Puppy potty training is probably one of the most important training your dog will have to go through. One of the best possible options if you are looking for a very simple method that will have your dog going outside or on a pad pretty much on its own isClicker Training.
I think what makes this method so effective is that it is based on positive reinforcement and does not rely on yelling, hitting, or rubbing your dog’s nose in it ( bracers, choke collars, etc.). While it can be effective, it can also be complicated, a lot like potty training a real baby! But of course, because it is not you doing the correcting ( unlike you would be doing real baby’s potty training, right?), you need a clicker and some treats to get started.
Here are the 6 basic things you need to know to get started with your dog on clicker.
What is a Clicker?
A clicker is a very inexpensive tool that you can purchase at any pet store. It is a little bit of springy metal that when pushed makes a sharp click. This, used coupled with a treat (this is normally a small snack), lets your dog know that they did a good job and that they will soon be getting a treat. Your dog will do everything to get that positive reinforcement and really put the emphasis on doing what you want them to.
What Does a Clicker Do?
The answer to this question is twofold. Clicker training literally lets your dog know that they did something good and that you are happy with them. But what you also may be wondering is that the treats are also a way to let the dog know that they did well. The clicker lets the dog know that they did something good and that you are happy with them. But after, you probably want to reinforce the good behavior as well. That is why, for many dogs, clicker training is a great way to train them.
Why would it be effective to know about clicker training before I get started?
The way that a clicker works is that it lets your dog know that they did something good and that you are going to reward them for it. But that’s not all you need to know about this training.
My dog and I are going to play a lot. When can I tell when to stop clicker training?
That’s a great question, and the answer to it is that as soon as you decide that you are going to make this a priority training and no longer treat them to their snacks after every click, then that’s when you need to stop the clicker training!
My dog has been trained to sit. But I want him to stop jumping on me. When can Ishedtrain him to stop jumping?
Great question and the answer to it is that training your dog to stop jumping on you is actually not a “master” training exercise, because you are actually helping the dog learn self-control. What you are doing is setting a floor for the dog to begin failing and quit jumping on you. It is more than just stopping the dog from jumping on you, you are helping the dog learn to control its own actions so that they don’t promote failure and in turn get better and better control in the meantime.
I just got a puppy. When can I start showing it how to behave around strangers?
You can start showing your dog how to behave at about the age of eight weeks, and in fact, you can instill this entire idea into the dog through a few simple words. When your puppy jumps and you yell, then they learn to listen and control their own actions. This is an important part of instilling this entire idea into the dog because it lets them know that there are consequences for that behavior. There was a study done by a guy named KeirStudy who taught Labradoodles to stop jumping on their owners. He told them that their positive behavior (jumping) was encouraged because it was essential to the way they made (I’ve. e. they learn how to behave well).
This is different than what a lot of trainers teach. B.F. Skinner taught that behavior would get reinforced Positive Reinforcement. This means that if your dog is rewarded for doing a particular thing you want him to do, he is more likely to repeat that behavior because he knows he will get a treat.
There are a couple of things you need to understand here, and I’ll elaborate on why I feel it is so important. Basically what you’re going to do is replace the treat with a look or a cuddle or anything that you want your dog to do.