Clicker training is a technique that is highly successful for training dogs. The trainer uses a simple clicker that can be purchased from most pet stores and the dog is trained to respond to the sound of the clicker.
The dog will quickly learn that the sound of the clicker is followed by a reward and they will respond to commands when the clicker is used knowing that a reward is to follow. It is a great technique for home training of dogs as it is a simple technique that the owner can use to get fast results.
Some other dog training techniques can be a little difficult to master and unless the trainer has a good understanding of the training process it can become quite frustrating when the results don’t come as fast as expected. Clicker training generally gets results relatively fast and the owner and the dog can have a lot of fun during the training with both parties getting what they want out of the training sessions.
Clicker training leaves the dog with no doubt what it needs to do to get the reward. Clicker training doesn’t involve any forms of punishment if the dog doesn’t do as it is told, because it will know that it will not get the reward.
Punishment training can lead to confusion where the dog does not know what it has done wrong and this confusion can lead to an unhappy dog. There is no such problem with Clicker training. It is actually a form of positive reinforcement for the dog and this will help it bond and build a better relationship with it’s owner. Dogs have also been shown to learn a lot faster when positive reinforcement is used rather than any form of punishment. It is much better to let them know when they have done something well rather than bad and this process can also be used to eliminate bad behavior.