Our policy is to train in small class sizes so that dogs and handlers are given every opportunity to get the most out of each session. The emphasis is very much on socialising dogs with others and demonstrating that training and living with your dog is fun. Our training technique is based on the use of gentle, motivational methods. These methods are enjoyable to use and also enjoyed by the dog, with very high levels of success. Our trainers and assistants are covered by professional indemnity insurance, thus accepting responsibility for what they teach and providing the owner with protection. Veterinary Practices can therefore refer their clients with confidence. All trainers regularly attend workshops - to view the trainers qualifications click below next to the trainers name.
The clicker tells the dog the reward is coming, and that it has made a good attempt at that behaviour. The dog will try to make you click, and will try hard to please you. In an experienced dog the click means the game is on. The clicker gives an ego boost, and animals are reinforced by their own success in manipulating their environment. They enjoy making you click and will work hard to train you to do so.
Start by playing the clicker and rewarding your dog for doing simple tricks such as sit, give a paw etc. Eventually you’ll be able to use it to get rid of the unwanted behaviours which your dog does.
Keep notes of what your dog does and record his progress as you teach him new things with the clicker. You’ll be surprised at the progress!
Reward yourself as well as your dog for choosing such a fun, sympathetic method of training. Here are some simple tips to get you started.
Both of the methods above are kind and fair and I have used both. The clicker allows attention to detail to a greater degree than the reward only based method. I found teaching tricks such as the spin relatively easy to do using just reward. However to teach something like the bow I used a clicker, and it helped to get the precise movement I wanted more effectively.
Not all trainees have been completely at ease with the clicker, holding the lead and a clicker is just too awkward for some people and difficult to coordinate. My aim is that trainees enjoy what they are doing so I would not insist on anyone using a clicker.
I have found that it can become noisy if everyone uses his or her clicker at once.
From my point of view I like both methods and would encourage the use of the two, but is very much up to the individual.