Clicker training was first used for
dolphins. By using the clicker the
trainers soon realized that they could give a clear answer to the animals when
they did something right. As time went
on dog trainers picked up clicker training and used it side by side with
Clicker training is normally paired
with a reward. This reward may be
treats, toys, or praise (something that the dog holds at great value). The dog must then think their way through the
problem and offer a behavior to the trainer/owner. If the dog offers the correct behavior the
trainer will click, telling the dog that it was the right behavior and then
rewards the dog. If the dog does the
wrong behavior the dog is not physically punished. The punishment in clicker training is not
gaining the reward. Using this type of
training method allows the dog to use its own brain power, and to learn without
living in fear or pain.
As the dog learns and remembers the
education given through the clicker training, it is time to remove the clicker
and treats. The dog will then keep on
working for a reward but it is now for praise and a happy owner.
Clicker training can offer a fast and reliable training
method that is humane. It also allows
the Owner and the dog to have a healthy relationship as they work for a better
education. It allows humans and dogs to
have a language that they both can understand.