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Training FAQs

mediumdogwillworkforfoodWhy does clicker training work?

Clicker training uses a distinct and consistent signal to mark a desired behavior in real time and then follows that with a motivating reward. Because the dogs understand precisely which action earned the click and the reward, and therefore they learn new behaviors easily, quickly and with lots of enthusiasm.

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What results should I expect and when?

We often talk about the “lightbulb moment.” It is the moment you and your dog connect through the sound of the clicker. Communication has been established and it can be as exciting for your dog as it is for you. Most dogs will have this moment – you can see it in their eyes – during the first training session.

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Do you have to use the clicker forever?

No, clicker training is used to teach new behaviors. Once the behavior is learned, the clicker is not needed for that particular behavior, although praise and treats are always appreciated. The next time you want to teach a new behavior or brush up on an older one, break out the treats and clicker again.

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Will clicker training work with my dog?

Yes, clicker training works with all breeds, types, sizes and ages of dogs. Whether they are a purebred, rescue or adopted dog, this training style works with all of them.