Clicker Training


Wonder Puppy ClickerWonder Puppy teaches clicker training! The clicker is a positive reinforcement, training tool that has a button that makes a “click!” sound when you push it. When the click is consistently followed by food, it teaches your dog, “When I hear a click, a treat is on the way!" The click also tells your dog, "That exact thing I did – my parent likes that!" You can instantly mark good behavior - it's like taking a picture! The click snaps the picture of what you want, and your pup quickly memorizes the muscle movement each time the click happens. She will enthusiastically repeat the behavior in hopes of more clicks and treats. These repetitions will turn into your dog's good habits! Then, you are ready to label the behavior with a word or hand signal so you can ask for the behavior when you want it. Once your dog easily responds to a signal, you can begin to lessen how often you click and treat, randomly rewarding only the best responses.

Clicker training is fun, reliable, and a great way to improve your relationship with your puppy! By working together as a team and providing healthy mental stimulation, you can create a trusting bond and decrease your dog's likelihood of developing temperament problems. Originally used to train dolphins, clicker training has been successful at positively accelerating the learning process in many different species. In fact, it’s even being used to teach humans in sports, in the classroom, and more. Follow the instructions below and have fun trying it out with your puppy!

Learn to Clicker Train in Two Easy Steps!


Click & Treat the Behavior

Step 1 : Click & Treat the Behavior

At the exact moment a good behavior happens, "click," and then give your dog a treat and praise!

Helpful Tip: For the best clicker timing, think of your clicker as being a camera. You are taking a snapshot ("click pic") of your dog's good behavior, and paying for the nice performance with a treat!

Example: Click and treat "sit behavior”

Observe your dog for sitting behavior. When her rear end is about to land on the floor, “click,” and then toss a treat (C/T). Repeat this process until your dog is sitting quickly and repeatedly, so that you can predict when it is going to happen.


Step 2 : Lavel the Behavior with a Signal (Cue)

Once your dog is enthusiastically repeating a behavior, you’re ready to label the behavior with a verbal signal (a word) or a physical signal (hand signal). These are called cues (or commands) and will allow you to ask for the behavior when you want it.

To label a behavior, offer the signal just before your dog starts to do the behavior. This “pairs” the cue and behavior together. It will take 30-50 repetitions for the cue to become meaningful to your dog. Then, you can begin to mix in another activity (such as playing tug-of-war) between repetitions of the cue. This will help your dog to distinguish the cue from other activities and cues.

Example: Label sit behavior with the word "SIT"
Say the word “SIT” just before your dog begins to sit. Then, click and reward, like in Step 1. Do this for 30-50 repetitions. Then, alternate about 30 seconds of playing tug-of-war or ball with your dog with about 30 seconds of saying and rewarding “SIT.” This will help your dog distinguish the word “SIT” from other activities and words she knows. 
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