Owners who may be considering seeking out one of the positive reinforcement options when training their dog, might consider Clicker Training. This simplistic and proven way of training uses a device that, when clicked, puts out a chirping sound. The clicking device, (usually is a metal strip in a plastic box) Other than scolding the dog for not obeying a command each time, or offering it a treat for doing something right each time, this should be considered as an effective reinforcement.
Give your dog a treat before you begin Clicker Training. When the animal understands the click, the trainer gives a treat. This is going to trigger the click and positive behavior. The dog will get conditioned to doing things as per its owner’s commands with the clicker and also learn the positive effects of that clicking sound. The clicker assures the dog they have done something that the owner is delighted with. Whether it is learning a new command, or obey a command they were not obeying in the past. The effectiveness of the clicker comes from the dog’s association of the click sound with a reward or treat, so to make sure the clicker maintains its value owners must still reward their dog with a treat occasionally.
A treat should be rewarded to a dog for only for occasional behavior, instead of every time it obeys a command, like performing an extremely difficult trick or obeying a command it found difficult for a long time. The dogs can learn quickly the commands and trick their owner is trying to teach with the use of the clicker and treat training, every so often the dogs will become conditioned to the two going simultaneously. Giving the dog a reward often will be a mechanism to get them to understand the positive meaning of the clicker, during the initial stages of using the clicker. As time goes on, giving them snacks only occasionally, and as one of the strongest prizes for really learning something difficult, will sustain the value of the clicker.
Do not forget a few things while using clicker training techniques. Take it easy at first, begin in a tranquil room with small snacks, and go very slowly. In the beginning, , you may also want to consider using the clicker device and repeating the clicking sound a few times in order for the dog to learn and become used to to the sound. From there, teaching basic commands, tricks, and any other behavior you are trying to get out of your dog can begin. At the beginning owners should do it slowly and calmly. Giving a treat for each command the dog learn will not be required, maybe after some time, this is ensuring the responses you are looking for now.
As with any other positive reinforcement training for dogs, Clicker Training for dogs will take practice and tolerance. At the end of it all, the dog owners will be thrilled to have found the least cumbersome way of training their dog who will then become their good friend for life.