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The Advantages Of Training Dogs By Clicker Method

Author : Rod Pinto

There are many good reasons why dog training is important. The prime reason among them is of course your dog’s safety. A trained dog is a pleasure to be with. Apart from these, it helps you keep your home clean and tidy and keeps visitors safe from unexpected dog attacks.

One of the most popular training methods being increasingly preferred by dog owners is the clicker Training. It’s a dog training method based on positive reinforcement coupled with tender handling of the dog. This method has minimal physical intervention from the trainer or dog handler. A simple device called the clicker, which creates a distinctive metallic sound, is used in this method to train the dog. Dog training by clicker has been scientifically authenticated and has been proved to be highly effective.

The system uses a ‘click and the treat’ technique where the dog gets a treat or reinforcement the moment it performs a certain behavior. An association is created between the task and the reward or the ‘click and the treat’. By doing this repeatedly, the dog gets the message that this is what it is expected to do. The dog also gets used to the rewards immediately the very moment it does the task. Using the technique repeatedly establishes the required connection.

The Clicker training method has been widely used with amazing results in marine mammals training. In fact, the Clicker method is routinely used to train aquatic animals, the only difference being; instead of clickers they use whistles. It is common to see dolphin trainers use whistles based on the same clicker concept to make them perform a somersault in a pool.

There is no hard and fast rule that you must use a clicker to get your dog trained properly. But the sound you use must be distinct and should not be used for anything else. Clicker is used because it creates a sound that is very different and unique.

A dog trained by clicker will perform tasks better and with more agility as compared to training by other methods. It also helps improve the communication between the trainer and the dog. Reinforcement at the right moment is absolutely crucial for the method to produce faster results.

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Rodrigo Pinto authors the website Cachorrao Adestramento de Cães a dog training website in Brazil. He also teaches dog owners how to train their dogs.

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