The PT Dog Training Clicker is an indispensable tool that can be used to reinforce good behavior. It includes multiple carrying options and tips so you can keep it ready to use in any situation.
- - Dog Training Clicker from PT
- - Effective aid for obedience training
- - Features a wrist band and revocable clasp
- - Elevated button for fast clicking
Clicker training guide to "charging the clicker":
- Immediately give your furry friend a treat.
- This is referred to as "Click and Treat". The treat always comes AFTER the click!
- Repeat when your pet is laying down.
- Repeat when your pooch is sitting.
- Repeat when your dog is looking the other way.
- Repeat when he least expects it.
- Do it 10-15 times per training session for a few days.
- Use some of the kibble from his dinner and breakfast to do a few rounds without over feeding him!
- You are done when you can tell your pet gets excited as soon as he hears the sound and before you hand him a treat!
The animal must learn that the sound "click" predicts that a treat is coming.
It does not matter (yet) if your dog is doing something good or not. At this point you only want him to learn that "click" means "treat".
Unfortunately, this does not mean that you can eventually stop giving treats altogether. If you stop giving treats after the click, your dog will learn through Extinction that the click does not predict a treat is coming anymore.
This doesn't matter though! Here is why:
- You will only use the clicker to get the behavior going. Once the behavior is happening often you can add a command to it and you will stop using the noise maker.
- The sound will act as a temporal bridge between the perfect time in which your dog did the correct behavior and the time in which he will be getting the treat. This is extremely useful! You wouldn't want your pet breaking that perfect behavior just to eat the treat!
- When the behavior is "on command" you will use a Marker Word and treats for reinforcement, but you can cut the treats down to half!