One of our favorite dog training approaches within Empowerment Training is Clicker Training. Clicker Training offers a fun and effective method of teaching dog behaviors that both the dog and their person will enjoy! Clicker Training is scientifically proven to speed up your dog’s learning.
How does Clicker Training for dogs work?
If the dog does what you want, (sitting, lying down, being quiet, or other behaviors) you use a clicker to click at the moment the behavior occurs. Then, you immediately reinforce the dog with a reward like a treat, a toy, or a game of tug. If the dog doesn’t do what you want, you don’t click and you don’t reward.
Clicker Training is also a wonderful way to teach your old dog new tricks! Clicker Training is a safe and effective training method for dogs at any age, from puppy training to beginner adult dogs to intermediate adult dogs.
Your dog will see Clicker Training as a fun game where the dog volunteers to perform the behaviors you want in order to earn the positive reinforcement. Best of all, the ongoing positive reinforcement builds an emotional bond between you and your dog, improves the dog’s motivation to perform desired behaviors, and reduces the likelihood of problem behaviors, like biting or lunging.
Clicker Training can be very effective for the basic obedience behaviors desired for a family pet, as well as high level skills like Dog Dock Jumping, Agility, Rally O, Disc Dog, or Competition Obedience. Click training may also be used to aid in Behavior Consulting.