Verbal “Clicker” Training

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Verbal “Clicker” Training
Clicker training is both a training technique and a training philosophy and is based on BF Skinner’s theory of Operant Conditioning. In clicker training, trainers use a marker – usually a noisemaker called a clicker – to identify behaviours that they like. Then, after they mark the behaviour, they reinforce the behaviour, usually with a treat. The theory of Operant Conditioning says that reinforced (rewarded) behaviours are more likely to be repeated.
In clicker training the click or marker is a “moment in time” that pinpoints the activity that is being trained. It tells the dog that what he has just done is right and that he is going to be rewarded for it. So, when I see my dog has done what I want him to do, I click at the right moment before giving him a reward. The dog must learn that it is his behaviour that makes the reward come out. He must figure out what he needs to do to make me give him a reward. Read the rest of this entry »

Understanding Dog Play

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Understanding Dog Play


All too often, dog owners misread the language of dogs interacting with one another. They confuse innocent play as dangerous fighting and separate the dogs before they have actually started playing. They do not recognise a play bow as an invitation to play or often do not realise that what is actually aggressive behaviour that should be stopped. It is most important for dog owners to learn and recognise what dogs are saying to each other through their play. Read the rest of this entry »




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