Don’t get me wrong – if clicker training had a fan club, I’d be the president. I love clicker training. It’s not only an incredibly effective training technique, it’s a lot of fun for dogs and the people that live with and love them.
It’s important to remember what the clicker is, what it does, and what it communicates to your dog.
I recently wrote a new blog for Dog Star Daily on “shoddy” clicker training. I frequently see students use the clicker as an “attention getter” or recall signal, neither of which is an appropriate use for the clicker.
Remember, when we click a dog we are saying “yes, I like that behavior! Do it more often!”
If you call your dog, she keeps running away, and then you click to get her attention and call her back to you, you have told your dog that running away and blowing off a recall cue is what you want her to do. This is a communication breakdown and can cause big training problems.
To learn more about the appropriate way to use a clicker and also how to deal with your dog’s prey drive/attraction to fast moving objects (including deer and squirrels), you should read my new DSD blog today!