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.
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!