What is “clicker” training?
Clicker training, also known as “operant conditioning”, allows the handler to reward the rough beginning of a behavior and work up to the finished behavior in stages. Clicker training is also a “no-force” and “hands-free” method. When performed properly, clicker training can produce a quick result for the handler and dog. If you have ever watched a show at Sea World, you have witnessed the principles of clicker training. Instead of a “click and treat” as we use with the dogs, Sea World uses a “whistle and a mackerel”. The click (or whistle) is a snapshot of the moment the animal performs the correct behavior.