Q. My dog doesn't seem to get the idea of the dog clickers no matter how many I try. Do you have any recomendations for what I should use or do?


The clicker is used to MARK the behavior. The clicker is never used to get the dog to perform a certain behavior. After you have charged the clicker (as described in my other post) you should work on using it during training. Ask for a "sit" and the very second your dogs butt touches the ground, that is where you "click" and immediately follow the "click" with a treat. One "click" always equals one or more treats.. always.

Lure new behaviors using high value treats as shown in this video:

As soon as your dog performs the behavior (as soon as the elbows hit the ground when laying down, as soon as the butt touches the ground when sitting, as soon as the butt pops up when teaching stand like in this video:, as soon as the dog looks at you when working on attention, etc) you "click" and immediately follow up with multiple treats!

(All videos shown are my own).

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Have you worked on "charging" the clicker? Clickers are not magic. The dog does not automatically associate the clicker with "that's right!" until you've trained it.

What you should do is sit around your living room and do whatever you do (read/watch tv/listen to a podcast/surf the web/watch a movie/etc) and have a bag full of about 100 high value treats. Use treats like white meat chicken, turkey pepperoni, turkey bacon, cooked fish, diced ham, etc. Sit there with your pup, and randomly throughout the course of an hour or so, click and treat him. Pause for a minute or two, then click and immediately give/toss him a treat. Click, toss treat. Click treat. Wait a few minutes. Click treat. Wait a few minutes. Click treat.. Click treat... Click treat... Click treat.. wait a few minutes, click treat. This helps the dog understand the "click" means "a treat is on its way!"

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