Learn How to Clicker Train
The click is a useful tool for training because, unlike a human voice, it is a unique sound that does not vary and is not heard by the dog in other situations. It can also be produced instantly at the exact moment a desired behaviour occurs, letting the dog know exactly what he did to get the reward. Even very quick or subtle behaviours can be clicked and therefore trained.
How is Clicker Training Different
Clicker training involves using a small clicker device that produces a distinct sound. With this technique dogs are trained to associate the sound of a click with a food reward. When they consistently make this association then the actual training for specific behaviours can begin.The essential difference between clicker training and other reward-based training is that the animal is told exactly which behaviour earned it a reward. This is communicated with a distinct and unique sound, a click, which is given at exactly the same moment as the desired behaviour occurs. The reward is then given after the click.