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clicker training

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by Sam1309, May 24, 2010.


  1. Sam1309

    Sam1309 PetForums VIP

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    can someone please give me a nutshell explaination of clicker training??

    is it a reward based method, debating it for my puppy
     
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    Clicker training is very thoretical, because it's based on scientific research and because of that it's difficult to explain in a nutshell.

    But I'll give it a try :)

    In clicker training you use positive reinforcement and negative punishment (positive and negative has nothing to do with good or bad, more like plus and minus). In short, you reward behaviours that you want and ignore others. If the dog behaves in an unwanted way you don't punish it (except for taking away rewards), instead you teach it an alternative behaviour.

    It's not necessary to use a clicker to clicker train, but the clicker often is very useful. It has a distinct sound, it sounds the same all the time and the timing is better with a clicker.

    Clicker training is based on operant conditioning (trial and error-method) and in "real" clicker training you let the dog find out for itself what to do to get a reward- you don't lure it in any way. The clicker can also be used as a marker for reward even if you lure the dog, but in my opinion it's not as efficient as "real" clicker training. Both dogs and humans learn better from trial and error than from being shown what to do.
     
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