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How Long You Should Clicker Train For and Placement of Reward

Ed Frawley

Training sessions are always best in short increments of time, usually at approximately 2 to 3 inutes. However, with marker training, these sessions can be a lot longer. This will depend on the dog and its motivation level as well as how difficult it that you're trying to train.

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The Relationship Between the Mark & The Reward

Ed Frawley

It is critical to never move the hand or arm that delivers the reward until after the mark. I've already briefly talked about this but here, I get into more details on why it is important NOT to move the hand or arm that delivers the reward.

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Targeting and Timing in Clicker Training Dogs

Ed Frawley

Marker training can be used to train just about any behavior. We will usually start with targeting. To start the training, you will need a targeting stick. Some targeting sticks will have a built-in clicker. I recommend you use those.

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Adding Distractions and Impulse Control in Clicker Training Dogs

Ed Frawley

People will get nervous when they train dogs. This is very true when individuals are performing in front of others. If you do get nervous, learn to relax and control their nerves.

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Increasing a Dog's Drive in Clicker Training

Ed Frawley

The most powerful tool you'll have in dog training is your voice. If you learn to use your voice positively, your dog's learning ability will increase especially in clicker training. You'll learn how to increase your dog's drive, especially if he has a low to medium drive. This is a fairly easy process so long as you put in the effort.

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Being Consistent in Clicker Training

Ed Frawley

As mentioned in previous articles, you will need to mark your dog consistently and only once. It is very important to mark only once since it will give a clear snapshot of what the dog soon will receive. Clicking your clicker too many times can result in losing its meaning. Your dog will expect you to give it a treat and when you don't, then it starts thinking that there is another meaning to it.

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Delivering Food Rewards without Getting Your Fingers Pinched

Ed Frawley

Just as the timing of the world is important, so too is HOW the reward is offered to the dog. It is a big mistake to give a high food drive dog a piece of food from the tips of our fingers. It can result in blisters and blackened fingernails.

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Determining Your Reward

Ed Frawley

It is important to use the right kind of reward for your dog. Dogs will have varying degrees of what they like and don't like in a treat. You need to find something that the dog likes best. It needs to be so good that the dog is willing to do anything to get it.

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Charging the Mark

Ed Frawley

When you start teaching the clicker training system to your dog, show him that every time he hears a clicker, he will receive a high-value treat. This system will always start with food, not toys. Using toys distract the dog so starting out with food is a better way to keep your dog focused.

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Turn Your Dog into an Active Dog

Ed Frawley

As you start marker training your dog, you are molding him into an active dog. Your dog starts to problem solve and engage with its handler by trying to do things that will result in a reward whether it's a treat, toy reward, or time spent with you.

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How to Clicker Train Your Dog (Part 3): The 5 Magic Words of Clicker Training

Ed Frawley

There are 5 magic words used in marker training. These words are taught to the dog and once understood, can be applied to every exercise you want to train for your dog.

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