Frequently Asked Question
Why can’t I just use food or praise? Isn’t that still positive training?

 

Yes it is, but there are a few special things about the clicker that make it more effective than just a treat or praise:
The clicker acts like a tiny camera in the dog’s mind.  It takes of picture of the exact moment he did the right thing.  When using other positive training methods, treats and praise are usually delivered after the dog has performed the behaviour making it harder to link the reinforcer with the action in his mind.
With the clicker your dog will learn desirable behaviour amazingly quickly.  The clicker provides a consistent, non-emotional marker so your dog always receives the same information. The clicker is also distinct from other signals in the environment.

Yes it is, but there are a few special things about the clicker that make it more effective than just a treat or praise: 

The clicker acts like a tiny camera in the dog’s mind.  It takes of picture of the exact moment he did the right thing.  When using other positive training methods, treats and praise are usually delivered after the dog has performed the behaviour making it harder to link the reinforcer with the action in his mind. With the clicker your dog will learn desirable behaviour amazingly quickly.

The clicker provides a consistent, non-emotional marker so your dog always receives the same information. The clicker is also distinct from other signals in the environment.

 

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