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    New Puppy - Clicker training

    So last wednesday we got a new puppy, Black & White Springer Spaniel. We had been trying to teach it the basics, mainly just to learn/recognize his name and to come, nothing too over the top. We had mild success.

    This weekend my uncle introduced me to clicker training. Literally after about 15 mins of clicker training, the puppy would look at me after hearin his name, come to me when i patted my leg, would sit AND lay down on command! I was astonished at quickly he figured it out.

    Anyone have success with clicker training? Stories? tips?



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    Re: New Puppy - Clicker training

    what is clicker training? getting a new pup soon and interested



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    Re: New Puppy - Clicker training

    Quote Originally Posted by kcclones View Post
    what is clicker training? getting a new pup soon and interested
    Its hard for a puppy to know why he is receiving a treat because the treat is delayed from the actual action. So you start by 'loading the clicker' so the puppy associates the click with doing something good and getting a treat. Once he realizes the click means good, you can start training(this 'loading only took about 5-10 times)

    For example: You tell the pup to sit, when he starts leaning backwards to sit, you click and reward with treat. Tell him to sit again and wait til he gets closer to a sit, and click and then reward with treat. He soon realizes that what his action at the sound of the click is what he is getting rewarded for.

    http://dogs.about.com/od/dogtraining...ertraining.htm



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    Re: New Puppy - Clicker training

    Quote Originally Posted by kcclones View Post
    what is clicker training? getting a new pup soon and interested
    If you go to any decent obedience training classes they will use clicker training. The premise is your are bridging commands to behaviors by teaching the dog to associate the "click" with a correct response or a desired behavior. This is done by initially giving the dog a treat every time you click the clicker (known as "charging the clicker"). Dogs pick up on this amazingly fast (puppies and adults).

    A clicker is usually just a small plastic box with a piece of metal in it that you press which makes a loud "clicking sound". There are many different derivations.



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    Re: New Puppy - Clicker training

    Have they continued the behavior without the clicker?

    Also, good luck with your springer, I love those dogs.




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    Re: New Puppy - Clicker training

    We've done this and had great success. Although I did kind of struggle with the more advanced stuff like loose leash walking and not barking. However, it's a great and easy training tool. If I could provide any tips it would be to not overload the dog. It is exciting how quickly they pick up new things sometimes, but make sure it's still fun for them. If you're doing complicated things do it in small steps and click and treat each small steps until the whole routine is performed.



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    Re: New Puppy - Clicker training

    Quote Originally Posted by BryceC View Post
    Have they continued the behavior without the clicker?

    Also, good luck with your springer, I love those dogs.
    Yes, this morning i tested him to see if he had retained the training, he responded correctly everytime! Although, once he gets outside and has a thousand distractions, he likes to ignore me and act like a puppy.



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