Clicker training training is all about a change of mental attitude, and you will learn to use your brain to train specific behaviours instead of using pain to elicit those same behaviours. It is used for everything from basic manners to competitive dog sports, to solving problems and eliminating undesirable behaviour and is an excellent training method to use. This form of The result of this form of training leads to happier dogs, happier trainers, better relationships and less frequent behavioural problems.
How Clicker Training Works
Dogs can learn by Classical Conditioning or Operant Conditioning.
With Classical Conditioning your dog learns by association, so when a stimulus such as food is paired many times with a neutral stimulus such as a bell the dog eventually associates the bell with food. In Operant Conditioning your dog learns a behaviour, that is the dog learns to repeat behaviours that work (Behaviours that are followed by consequences they like) and to avoid behaviours that don’t work (Behaviours that are followed by consequences they don't like).
Clicker training is a form Operant Conditioning using a small clicker that sounds loud enough to provide a clear form of communication with your dog, the sound of the clicker means the same thing every time, which is "Good Boy" or "well Done". It instantly lets your dog know what it has just done has earned a treat. This is different from the normal ‘Lure & Reward’ method of training in that the dog concentrates on learning the new behaviour, rather than just following a reward.