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Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by Old Shep, Apr 16, 2011.


  1. Old Shep

    Old Shep PetForums VIP

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    First of all, apologies if this has been raised before.

    My 6 year old collie is getting a bit bored as he can no longer do serious agility and I was thinking of using clicker training to teach him some tricks and just to generally make him use his little brain. He's a typical collie who has undergone a personality change since my older dog died a couple of months ago!!

    I did try using a clicker many years ago, but the book I had (I can't remember its name, it was a very small pamphlet-type which came with the clicker) just confused me and I gave up. In the interim, I have read a lot more around training and learning in general and feel I have a better grasp of what it's about.

    Can anyone recommend a good book, which is clear and concise?
     
  2. Old Shep

    Old Shep PetForums VIP

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    32 views and no replies? Anyone?
     
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    sorry no advice, didnt want to read and run. i hope you get an answer soon as it is also something i am interested in learning to do x
     
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    Kikopup has lots of starter and more advanced stuff on her YT channel: YouTube - kikopup's Channel

    And lots here too: YouTube - supernaturalbc2008's Channel

    Clicking with your dog by Peggy Tillman is great. Kay Laurence has a new one that i haven't read yet The Perfect Foundation. And Click for Joy by Melissa Alexander is a classic!

    clickertraining.com gives lots of info on the basics. Also clickersolutions.com is excellent.
     
  5. kat&molly

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    Karen Pryor is also said to be good.
    I've just got a clicker, only done a bit of target stuff so far, and I've been teaching Molly a sendaway- it was a bit difficult as one of our Bantam Chickens kept pinching the treats from the mat!
    Hope it perks your dog up,I'll be checking out those links.:)
     
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    Recycling an answer for links on Clicker.

    If you're saying someting like a happy "Yesss!" during training already (or good), then you have the idea of "marker" alreday, you just need to practice the preciser timing and dexterity for clicking. Your dog will cotton on soon enough, and if he's used to "earning" then charging it up with something tasty should be easy.
     
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  7. Old Shep

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    Wow! What a lot of resources!! I'll be getting on to them asap.


    He's a really smart cookie--something I have not appreciated till my old dog died. I'm pretty sure Tip was much more intimidated/freaful of Shep than I realised and this had affected his ability to concentrate and learn. He's really come out of his shell post-Shep. A lot of his "wierd" behaviours have also disappeared and without any help from me. I do feel a bit guilty now about how much stress he must have lived with as a constant in his enviornment and this has made me decide that I'll not be getting another dog anytime soon--maybe never as long as Tip's here. He deserves some peace.

    Thanks everyone!

    BTW Shep was a lovely dog, I'm not sure why he put the fear of god into Tip.
     
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    Crossover to clicker is a really great book, it explains so much and has lessons in it
     
  10. Old Shep

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    Just ordered 2 books from Amazon; Clicker Training and Don't Shoot the Dog--noth Karen Pryor (who I had never heard of before).

    I'll let you know how I get on!

    Thanks everyone :thumbup:
     
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    Mary Rae's dancing with dogs is good explains how to shape tricks with a clicker. The canis clicker training academy is good for explaining how to switch over
     
  12. Pawsitive

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    only just seen this thread but karen pryor is great - i have those books too and really enjoyed them - especially don't shoot the dog.

    only skimread the other resources so apologies if you've had this already but her website is full of helpful info clickertraining.com

    How is the training going? :)
     
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