Will it work for my pet?
Harmony, Maine Coon cat
Many owners wonder if clicker training will work for their pet, afterall, each animal is unique. The answer is YES! Clicker training is effective with many species, not just dogs. It is also used to teach marine mammals, fish, cats, wild animals, birds, horses, and people, to name just a few.
With clicker training, it really is possible to herd cats! Check out this short Clicker segment on CNN!

Clicker Joy!
Joyful training, powerful results

Clicker Technique

Daisy Mae loves to learn

Clicker training is a system of teaching that combines science and behavior analysis. The underlying principle of clicker training is the use of positive reinforcement for desired behaviors. The reward you provide is something that your dog really loves - yummy treats cut into small pieces are effective for most dogs. 

This reinforcement increases the likelihood that your dog will repeat the behavior. The clicker is used as an event 'marker,' which pinpoints the precise behavior that you want your dog to repeat (learn). The precision of the clicker gives us a way to clearly communicate what we want.

Accelerated, Error-free Learning 

Yellow Lab, Frieya is not afraid of mud
Clicker training accelerates learning because your dog is fully involved with the learning process. You'll decide what you want your dog to learn and we'll focus on the most effective way to produce that behavior, including breaking it down into small steps.

Your dog will be encouraged to figure out which behavior produces the reward (reinforcement), which generates enthusiasm and excitement. Clicker trainers never use punishment. Punishment creates anxiety and results in avoidance, when the dog is more focused on avoiding the punishment than obtaining the reward.

Lifetime Learning

Clicker training has been shown to have a lasting effect, even for wild animals that have been rehabilitated and released back into the wild. Researchers conducting health checks on these animals have discovered that those who were clicker trained while in captivity continue to respond to clicker directions and willingly submit to medical exams, even years later! This not only reduces stress to the animal, but it also minimizes the safety risks for researchers. 
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