Humans can only convey what they want to a dog if they react promptly to the actions of the four-legged friend. That means: the desired behavior must be rewarded immediately so that the dog understands what he did right. Unfortunately this is not always possible. An example: If our dogs run without a leash while walking, they should make regular eye contact with us. So we should reward them immediately when they do. It’s just not possible because they have moved away from us. If the reward occurs after the return home, the dog does not associate it with eye contact.
The solution to the problem is called “clicker”. It’s a kind of cracking frog that gives a short “click-clack” when you press it. The dog now hears this sound every time it has correctly carried out a command. So that he associates a positive feeling with the “click-clack”, a real treat should always follow at the beginning. The dog will learn very quickly that a click is a reward and you can train your dog successfully even from a distance.
There are animal trainers who “swear” by this method and who praise clicker training as if it were the solution to all educational problems. In fact, the clicker is primarily a substitute reward, just like verbal praise. Since a “fine!” could easily be misunderstood if you have to shout it after the dog, the use of this aid is recommended here. And because it is not that easy to crack at exactly the right moment, you should treat yourself to a few hours of practice with said clicker fans. Because the risk that you, as a beginner, will press a little too late and thus promptly reinforce the wrong behavior is really very high. Just don’t let yourself be persuaded that the cracking frog can do your education for you.
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