Why Dog Trainings Are Important


Human beings have always been in the habit of controlling and using dogs, but the habit of controlling and using dogs by its very nature of being a pack animal has allowed man to subdue and train the dog to act in the interests of the group. Thus, dogs do have a tendency to man’s advantage and therewith the possibility of controlling the dog by using his prey drive or by bribing it with food and other stuffs, not to mention that the dog is trained to act according to human directions and so there is co-operation and understanding between dog and man.

The clicker training method of dog training is one of the methods that use the dog’s prey drive or instinct. That is to say, the deliberate clicking of a small metal or clicking device to demonstrate to the dog that his actions are pleasing to you. At the same time, the owner or trainer is training the dog using these means or techniques.

The dog is trained to perceive and obey the clicking sound through the use of a tackle, which is the objective of the exercise. Thus, the dog is trained to understand that the clicking sound results to a reward. Hence, once the metal clicker is used, the dog is trained to assume that a reward is given every time the metal clicker is clicked.

The initial phases of training involve registration of the gestures or signals that would result to the clicks. These are things like sit, stand, run, come and so on. As a part of this training the dog is trained to understand that its owner or trainer issues commands in response to these gestures or signals.

As a part of this training the dog is trained to respond to the voice of the owner or trainer. This is important since the dog is trained to judge the messages that are issued by the owner. If the owner issues commands in response to the signals that it receives that the handler is issuing commands in response to these commands, the dog issues commands in response to the correct response that is exhibited by the handler.

Dog clicker training enables the dog to be trained simply because it eliminates the use of voice commands. This type of training is very easy to apply, and it involves no participation from the handler. One simply makes the clicking sound and gives a reward when the dog exhibits the desired behavior.

One must apply the dog clicker training on a regular, daily basis. One must click the device every time the dog obeys the command. This will register into the dog’s mind the fact that the clicking sound results to a reward. The same principle applies to the rewards that are given to the dog.

The same principle applies to the type of clicker used. One must have a metal clicker with a rounded end so that it would not be twisted into a garbled mess. If the handler cloves the clicker when the dog exhibits a desirable behavior, it is advisable to reward the dog initially with a treat. Hence, it is not advisable to reward the dog initially with a clap.

The clicker must be alternative so that it would not break down. hence, it is important to click it along with the required behavior. One must choose a clicker that has a one-minute activation.

The clicking sound should be a sort of guttural growl. It should not be combined with the word “good” since the dog should not understand the word “good” at this point. The dog must be trained to click the clicker when it observe the required behavior.

After the dog is trained to recognize the clicker and the required behavior, it is possible to move to the next phase of the training. The next phase will require the dog to be trained to associate the clicker sound with a reward. This is often referred to as the cue response phase.

Again, one must click the clicker when the dog is exercising the desired behavior. For example, when it is heeling on right, the trainer should give the “click” command and make a click with his marker and the dog, and then treat the dog when the dog heeds the command. This is the basic idea of the clicker training.

One must be very careful to apply the clicker on the right time. If the handler silences the clicker when the dog is making noise, the dog may fail to understand the cue response and the association of the cue and the desired behavior will be missed. So, the trainer should choose a quiet time when he/she wants to treat the dog.

Again, a treat is given as the reward. When the dog follows the trainer’s command and exhibits the desired behavior, it should be followed by a click and a treat. This is the basic idea of the clicker training.

This type of training is often referred to as operant conditioning.