Clicking too often can desensitize your dog to the sound, and it will forget that the click is a reward.
The clicker is a predictor for a reward, not the reward itself. In time if you stop using food, the clicker will lose it’s effectiveness. You can however phase out the clicker once your dog is consistently performing the behavior is a variety of different situations and contexts.
We use a clicker because the sound is distinct, unique and consistent. Most trainers find that the sound helps the dog focus better. Once the dog has actually learned the behavior many trainers stop using the clicker and use their voice instead. This is a good idea as we always have our voice with us. However the dog has to work harder at discriminating between the marker word you use and other words you use. This means that the dog’s brain is more occupied with that instead of learning. You dog has also learned to tune out your voice when what you say is not relevant to him or her the way we tune out a conversation that doesn’t involve us or get used to the sound of a clock ticking or traffic. The clicker on the other hand is only ever used for training and always means a reward will follow.
Click when your dog engages by looking at the trigger.
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It is training using almost entirely positive reinforcement - teaching your dog to learn... using no physical compulsion or corrections whatsoever. Sounds a bit unbelievable, but works incredibly well. Instead of yanking dogs around, shoving them into place, giving some praise, and hoping the dog will make the connection, dogs are taught using the scientific methods of classical & operant conditioning. Anyone questioning how reliable a dog taught this way can be should take a trip to Sea World. There, the Orcas, dolphins, etc., are taught using these same methods. After all... you can't slip a choke chain around a whale's neck & give a jerk! And yet, these lovely creatures perform flawlessly for audience after audience. And have a blast doing it. The whole enjoyment feature is what really turned me on to positive training. I love my dogs, and although I want them to be responsive to me I dislike hurting them! With clicker training I don't have to. This training works for every dog, from bold to timid, from tiny to giant. This is the type of training used for most (all?) animals trained for movie & TV work, too. Clicker training can be used to teach your dog (or just about any animal) regular pet obedience type behaviors (such as loose-leash walking) as well as more advanced competition, trick or service behaviors. You will love it... and so will your dog! The clicker itself is simply a little toy-like device that is used in the initial stages of training any behavior. It provides clear & precise communication between owner & dog and allows you both to concentrate on & enjoy the task at hand. You click at the exact moment the dog is performing whatever it is you want, and since you always follow that click with a tasty treat, the dog will learn to love the sound, and the work to make that sound happen! As part of the training, you teach the dog hand and/or verbal signals for each behavior. As the dog learns these, you phase out the clicker. It has completed its function, which was to communicate to your dog which behavior you desired. Learn all about the basics of clicker training, from the first steps to how to develop your skills. Then, discover insight and products for dogs, cats, and other animals.