“What’s with all of this baby talk when I sit down?” That is exactly what your dog is asking when you are teaching them tricks. They don’t know what you’re saying, but this high-pitched sentence becomes the phrase of their lives: “Good doggy!” None of us would want to hear something like that from our parents. Why do it do your dog? ‘Good doggy’ doesn’t even imply what the dog is doing right. It most likely just annoys them. (Which is why they haven’t been jumping up on your lap lately) Find an easier way to train your dog other than hearing yourself talk. You should use the dog clicker training method.
Dog clickers have been slowly growing their popularity over the past 10 years in households and in actual pet obedience classes. Dog trainers have been using dog clickers during their training sessions in order to teach dogs the proper way to behave. You can do it, too! Give your dog a great learning experience by using the dog clicker training method. Don’t know what dog clicker training is? Well, it is time for you to learn about clicker training before your dog does.
Clicker training consists of the clicker, your dog, you, and a dog treat. Clicker training is all about marking good behavior. An easy way to start the training process is to show them that sitting is a good thing. When your dog is already sitting, grab the clicker and a treat. Stand in front of your cuddly canine and say, “Sit!” After you tell them to sit, you click the dog clicker to show them that sitting is a good thing. They will look at your like your nuts but then love you the moment after because they will get a treat. The sound of the clicker will constantly be a reminder to them that whatever they are doing right leads to something delicious. This first step marks the good behavior that they are showing without even knowing what they are doing right. All they know right now is that it means a piece of steak might be the outcome.
“A click is introduced as a conditioned stimulus to tell the dog when it is doing something worth value.”
If you are patient, clicker training will leave you stress free with an obedient pup. Slowly catching onto the concept of what ‘sit’ actually means, you will no longer need the clicker for that specific trick. However, there doesn’t have to be a trick that is taught. Clicker training is also used for positive reinforcement. Using the clicker when your dog walks to the door when they have to go to the bathroom is an excellent way to show them they are doing the right thing. This action is not necessarily a trick, but the right thing to do when they have to go number one or number two.
Dog clicker training is the one way that you can be sure to train your dog in the proper manner. There is no scolding. You would give them a stern ‘no’ when they do something that they shouldn’t. If your dog is constantly hiding from you, then you are the one who is doing something wrong. Give them a great learning experience by using the dog clicker training method. You will see that your life with your dog will become a happier one!