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Dog Clicker training is the conditioning of dogs with the use of a mechanical device known as the “Clicker”. This device helps re-enforce when your dog or puppy has done something correctly and a sort of reward for good behaviors. The struggle of training or conditioning dogs has been a concern for many centuries.

The “Clicker” training started as a way to call or communicate with dolphins and flying animals like pigeons. It was not used for such things as dog training. However the idea of using devices to help with commands in training has been around for quite some time; clicker training has become a growing fade. The use of clicker training has proven effective in the training of horses as well.

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Training a dog with Clicker

There are a couple disadvantages of “Clicker” training such as the occasion for the dog to grow dependant on the “clicker” for show of good behaviors or the use in group settings can cause confusion in the dog trying to determine which clicker you are using. There are ways to wean your pet of the use of the clicker and it should only be used when you are teaching your dog new tricks or trying to re-enforce some older tricks.

The objective of training and teaching your dog tricks is always the same whether you use the clicker” a “whistle” or voice command” it is important to show reward when the your dog is showing good behaviors. Forming a bond with your puppy dog and showing them you are the “owner” and they are the “dog” will help with your effectiveness in training. Remembering to keep control while training and without will ensure that they will learn when they are being trained.

Clicker” training has been around since World War II it has been affective in training many animals including dogs and when done properly it can be a very affective tool with your puppy or dog!

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