicker training question - how long after the click do you have to give them the treat?
In a good clicker class - or any good class, really - the dogs and people in the class will not all be on top of one another, there should be enough room between dogs and people that the dog's excellent sense of hearing is easily able to distinguish the clicker sound coming from his/her human in front of him/her from the clicker that is next to or behind them.how does the dog know that the clicker sound that they hear is "theirs" and not the dog next to them?
If your clicker has been "charged" before you start using it for commands, you don't need to treat within 2 seconds - your dog will know the treat is coming because s/he associates the sound with a treat. (Sort of like Pavlov's dogs associated the sound of the bell with getting fed, even though they didn't happen at exactly the same time.)you click RIGHT at the moment they do the right behaviour, then reward a second or 2 after, so they relate the treat with the click, but not at the same time so they still pay attention to the click.