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    Default Clicker Training

    So I'm thinking about clicker training. Tank is young but I think he could learn more tricks/commands. He's a smart boy and VERY food motivated.

    So tell me what I need to know about clicker training. So far I've ordered a clicker....


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    a clicker is nothing more than a bridge. This means it is a sound associated with a reward, a secondary reward. In the beginning, EVERYTIME you click, you should immediately treat. This creates that response of "this noise=food"

    The clicker itself is irrelevant, you could just as easily use one word, perhaps "nice" and that word=food. It's difficult for people to do this however, because the word should never be associated out of training context. (So you shouldn't ever tell someone they have nice shoes with your dog around)

    An example would be to ask your dog to sit. If he does, immediately click, then treat. If your dog doesn't know how to sit, put him in the sitting position, CLICK as soon as his butt is in sit (don't wait for him to 'hold' the sit, it's too soon) and then treat.

    This is positive reinforcement training using bridges and secondary reinforcers. If you look up these terms you should get some more info. PM me if you'd like

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    Default Re: Clicker Training

    Quote Originally Posted by Taylor View Post
    a clicker is nothing more than a bridge. This means it is a sound associated with a reward, a secondary reward. In the beginning, EVERYTIME you click, you should immediately treat. This creates that response of "this noise=food"

    The clicker itself is irrelevant, you could just as easily use one word, perhaps "nice" and that word=food. It's difficult for people to do this however, because the word should never be associated out of training context. (So you shouldn't ever tell someone they have nice shoes with your dog around)

    An example would be to ask your dog to sit. If he does, immediately click, then treat. If your dog doesn't know how to sit, put him in the sitting position, CLICK as soon as his butt is in sit (don't wait for him to 'hold' the sit, it's too soon) and then treat.

    This is positive reinforcement training using bridges and secondary reinforcers. If you look up these terms you should get some more info. PM me if you'd like
    Awesome explanation^^^^^^ so all I am going to add is DITTO^^^^^
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    Default Re: Clicker Training

    There's a gal on YouTube that has an entire video series about clicker training. She's a genius. Kiko or something like that? She's from my area but she's moved to Europe to spread the clicker training gospel or something. Anyway, really fun to watch videos. She has a trio of rescue dogs that do all kinds of things.

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