CLICKER TRAINING IS REPORTED TO IMPROVE COMMUNICATION WITH OUR DOGS
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Before you can begin using clicker training to teach your dog to play fetch, he must learn what the clicker sound is and what it means. Start by getting a and pairing a reward with its sound in your dog's mind. If your dog loves treats, you can use that as a reward. If he prefers a certain toy, you can give him a short play session for his reward. Just be sure to click every time you reward. Once your dog responds by paying attention to you every time you click, he is ready to start clicker training. You can learn more in the .
What I do is not harsh nor inhumane. If a person walks along a path, and I tap them on the shoulder and say, “hey”, watch out! Have I done something harmful? If a person stubs their toe on a rock, are they permanently harmed psychologically? If a dog is focusing on something, and I command them to leave it alone, have I done something harmful? If my dog encounters an intruder, and gets in a full blown fight with them, yet my dog comes out the winner except for some bruises, is the dog psychologically harmed for life? Dogs and humans are more resilient to things than the all positive people would have you believe. Animals in general are not as fragile and neurotic as clicker trainers would portray, otherwise nothing would have survived this world. Are only the animals kept in cement pools, given fish for tricks according to their theory, the only psychologically healthy animals in the world, even more than those in the wild? Is that what their theory suggests? That nature is destroying animals in the wild because they have to learn not only good things, but sometimes things they shouldn’t do? Is the mother wolf harming her pup when she growls to tell them to stop suckling? Is the alpha male harming the other pack members when they get out of line? Are all these animals in the wild neurotic? What good trainers do to dogs doesn’t even approach the sternness of what happens to animals by their own kind. Something to consider.
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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. Anyone questioning how reliable a dog taught this way can be should take a trip to Sea World. There, the Orcas, dolphins, etc., are taught using these same methods. After all... you can't slip a choke chain around a whale's neck & give a jerk! And yet, these lovely creatures perform flawlessly for audience after audience. And have a blast doing it. 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. This is the type of training used for most (all?) animals trained for movie & TV work, too. The most important thing is leash training. Walking. On a noisy street, with thousands of other dogs randomly passing through a neighborhood every day, I will need an arsenal of communication skills. A clicker may be one skill; but it cannot be the only thing I use.