How to Clicker Train Your Dog

by Melissa R. on August 29, 2012

Example Clicker

Example Clicker

Sounds kinda funny, right? Clicker Training? What is it?

A “Clicker” is usually a small plastic box that has a metal strip in it. When you press the metal strip, it makes a “click”.

Using the “Click” to associate “GOOD DOG!” to your dog is the goal. A click is faster and easier, and far less tiring than saying “GOOD DOG!” a hundred times a day while you train as well.

Training your dog

Training your dog

To train your dog what the “Click” means – you “Click”, then immediately give them a treat. Continue to do this until it seems your dog knows a click means TREAT! Now the click is a positive reinforce for you to use while training your dog!

The Click shouldn’t completely replace the use of treats in training, but they can be used less. It is important to continue to reinforce the Click with a treat so the Clicker doesn’t lose its effectiveness. Typically, treating along with Clicks is used most often.

Test to see if your dog has learned the Click means treat sometime while he is not paying attention to you. If you Click, and your dog looks to you, or comes over to you, you know your dog is ready to start training with the Clicker.

Give it a try with your pet! Buy dog training Clickers here.


About the author: Melissa is a devoted pet owner with several cats: Kai, Cirrhi & Ritter; and the newest addition, Emme a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever. Melissa is an avid dog agility enthusiast, and hopes her new pup will someday be an agility champion! She is a Graphic Designer and Project Coordinator for the and websites. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Michigan State University and is a lifelong pet lover and owner. See more articles by Melissa R.

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Fleas on humans September 5, 2012 at 4:34 am

A very good tool for training my dogs! Instead of saying good dog over and over again, I can just easily click on the button. Well, on the first week it was hard but my dog did have it on the next few days that a click means treat!!! I think my dog is now ready for a new training. I know it would be hard for me and to my dog but hey! It will benefit both of us. I won’t get tired that much and my dog will be attentive to me all the time.

John Padernia September 14, 2012 at 10:57 pm

My self I find giving your dog a small treat each time he / She does what you tell them to do.That way your dog looks forward to be rewarded when they do good.

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