Clicker Dog Training – Can it Really Accelerate Training Time?

Dog training can be a frustrating and difficult process for all involved. A technique which is quickly gaining popularity is clicker training. It is still a comparatively new tool for training your dog, but in recent years it has become very popular amongst professionals who have begun to see the benefits of its use.

Clicker training is a method of training your dog which relies upon the trainer giving positive reinforcement, alongside a marker signal, the clicker, to emphasise and build a new behavior or command.  Clicker training popularity is increasing as many trainers have found this technique to be beneficial for both the dog and owner.

The main reason for the success of clicker training is due to it being a reward based training method and it has been proven that animals, especially dogs respond well to this. Clicker training, can and will significantly accelerate the time it takes to train your dog, the combination of the ease of use of the clicker and its basis on positive reinforcement will make the whole experience much more pleasurable, for both the dog and the trainer. As experienced dog trainers in Surrey we thoroughly recommend clicker training.

The clicker itself, can be purchased from any good pet store, other homemade clickers which you could use are a whistle or a ball point retractable pen. The clicker along with a reward which is desirable to your dog, are the two requirements for successful clicker training.

The most vital aspect of clicker training is timing. When carrying out the training, as the trainer you must ensure that the click happened exactly as the action takes place, then the dog should receive the reward directly afterwards, this mirrors exactly how dogs learn naturally.

When your dog has become familiar with the clicker training technique and you feel comfortable using it, you can then move on to begin to introduce some training cues so that your dog learns to respond to the clicks in a certain way when you want it to.