What to do?

Discussion in 'Clicker Training' started by BuddysRick, Jan 23, 2017.

  1. BuddysRick

    BuddysRick Registered Users

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    I signed my pup up for Obedience classes. The instructor seems very experienced but she doesnt use a clicker. The training room has a lot of echo and Im worried that If I bring my clicker its going to be too distracting for everyone. Its a group class with about 8 or so people.

    Ive been doing clicker training and my boy seems to respond to it well. Should I just take my clicker and continue on or try teaching with using Yes! as the marker for the class like the instructor would like and then do clicker at home? I dont want things to get too confusing.
     
  2. Jyssica

    Jyssica Supporting Member Forum Supporter

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    I took my clicker and asked if I was okay to use it. The trainer said yes, she said (and someone please correct me if she is wrong)... that the dog focuses in on you... its you PLUS the clicker that is training him.. so she told me if 5 people brought clickers after the 1st few cliks the dog would focus on only me...
     
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    I don't think it will matter. I use the clicker sometimes, but I never used it during class. We all used "yes." 5 owners saying yes at the same time doesn't really seem to phase each individual pup. They seem to only respond to the person they are actively engaged with at the time. Besides, assuming that none of the other pups have been exposed to a click before, they wouldn't know what to do with it.
     
  4. JenBainbridge

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    I started off with a clicker but after obedience classes just use "good".

    I find it much easier as I never have to carry a clicker now and it seems to do just as well :)
     
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    If I forget my clicker I use good and it works fine. I went on a clicker training course with Mabel held in the trainers front room and we all had loads of fun and no confusion at all.
     
  6. snowbunny

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    You don't distract the other dogs and if the trainer says that then they're wrong. I've been in classes with everyone clicking away - more than that, I use my clicker with all three of my dogs in the room - and they all know who the click is for. But, if you'd rather use a word, then it's always handy to have one anyway for when you don't have your clicker with you. I still prefer to use my clicker, but use "yes" either when I don't have it, or when I can't use the clicker, for example, if it's going to be too awkward (trimming nails), or too close to their head (brushing teeth etc).
     
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  7. Xena Dog Princess

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    Sometimes I use my clicker at training, mostly I don't. With one exception, I've always been the only person at training to use a clicker. I don't think it distracts people because we're all so focussed on our dogs.
     
  8. BuddysRick

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    Great replies. Thanks!
     

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