How to Charge a Clicker

If you are going to clicker train your pet, the first thing you need to do is 'charge' (load) the clicker. This article will show you how.

Steps

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    Find a clicker. You can get them about anywhere they sell pet supplies.
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    Determine your dog's sensitivity to the sound. Some dogs are particular sensitive to it and you may need to muffle the sound by encasing the clicker in a sock or something similar.
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    Be sure you have some 'high value' treats. Those are treats that your dog will really like. You also want them to be small and not too filling.
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    Sit down with your dog. Click the clicker and treat your dog immediately. What you are doing is getting the dog to equate the treat with the clicker.
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    Do this about 20 times or so. Be sure to not do this for too long. Five minutes at a time is a good time for beginners. You don't want to leave them with a negative impression of the training.
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    Do this at least twice a day. More if your dog has the patience or seems to like the training.
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    After your dog has made the connection, start delaying the delivery of the treat. This helps him realize that he will get the treat, even if he doesn't get it right away.

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Categories: Pets and Animals