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A friend on anoother team told me about your team and I thought I'd check it out. I am currently without a dog and don't know if the cat I just adopted would be much for training, though I might try it. I have had several dogs and worked two of them with clicker training and regular training. Some of clicker I don't understand.
I was hoping to find an ACD for a therapy dog and called a friend today to just ask about lines since I would only be able to get one as a rescue, or so I thought. She has offered me one of her dogs to bring home. I think it will actually be something like a co-own but she will be my dog. They have shown her to her championship and were going for her Grand Champion and were going to start on obedience, but I will get the obedience part myself.
So I thought I'd join and find out what all I can about clicker training over what I have done before.
BTW, it sounds interesting working with the donkeys. I've not seen anyone working with anything other than dogs, though I know there have been other animals worked with, especially dolphins.
I just found your group - I hope to find some kindred spirits here.
A bit about me...and clicker training...
I have been raising service dog pups since October 2008.
Four young dogs have spent time with me and 3 of them are now working as Mobility Assist dogs. The fourth was career changed when we discovered bilateral elbow dysplasia - so he became a very well loved pet.
I love using a clicker to help train and mark the desired response. My timing is gradually getting better - I just have to keep in mind the desired end result so I can shape the actions...I sometimes have less attention span than my pup!
I am currently unemployed and looking for work...and between trainees. So I volunteer at the humane society in Tacoma.
Working on training a service dog- 6 mts pup got the clicker for coming and it works wonderfully- I just open the back door and click and he comes running. and a trick he gets. also training him to pick up stuff and putting in my lap - and he gets a trick with a click.
If you're new to clicker training, check out this blog post
I personally love the relationship that clicker training builds, my dog (and donkeys) enjoy being around me, they never fear that I'm going to yell or hit them, they always know that I will set them up for success every time.
With my pup I always redirect her if she's doing something I don't like, in fact she doesn't even know the word 'no'. If she's got something that she shouldn't have I trade with her, I let her know that this toy or tuggy is ok to play with, not my sock or anything else that isn't a dog toy.
When you encounter a problem clicker training forces you to look at yourself - how can you teach this another way, can you break it down into smaller behaviors so your animal can succeed? Are you going to fast or skipping ahead? Did you spend enough time proofing the behavior. Remember the animal learns what it is supposed to be doing from you. It's your job to make sure they understand what the correct behavior should be.
Hello everyone, welcome to the group. I'm an avid clicker trainer, but I still consider myself a beginner. I love the relationship that clicker training builds.
I currently clicker train my dog & my donkeys. I would like to try training one of my chickens in the future.
If you are already clicker training, or would like to know more about it, this group is for you!