Want to know 3 easy steps to clicker train your Vizsla fast?
I feel your pain… I spent 12 months with an ‘out of control’ dog before I found relief.
Whatever kind of dog you have, clicker dog training is one of the most effective and impressive methods for controlling and dictating a dog’s behaviour when trying to teach them basic commands. It takes very little time to master clicker training and with a well operated clicker, you can teach your dog nearly anything.
Clicker Training – The Theory Behind It
The concept behind clicker training is that you are training the dog to link the sound of the clicker – a strong, pointed sound that they can hear from 20+ yards away – with a particular command you give. The point of the training is to mark particular desirable behavior and then reward it with the sound of the clicker.
Of course clicker dog training does not start with a clicker. You must first teach your dog that the clicker is a reward for good behaviour. This can be done with a bag of treats and a simple, two dollar clicker from your local pet store.
Why should you follow this method?
* Your Vizsla will connect the clicker with ‘doing a good job’ and ‘receiving a treat’ only
* Verbal commands are given in a variety of situations – this can cause confusion in your dog’s mind and therefore verbal commands are often not as strong as a clicker response
The method of clicker obedience training
There are 3 very easy steps to train your dog to respond to a clicker.
Step 1. Ask for the behavior – ask your Vizsla to do something you want. It can be sitting, staying, lying down, or whatever other behaviours you are attempting to teach.
Step 2. After you’ve gotten them to perform their behaviour, mark it with a click.
Step 3. Offer a reward.
It generally takes only 2 or 3 markings before your dog learns the connection between the behavior and the click.
Once the dog has done the behaviour and received their reward, continue doing it to reinforce the behaviour as much as possible. You do not have to use treats every time. Praise and petting work just as well and can eventually replace the behaviour.
Clicker dog training works well because they will immediately respond, allowing you to reward them and immediately instill it in their minds. A verbal command will take time to get through.
Transitioning to a Command
Once your Vizsla has associated the new behaviour with the click – it is time to transition to a command.
Step 1. Say the command Step 2. Click Step 3. Give a Reward
Your dog will quickly learn to associate all 3 steps.
Ultimately, with good clicker canine obedience training, a dog will make a response to an oral cue and praise for their action and then they can simply learn it. The necessity for treats or praise will be gone and the dog will simply know the action pleases you.
As you might imagine, clicker canine training has a considerable number of applications. It can make coaching your dog far easier in some ways. With an easy, pointed command, you can mark and fortify almost any behavior.