Thursday, April 3, 2014

A to Z Challenge: C is for Clickers

Today's letter is C! The clicker is something that I've attempted to use multiple times. Dobby was first introduced to a clicker when he was just over a year old. We were visiting family and my uncle was playing with Dobby with the clicker (their dog was trained using a clicker so he knew what he was doing) but Dobby was scared to death of the loud noise it made.
 
 After that I hadn't tried the clicker again until recently. I began trying the clicker about a week ago and Dobby is still afraid on the noise. I've tried every method I could to prime him for the clicker including going through almost a whole bag of treats but nothing helps.
 
 
Normally as a marker I use the word "yes" which functions in the same way as the clicker for letting the dog know what you want. Currently, Dobby's working on standing on top of an object so that we can eventually move to standing in a bowl. I use the word use as soon as his feet touch the bowl. As he succeeds I ask for more before I give the "yes" marker and reward.
 
One of Dobby's many tricks taught using the word "yes" as a marker instead of a clicker.
 
What marker or training tools do you use?
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  1. Mom Kim here - when both Shiloh and Diva Shasta were going through their obedience training classes then training for their CGC evaluations, I tried them with the clicker a few times - whenever I did use it THEY did fine however it was MY lack of coordination that interfered, They would do the desired behavior but because of my own disability, I was not fast enough with the clicker response so instead, I started using the word yes or the words good job. It worked fine either way.
    Shiloh'n Diva Shasta

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    1. I'm barely able to give the yes on time, with the clicker it's even more difficult!

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  2. I wrote about clickers today, too! I couldn't find our very first clicker, which was red and yellow, but nowhere near as cute as your little bone-shaped ones! The clicker worked wonders with our first dog, Isis, but Leo doesn't really get it. Now I'm trying it with some shelter dogs who need to learn to focus.

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    1. My clicker looks just like those except it's pink!

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  3. I use a whole mixture! Sometimes for very precise movements, I'll use a clicker. More often I use the marker word "good" (shorter and more positive than yesssssss). And sometimes I'll do a treat tossed at exactly the point/location the behavior is offered so he doesn't learn to stare at the treat bag or food, it appears at the spot I want him kind of thing. Lots of body behavior, acting, emotion in the training though - lots of toys used because he likes them more than food.

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    1. I try to vary the "yes" with good boy or good dog. Dobby is very food motivated so that technique sound like it would work.

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  4. Clicker training around here is a work in progress. The boys do respond to those disc things someone in Europe was kind enough to send me. I'll have to work on the clicker more often. They're good boys, though :) Those clickers are CUTE!!

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