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Questions tagged [clicker-training]

Clicker training is a method for training animals that uses positive reinforcement in conjunction with a clicker, or small mechanical noisemaker, to mark the behavior being reinforced.

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What are the pros and cons of using a target together with a clicker in dog training?

(Note: I phrased this question after reading the help file. It is intended to be "constructive subjective", "[inviting the] sharing [of] experiences over opinions" and soliciting only "opinion [that ...
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What arguments are there for lure-and-reward (with or without some use of a clicker) as opposed to “pure” clicker training with dogs?

By "pure clicker training" I mean a programme that keeps strictly to the cue-click-reward structure and does not involve any luring, for example with food. Rather, the trainer "captures" behaviours or ...
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Snapping fingers in place of a clicker

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 "...
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Training multiple pets: separately or together?

I'm using a clicker to train two cats. I would like them to respond specifically, i.e. I want to be able to direct a command to one cat and not the other when both cats are present. If I train them ...
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Teaching Take: My dog always drops the toy

At this point my dog will take a hold of the toy or object, but always drops it. I've been trying to shape holding the toy for longer, but it doesn't seem to be working. It was easier with Stay ...
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How to Train my Easily Distracted Cat

My cute little fur ball, (Butterscotch.) is quite food motivated, and I would like to train him to do cool things like roll over and shake a paw. He has a very sensitive stomach (As you may already ...
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Why is my cat afraid of the clicker sound?

My oldest cat (Ginger, 12 years old, female, spayed) is very food motivated so I thought she would take to clicker training. She flinches away from the sound of the clicker and after about 3-4 treats ...
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Associating vocal command with behavior during clicker training (cats)

I've been clicker training my youngest cat (Romeo, 3-4 years old, male, neutered). He associated the clicker with a treat, and now we're working on "down" (as in, jump off the counter you troublemaker)...
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Clicker training — to pause or not to pause?

I am reading "Fired up, frantic and freaked out" by Laura VanArdendonk Baugh. On page 23 she describes the clicking process as the following steps: Click Pause Move the treat hand Deliver So what's ...
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How does clicker training stick when a cat or a dog knows there's no treat?

I'm really curious as to how clicker training works. I mainly care and ask for cats but I'm also generally curious for dogs. So, I've looked into it for both cats and dogs and it's common to both ...
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Sit and down at a distance, should I ask someone to be my “assistant”?

Clicker training and positive reinforcement are my way to go and I think I have a proper understanding of these principles. However, it is very rare to see tutorials, videos or live training with two ...
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Training a dog to “sit pretty”

How would you proceed to obtain a nice "sit pretty" from your dog? Clicker training is about clicking the right "approximations" at the right moment. So what would be the sequence of approximations ...
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Sit/down/stand training: do dogs associate the movement or the final position?

I'm training my dog the different positions (sit, stand, and down) with an implied "stay". That means that when I ask him to sit, he's supposed to stay in that position until I "release" him. For "...
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Training contacts in agility

I'm very new to agility, I just started 'researching' about it, so this is a general question about contacts and how to train them. So contact means that at least one paw is in the yellow zone, right ...
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Teaching a dog to play fetch

I have a six month old Rhodesian Ridgeback who I have not been able to cultivate an interest in playing fetch. I take him outside and he is more interested in walking around and chewing on sticks ...
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Training a dog walking handstands

There are many cool tricks but I really like the walking handstand, so I started investigating how to efficiently train this to my dog. A watched this clicker-training video (Youtube, "Train your dog ...