Clicker Training Defined Clicker training is a dog training method based on behavioral psychology that relies on marking desirable behavior and rewarding it.
How It Works The trainer uses a noise-making "clicker" and produces a click at the exact moment the desired behavior occurs. A reward is followed immediately after the click. With repetition, the dog relates the click sound with rewards. The dog "learns to learn" and begins to offer behavior for rewards instead of being coerced or lured.
Click Versus a Word The click is a very distinctive sound and can be delivered quickly and consistently. It is believed that it is registered in the part of the brain, the amygdala, that is responsible in the processing and memory of emotional reactions. The click always sounds the same, unlike the tonal and emotional deviations in the spoken word. The clicker is used only when the dog is learning each behavior. Once a behavior is established the clicker can be faded away with only an occasional revisit if a behavior starts to get sloppy.
Benefits of Clicker Training: