5 Steps To Charging The Clicker – Clicker Training Basics From The Labrador Site

5 Steps To Charging The Clicker – Clicker Training Basics From The Labrador Site

The first step is to understand what a “click” means. A click is when your dog barks or growls at something that’s been presented to him. Your dog may bark because it’s food, water, another human being, or anything else.

If you’re teaching your puppy how to sit, you might give her a treat every time she sits correctly. You could teach your pup to wait until you say “sit,” but if he doesn’t listen, then you have to do something different.

If your dog is barking at something other than a treat, like a person, car or even another dog, then you need to use a command such as “No!” or “Stop!” instead of just giving the treat.

Once you’ve learned the basic commands, you’ll want to start using them with your dog’s favorite things. For example, if your dog loves playing fetch, then you’d go out and play fetch with him while teaching him the basic commands. Then once he understands those simple commands, you can move on to more challenging tasks such as chasing squirrels or retrieving lost items from under the bed.

The second step is to teach your dog how to chase squirrels. Go out to a local park where there are plenty of squirrels running around. The best time to do this is either early in the morning or late in the evening.

Hold the piece of food (be it an apple, carrot, or anything edible) and act excited. Show your dog that you have the food and start running in circles. Keep doing this until the squirrel goes up a tree. Once the squirrel goes up the tree, stop running in circles and stand completely still. Eventually the squirrel will either come down from the tree or move far enough out on a branch that your dog can see it clearly. Let your dog see the squirrel and let him try to get the food from you. If he tries to grab the food, then say “Oops!” in a disappointed voice and don’t give him the food. If he doesn’t try to take the food, then say “Good!” and give him the treat. Once your dog is happy about getting the treat, repeat the earlier step where you run in circles and encourage your dog to follow you. If your dog gets distracted and doesn’t follow you, then stop immediately and don’t reward him with the treat. Instead, go back a few steps and make it easier for him to follow your lead. After repeating this process for a while (always making it a little easier each time) your dog should be able to follow you in a wide circle without losing focus.

The third step is to teach your dog how to retrieve whatever it is you want him to retrieve. In order to do this, you’ll need the help of someone else. Have that person stand far away from you, far enough that your dog can’t possibly bite him, but close enough that he can still be seen.

Have that person hold something you want your dog to retrieve, such as a stuffed animal or a Frisbee. Tell the person to wave the item around a bit to get your dog’s attention and then, while your dog is watching, have the person toss the item in your direction. As soon as your dog sees the item being thrown, run backwards as fast as you can. Your dog should notice the movement and attention of you running away and follow you. When your dog reaches you, say “Fetch!” or “Get it!” then turn around and walk in the direction opposite from where the item was thrown while praising your dog. If your dog doesn’t go for the item, walk towards the item yourself but do not touch it. Just act excited about it being there and praise your dog when he arrives. Once your dog catches on, have the person start throwing the item in different directions and in different ways. Eventually you can start using toys instead of items and your dog should be able to follow the same routine.

5 Steps To Charging The Clicker – Clicker Training Basics From The Labrador Site from our website

As always, be patient and consistent while training your dog. Your dog will only be able to follow along if you are predictable in what you want him to do. So once you’ve taught your dog a routine, stick with it until the dog can accomplish that one task (retrieving, in this case) without making any major mistakes.

Once your dog has mastered the routine of retrieving, you can get as creative as you want with what you have him retrieve. The goal, after all, is to make the fetching fun and games for both you and your dog.

Sources & references used in this article: