Have I Mentioned That I Love Clicker Training?

Go to place is a basic behavior I’ve taught many many times, but I honestly never get tired of watching the light bulb moment where the dog goes: “Aha! That is what I’m being clicked for. Got it!”

Zydeco is quickly becoming one of those rapid-fire super-learners I was talking about in my previous post. He has taken to clicker training like a duck to water. This is one of those puppies that I’m convinced would respond to more invasive or forceful methods with escalating aggression. If he even senses any physical or social pressure, he comes right at ya locked and loaded… But because clicker training is so hands-off and respectful, look how thoughtful and studious he is while learning his Go Place cue. I particularly love the little jaunty twirl he adds each time before laying down. (Our boy does it with style!)

Zydeco responds best to quiet, calm, short, focused sessions like this, followed by more active play. Already he has learned the following behaviors to near fluency: Name Response, Recall, Get in Your House (crate cue), Sit, Down, Leave-it, Take-it, Touch, OKAY!, Let’s Go, Wait, and now Go Place. He now also has a default sit at gates and doorways, when he sees the leash, when he wants something, and a default settle much of the rest of the time (when he’s not playing, sleeping, or raising hell that is). He is amazing!

 

One comment

  1. Sharon Empson

    Sarah: That is so great! Watching our dogs bloom is a great blessing.  My Cody is a mixed parson’s russel Terrier. When I read up on the breed they were saying they do not tolerate rough handling well. Bred to go after vermin that may bite or fight, rough handling only escalates them. That is very true with my Cody man. He really loves clicker training too and loves to show off his behaviors. It is a blast to work with dogs that like to work. I feel sorry for those dogs who have been mishandled and are afraid of training. Anyway, so glad you shared your joy over your pup with me (us). Love sharon empson KPA CTP     California   Sharon and Jerry Empson But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God. Acts 20:24  

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