I use clicker training to train customer dogs for the following reasons:
I use it on my own dogs and start from 8 weeks old.
It is training using almost entirely positive reinforcement – teaching your dog to learn… using no physical compulsion or corrections whatsoever. Sounds a bit unbelievable, but works incredibly well. Instead of yanking dogs around, shoving them into place, giving some praise, and hoping the dog will make the connection, dogs are taught using the scientific methods of classical & operant conditioning.
The whole enjoyment feature is what really turned me on to positive training. I love my dogs, and although I want them to be responsive to me I dislike hurting them! With clicker training I don’t have to. This training works for every dog, from bold to timid, from tiny to giant.
The clicker itself is simply a little toy-like device that is used in the initial stages of training any behaviour. It provides clear & precise communication between owner & dog and allows you both to concentrate on & enjoy the task at hand. You click at the exact moment the dog is performing whatever it is you want, and since you always follow that click with a tasty treat, the dog will learn to love the sound, and the work to make that sound happen! As part of the training, you teach the dog hand and/or verbal signals for each behaviour. As the dog learns these, you phase out the clicker. It has completed its function, which was to communicate to your dog which behaviour you desired.
With positive reinforcement training there is no more forcing a dog to learn. Instead, the dog becomes eager to learn! Very tasty food treats are the primary reinforces at first because they are easy to use but many, many other reinforcements are used as well – from squeaky toys to playing games. A dog properly trained this way will not be dependent upon food in order to respond.
Clicker training can be used to teach your dog regular pet obedience type behaviours (such as loose-lead walking) as well as more advanced competition, trick or service behaviours. You will love it… and so will your dog!
Let’s look at some basic dog training and see how it can help to correct some behavioural problems, whether they currently exist or might possibly in the months and years ahead.
First of all, there’s the living arrangements. Is your dog going to be living in your house or outside in a kennel? If it’s indoors, a lot of consideration – and dog obedience training – is necessary so that they won’t trash the house and cause all manner of mayhem. We all know people who just love their dogs but are driven to distraction by the continual destruction they cause in their homes, from tearing up the living room carpet to swiping food from the table and all sorts of other unwanted behaviour.
Here, dog obedience training begins with setting the boundaries: where the dog is allowed to be – perhaps only in the kitchen and living room – where their food and water is and how to obey your commands to get them to do something, like stop barking.
Set your dog training goals now for your home and you’ll never look back, and with our reliable and professional pet care services, we can make sure your beloved dog is well behaved and a joy to have.
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