Clicker Training Heel for Dogs and Puppies
The word “clicker” refers to a device used to train dogs with positive reinforcement. A clicker is a small metal bar attached to a chain or rope. When the bar is pressed against the floor, it means that the command has been given and the dog must do something appropriate (like come when called). If you press down on the button, then nothing happens. If you keep pressing down, the dog will eventually get tired of waiting and start doing what you want him to do.
Clickers are very effective at teaching a dog to perform certain behaviors, such as sit, stay, down, and other commands. They’re also good for increasing obedience skills if done correctly.
A clicker is not just useful for training puppies; they can be used successfully in any type of canine behavior problem. For example, if you have a dog that barks excessively, you could use a clicker to teach him to stop barking. You might also use one to teach your dog to sit and stay when called.
Some trainers recommend using clickers only for training puppies, but I don’t think that’s necessary unless the puppy is too young or not yet socialized enough to learn from his own actions. However, if you have a dog with behavior problems, I would not recommend using a clicker to train him. He will have enough on his mind and will be struggling to learn the exercises; he doesn’t need anything else to think about.
How to Teach a Dog to Heel off Leash Using a Clicker
The first thing you should do when teaching your dog to heel off-leash is decide what you want him to do when he hears the word “heel.”
Sources & references used in this article:
- Training dogs and training humans: Symbolic interaction and dog training (JB Greenebaum – Anthrozoös, 2010 – Taylor & Francis)
- Reaching the animal mind: clicker training and what it teaches us about all animals (K Pryor – 2009 – books.google.com)
- The thinking dog: Crossover to clicker training (GT Fisher – 2009 – books.google.com)
- Dog training methods: their use, effectiveness and interaction with behaviour and welfare (EF Hiby, NJ Rooney… – … -POTTERS BAR THEN …, 2004 – pdfs.semanticscholar.org)