Do I start clicker training?

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  1. Weensta

    Weensta Registered Users

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    I hadn't even thought about clicker training for Max who is now four months but at my obedience class last night one of the handlers advised that it would be a good idea as Max is a 'bouncy dog'. He is very noisy and excited at the classes but is much more calm at home. I dont really know where to start with one and whether it would be a good idea??

    Any advice where to start please. Do I use the clicker for everything?? I am currently using a whistle for recall.

    :) :)
     
  2. pippa@labforumHQ

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    Re: Do I start clicker training?

    Hi there, the clicker can't be compared to a whistle. It isn't used as a 'cue' to get the dog to do something, like the whistle. It is used as an event marker. So the whistle and the clicker can both be used in training, as they have completely different roles.

    Have a look at this: What are clickers for for more explanation. I recommend you get yourself a clicker training book. Karen Pryor's is a good one to start with.

    And there are some great clicker training videos on the Kikopup site. I recommend this one first

    Have fun, and ask if you get stuck!
     
  3. zigisla

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    Re: Do I start clicker training?

    Pippa has nailed it with these suggestions and there is also a plethora of additional articles about clicker training on the forum to help you. :D I would also advise a clicker training class if your current class does not specialise in clicker training.

    I am open, but embarrassed to say :-[ that I was a very "old fashioned" handler before and used all the "conventional" ways of training. This had the total opposite effect on my very bouncy and boisterous Choc boy and made him worse. :(

    Clicker training has helped me so much and IMO is bar far the best method to use. When "Charged" you will have the attention of your dog, so can still attend classes. :)
     
  4. Jen

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    Re: Do I start clicker training?

    Im new to clicker training as well been doing it for about 6 weeks or so. I would definitely reccomened it. Give it a go even if it doesn't work for you a clicker is only £1.60 off amazon. I wish I'd done it sooner.

    The difference with my two labs is amazing sometimes I can't quite believe it. ::) I have two boisterous male labs. Id trained them traditionally but they lacked focus and would be easily distracted. I have retrained things with the clicker and they are so much better. Also it might be my imagination but their overall behaviour seems improved as well.

    I got the Karen Pryor book and found the kikopup channel on YouTube. The videos are very helpful as you can see how it's done. I haven't been to any classes though.

    Give it a go nothing to lose. Good luck ;D

    Jen
     
  5. Weensta

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    Re: Do I start clicker training?

    Thanks for your replies. I have ordered a book and clickers today.

    I will keep you posted and shout if I need any help!

    :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)
     
  6. lois

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    Re: Do I start clicker training?

    How is your clicker training going I think im going to try with Poppy but very bouncy year old Collie x
     
  7. Weensta

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    Re: Do I start clicker training?

    Happy New Year!

    Sorry December was a pretty manic month and the clickers I ordered from Amazon took ages to be delivered so did not start the clicker training until yesterday. Lois - have you started yet??
     

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