Clicker training is based on the principle of ‘click and treat’, click to mark appropriate behavior and offer a treat for positive reinforcement. Many animal trainers are using clicker training to instill proper behavior and even correct behavior problems. Aside from being used in pets, it is also emplyed in some training programs for horses and dolphins.
Clicker training involves using a small device (a clicker) that the trainer employs to make a clicking noise which is associated with positive reinforcement (treat).
A dog knows his trainer or owner is pleased with his behavior when he hears the click, and knows that he will soon have a bite of his favorite treat. This will encourage the animal to repeat the behavior until it becomes deeply ingrained. This type of learning is known as operant conditioning.
The accuracy and consistency of the clicker makes it an effective tool in pet training. The desired behavior is marked at exactly the moment the dog is doing it. This teaches the animal which behaviors will earn those treats.
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