Duration 6m 2s
Clicker Training is a method of training an animal using a clicker. This is a tool which makes a clicking sound when pressed to mark a particular desired behaviour. Clickers have been used to train whales, bears, lions and domestic dogs and cats, and even humans. This method of dog training uses positive reinforcement, is reward based and allows the subject to identify that a behaviour is sought and also how precise it needs to be. Only once behaviour is established and reliable is a cue e.g. a verbal command such as “stand” added to the click. Once the response transfers to the verbal command a click is no longer necessary. This method of training informs dogs or other animals of their success in a prompt and precise manner. I generally use a clicker in the early stages of puppy training prior to sheep work, although if I struggle to achieve trust in recalls, whilst with sheep, then I often resort to using a clicker. If a positive association has been achieved in previous training then this is useful tool to re-adjust a dog’s thought process to be more in line with your aims. If handlers choose to, they can use a clicker at all easy stages of sheepdog training.