I am going to be posting up some more information on clicker training the retrieve.
But before I do, I want to show you how to ‘charge up a clicker’.
When you first start clicker training with a new dog, the click of the clicker is meaningless to him, and we need to change that.
We will do this by carrying out a couple of clicker ‘charging sessions’
Clicker charging sessions
For each session you need a bag or bowl containing some small and tasty treats. Make sure these are out of reach of the dog.[wp_ad_camp_1]What we are going to do is operate the clicker ten times or more and follow each click immediately with a nice treat.
We are going to do this over and over again, until the clicker is charged.
This usually takes just a couple of five or ten minute sessions.
You will know that the clicker is fully charged when your dog passes this test.
The charging test
Wait until your dog is completely relaxed and ignoring you. He should be awake and not busy with anything important like playing with your kids or eating his dinner. He must not know that you have the clicker in your hand. At least an hour should have passed since your last ‘charging session’.
Now click once and watch for his reaction.
If, on hearing the click, the dog immediately focuses all his attention on you and is clearly anticipating a yummy treat, then the clicker is charged. For this dog.
Don’t forget to give him his treat.
Click and treat
The click must always be paired with a treat. We call this C&T.
And that’s it. Now you are ready to begin clicker training! All you need to clicker train is your clicker, a dog and some treats.
If you are not sure what to use for treats, always go for cooked meat. Dogs love it. My dogs love little cubes of cheese. What is your dog’s favourite training treat?
If you enjoy my articles, you might like my new book: The Happy Puppy Handbook – a definitive guide to early puppy care and training.