I don't own any pet but I was considering getting a dog pretty soon. (A Basset Hound to be exact, gosh these guys are cute.)
I'd like to teach my future companion a lot of things, from the basic "Come here" to the more advanced "Roll over".
Clicker training seemed promising as a way to teach those activities but having to carry a tool each time I want to play with him or teach him things seems unnecessarily troublesome.
As I've understood it, the main idea of clicker training is to have a distinct sound be played as a way to say "Good" to your dog. If that is the case, couldn't we replace the "clicker" by a good old fingersnap ?
Has anyone had any experience with such alternatives ?
Unrelated question : Is the basset hound a good first dog ?
Thanks in advance