Monday, January 5, 2015

Agility Dogs and Continuing Education: Clicker Training

My thoughts on Clicker Training since I began learning it:

1. What? A clicker? No way...
2. My dog is scared to death of the click. This will never work...
3. Teach my dog to do something with a box using capturing? She is never going to get this...
4. Oh shoot! I wasn't ready to start...
5. I am far too clumsy to manage treats and a clicker...
6. My dog is too fast...
7. Oh look! she touched her nose to the box!
8. Oh My Gosh! She's IN the box! My dog! IN the box!
9. Holy Cow! I taught her to wave!
10. What else can we teach with this thing?!

Clicker training is science based AND it is truly an art. One I am still trying to learn...

Gilda and I are in a Clicker Tricks class this winter at Agility Underground and we are learning all about Chaining Behaviors using Clicker Training methods. The process is slow going for us (because Gilda is reactive but mostly because I am struggling)

In the meantime, Gilda learned this:


I cannot express how amazed I am by this. I would never have guessed that Gilda would ever be brave enough to get on top of a wobbly surface! (Linda Randall had no doubt she could do it, and believes she can even learn to balance on an exercise ball!) 

Daily clicker sessions have really made Gilda a much more confident dog. (We are also using high-value peanut butter here). This is Gilda's second short session with the half Bosu Ball!

I was so reluctant to try Clicker training and now here I am, enrolled in ClickerExpo 2015 (ComicCon for Dog Nerds) and looking for a way to encourage others to try it!

For More Information on Clicker Training: ClickerTraining.com

Hopefully, we will be posting our Chained trick someday :)

2 comments:

gscindy said...

ComicCon for Dog Nerds - LOVE IT!!

Larry loves the clicker too and can't wait to see to awesome moves that you and Gilda come up with :-)

Kim said...

It's an awesome training tool isn't it?! I hope you enjoyed the Clicker Expo!