What is a clicker?
A clicker is a small plastic box with a thin metal strip inside which, when pressed, makes a clicking sound. The clicker is used like a camera; the instant the dog offers the desired behaviour, click the clicker in the same way as you would take a photo. The click is ALWAYS followed by a reward, normally food. The dog learns to associate the sound of the clicker with a reward and only when the dog offers a desired behaviour will they be clicked and in turn given an appropiate behaviour. It's important that the clicker is used immediately the dog offers the behaviour; the reward can be given after the click and doesn't have to be immediate. If you give the click at the wrong time the dog will associate the sound with the behaviour they are doing at that moment not what we perceived as the behaviour that we were looking for.
Dogs have very sensitive hearing so hold the clicker away from the dog; it is not a remote control or used to attract the dogs behaviour like a whistle! Clickers are a wonderful tool to teach a new behaviour. Once the dog has learned the behaviour then the clicker can be phased out and replaced with a word cue.
*Note clickers may vary in colour
We offer a choice of two clickers the traditional box clicker with branding of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (UK) and the Karen Prior i-Click.
Leading Washington trainer, Terry Ryan's Clik Stik is the all-in-one clicker and retractable target stick perfect for trick and target training!
Terry Ryan says, "The Clik Stik combination frees up one of the trainer's hands. This combination means there's one less piece of equipment to drop, juggle or lose!"
A wonderful tool for teaching targeting, contacts and weave poles, send-aways or go-outs, heeling, and lots more. Target extends from 6 to 23 inches, and the handle includes a belt clip for easy carrying.
Check out Emily Larlham's video introducing clicker training