Force-free dog trainers completely avoid all use of aversives. When we use the word aversives, we are not just talking about the types of physical punishment used by some traditional gundog … [Read more...]
6 myths and the truth about food in gundog training
Most modern dog trainers use food in training. Yet the antipathy towards the use of food in gundog training circles persists. This article is about busting some of the myths that surround the … [Read more...]
Still confused about clickers?
This is a tweet sent to me on twitter recently @PippaMattinson But handling the dog over a long distance is not possible. I prefer to use the whistle. The tweet was in response to a tweet I made … [Read more...]
Does clicker training work with all dogs?
I read this on a forum recently: "Clicker training doesn't work with this dog." This from a person that was asking for help with a delivery problem. Clicker training is about marking events … [Read more...]
Clicker training for gundog puppies
Perhaps one of the most useful roles for the clicker in gundog training, is in working with puppies Most new puppy owners are in a huge hurry to start training Let's be honest, they are not … [Read more...]
How does clicker training work at a distance?
Gundog owners often say to me "clicker training is all very well in your garden, but how can it work at a distance?" Well, the answer or course is that once the dog is out of earshot, it … [Read more...]
How to charge a clicker
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 … [Read more...]
What is a ‘positive-only’ trainer?
Positive-only trainers aim to avoid all aversives in dog training. So, no punishment at all, no matter how mild, in fact no coercion of any kind. Very few working gundog trainers are truly … [Read more...]
Some challenges for gundog clicker trainers
There are some challenges for those who wish to clicker train their gundogs. But they are not insurmountable. It is good to be aware of areas which might cause you problems and to arm yourself … [Read more...]
7 great things about clicker training your gundog
You may be a bit sceptical about clicker training. I know I was when I first tried it around ten years ago. I now use clicker training for teaching a number of skills to my own … [Read more...]