It’s no secret that an untrained dog is no walk in the
park – the barking, the destruction and the seeming
unwillingness to do what you want. It’s very frustrating
at times, and it can strain even the healthiest of
So anything that promises to make your life easier with
simple, painless training sounds pretty fantastic.
But, in many cases, that “wonder solution” is never as
simple as it sounds. Take clicker training, for example.
Used by animal trainers of all walks, clicker training has
been used for years to train dogs and teach them to
respond immediately to the sound of that click.
It’s not as simple as all that though. You have to
convince your dog that the click will in some way benefit
But, if you do it right, the clicker can turn around your
stress-ridden household and make your life infinitely
* How Clicker Training Works
The idea behind a clicker is very simple. You’re training
your dog to recognize exactly when he’s done something
right by using a clicker. The clicker will make a short,
simple sound that he can hear from greater distances.
At first, you’ll need to supplement the clicker sound with
treats. In many cases, this just means sitting there with
a bag of treats and handing a treat to the dog whenever
you use the clicker. This enforcement will teach him that
when you make a sound, he’s being rewarded.
It can also be converted or combined with command words
very easily, something that many other training methods
cannot. The breed or intelligence of an animal is rarely
an issue with clicker training due to the natural response
to the noise that most dogs already have.
It’s humane, it’s simple, and it’s incredibly effective.
* The Benefits of Clicker Training
The number one benefit of clicker training is how simple
it is. It can take as little as 15 minutes to teach your
dog that a click is a good thing and even less time to
start teaching him basic commands with a clicker.
It is also very small and easy to carry with you anywhere
you take your dog. You can have a clicker in your leash
hand and use it when on a walk to control your dog’s
walking behavior. You also have the benefit of a clicker
being very audible from great distances.
Additionally, a clicker is much more consistent than your
voice. It doesn’t have a tone and cannot be misunderstood
by a dog. Sometimes, our commands can get confused with
other words and can result in inappropriate responses from
Combined with a good command word, a clicker will tell
your dog exactly what you want him to do, and it
streamlines the entire process of getting your commands
through to him. You’ll never need to worry about whether
he understands that what he’s doing is right or wrong.
In the end, a clicker can be supplemented with simple
affection and positive reinforcement, and you’ll never
need to resort to the more controversial and inhumane
training methods that are out there.
If you’re having trouble with a furry little friend,
one of the first things you’ll be taught by any dog
trainer is to exercise him and then train him with some
basic tricks. Clicker training can make that much easier.
Secrets to Dog Training presents a thoroughly detailed and
enlightening look at how to both stop and prevent
common problem behaviors exhibited by dogs.
It includes a lot of step-by-step photo examples, case
studies and videos.
Talk to you soon,