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Can someone who has experience with clicker training cast an eye over this and let me know if they agree or disagree with the findings. It comes down hard on clicker training, and as I was going to boook Winston in next week to a local school I wanted to know if it would be as big of a waste of time and money as this article makes out!!

Here it is...

http://www.dogsecrets.com/articles/a_17.html

The rest of the site is worth a read as well if you feel so inclined.

Thanks, James
 

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i take jake to ring class and to be honest personally i think any groups like that that train your dog and get him/her socialising is great i made the unfourtunate mistake of not taking tyke when he was a baby and now he only likes being around people he knows but jake has been completely different and loves people nd pets i think its a great idea and its also great fun
 

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After reading the article, I really don't know what to think. I've always heard positive feedback about clicker training, but this author makes some very valid points. I honestly don't think clicker training would work for my Jasmine, as she is definitely not food motivated. I have had some success with teaching her some basic commands using the reward method, but she loses interest in treats very quickly. I believe the NILIF method is another positive motivational training method, using treats and rewards.

I know I don't agree with the concept of never saying "no"to your dog. To me, that is just not realistic.

I suppose it would depend on the individual dog, but I'm just not sold on the concept.
 

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I think the article is too harsh on Clicker Training. I used/still use a positive reinforcement method to train Bosco and Lola; the key is to slowly wean them off of getting treats each time they do something well - mix it up. Give them praise sometimes, give them a snuggle other times...The article makes it sound like you have to give a treat EVERY time and that is not true.

We say "Leave It" instead of "No" to Bosco. He responds well to that, and will stop whatever he is doing. The only reason we say that is because, without realizing it, we say NO a lot.
"Is supper ready?"

"NO."

LOL, I just didn't want to confuse the dogs.

Anyway, Clicker training may not be the BEST way to train a dog, but it certainly isn't the worst. It is humane, and it seems to get a good response from most dogs.

Good luck! :wave:
 
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