Clicker Training for Dogs

QEL code 1000
CPD 10
Estimated Study Time 10 Hours
Start Date Anytime
Study mode Online
Award type Certificate
Assessment Method Short answer questions to confirm your knowledge
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Unit # 1

Understand the two most important learning theories that are the foundations for clicker training and learn the four quadrants of dog training and which quadrants are most protective for a dogs welfare.

Unit # 2

Learn how to start implementing clicker training into a dogs learning journey. Learn about different training techniques and why clicker training is an effective way to train a dog.

Clicker Training

Clicker training is about opening up a conversation between you and your dog. Within that conversation, ‘training’ can happen as we understand it: asking our dogs to perform certain behaviours put on cue.
Clicker training can be about teaching a dog fun tricks: paw, spin, roll over, speak, jump, weave, bring out the washing… (even complex behaviour chains such as a dog pulling washing out of a machine and putting it into a basket can be achieved with clicker training!).

 Clicker Training a Dog

Clicker training can also be about teaching a dog some fundamental life skills: keeping four paws on the floor when greeting someone, walking nicely on a lead, responding to their name, coming back when called, connection work.
Furthermore, clicker training can be about helping a dog through a behaviour difficulty as a result of underlying negative emotions. Clicker training can help in teaching a dog to ignore dogs the other side of the road instead of react to them, for example.

Do you need a Clicker for Clicker Training?

Clicker training does not necessarily involve a clicker.
Clicker training just opens us up to the success of using a sound to mark a behaviour that is wanted. This sound could be the click of a clicker; but it could also be the sound of tongue clicking, a word such as “yes”, the peep of a whistle, a pen lid clicking. Or, for deaf dogs, the marker could be something like a thumbs up.
Dogs (or indeed any animal) trained through positive reinforcement methods with a marker signal such as a clicker, is given the opportunity to become playful, intelligent, curious and motivated in further training.


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