Definition of Clicker Training
Karen Pryor defines clicker training as “an animal training method based on behavioral psychology that relies on marking desirable behavior and rewarding it.”
Basically it means that you use a sound to immediately mark good behavior so that your dog knows she’s done a good thing.
Benefits to Clicker Training
Rewarding good behavior as quickly as possible leads to faster learning on the dogs part. If you can give a reward simultaneous with the good behavior, that is ideal. But not always possible. You don’t always have a treat ready as fast as your dog reacts to a command, but you do have reflexes that can make a sound.
Here’s how it works in a nutshell…You give the command, your dog does the command, you click the clicker to signal that he has done good! Then you follow with a treat. Eventually your dog associates the clicker sound with doing something good. Therefore rewarding him for doing other things, comes much easier.
Our good friends at “Whole Dog Journal” give more training detail in this very informative article.