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 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.