The Modern Way to Train Dogs
Clicker training is a method of training an animal using a clicker, a tool which makes a clicking sound when pressed, to mark particular desired behaviour. Clickers have been used to train whales, bears, lions and domestic dogs and cats, and even humans, though I hasten to add that I am yet to get breakfast in bed! 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 that a cue e.g. a verbal command such as “sit” is 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.