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Title: The lowdown on dog clicker training


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The lowdown on dog clicker training
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Dog training is a necessity when you make the
decision to keep a dog as a pet.Dogs,
particularly larger ones, must be obedient, or
keeping them becomes extremely hard work.
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In addition to their appreciation for being
fed, as pack animals dogs have natural
instincts that favour training. These
instincts are manifested as a desire to
please a trainer. This gives the dog trainer an
unbeatable edge in shaping the dog's behaviour.
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While dogs can be trained for complicated,
serious actions, such as rescue work, circus
acts, or medical diagnosis, there are certain
elements of training that almost all dogs can
learn, to the benefit of both dog and trainer.
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Basically, dog training is about communication.
The trainer is communicating to the dog what
behaviours are correct in what circumstances. A
successful trainer must also understand the
communication that the dog sends to the them. The
dog can signal that he is unsure, confused,
nervous, happy, excited, etc. The emotional state
of the dog is an important consideration in
directing the training.
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Dog training clickers are great training
tools. They are effective training tools
for puppies or dogs because dog clickers make a
very distinct sound, letting you control your
timing, and eliminate the inflection in your
voice that can hinder dog training
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Dogs are very sensitive to inflections in your
voice, and training your dog with a clicker
eliminates the inflections and you can train more
effectively, even if you are in a crabby mood or
are getting short-tempered during the training
session.
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Now that you've got a dog clicker it is time to
train your dog to get used to the tool. First
thing, get a pocket full of small, edible treats
ready and, for easy access, get a nice clicker
treat bag. Then you can lure the dog with the
treat or go to the dog with the clicker and some
treats.
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Click the clicker, and give the dog a nice treat.
At this point, it doesnt matter what hes doing
at the moment, since you basically are training
your dog to learn that when there's a click
there's a treat. You can continue the process of
making clicks and rewarding with treats until
you've trained your dog to react quickly with the
turn of his head and he gives you all his
attention when he hears the sound of the
clicker. This process probably won't really
take much time, but you've got to make
him react with your clicker before you move on
to the next clicker training step.
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Whatever stage of training you have reached,or
whatever method of training you may have chosen,
always remember these golden rules
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1. Be Positive -- It is necessary to use
positive reinforcement when you train your dog or
puppy by offering some dog treats and a lot of
praise if he does something correctly. During the
initial training sessions you can offer both
praise and treats.
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2. Firm and Friendly -- When you give commands
such as stay and come, you want to use a happy,
friendly voice. On the other hand, you will want
a lower, firmer voice for sit, down, and stay.
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3. Start Youngbut not too early - The ideal
time to start training begins at six to eight
weeks, maybe even earlier depending on the
puppy. But remember, you can teach old dogs new
tricks.
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4. Be Patient - Patience is vital when you work
with your dog or puppy. If you feel like youre
at the end of your rope before youve even
started, dont attemp t to train your dog. Your
dog is incredibly smart and will pick up on your
emotions.
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5. Keep it Short - Fifteen minutes or so is
about the right time for learning simple
commands, so consentrate on a single command a
session and end it on a positive note. If your
dog or pup has successfully done the command
several times in a row remember to smother him
with praise. After the dog training session,
spend some time playing. He will associate time
with you as positive and look forward to his
training.
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6. No Distractions - Try to pick a quiet place
free of distractions when training your dog. A
secluded garden or a quiet inside room works
best. If there are other pets in the family, put
them separate so they wont interfere with
training.
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7. Remember, both you and the dog should enjoy. -
Dog training, of course, should be a pleasant
time for you and your dog. The time can be used
to bond closely with your dog and learn each
others personalities. When you do this, you will
not only have a well-trained dog or puppy, but a
longtime, loyal companion and friend.
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To Learn More About Dog Training, go to
http//howtohousetraindog.com/go/dog-training htt
p//howtohousetraindog.com/go/theonlinedogtrainer
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