Clicker Training – Our Method of Choice
Dog training is a divided profession. In one camp, we have those who advocate the use of compulsion in dog training and in the other, those like us, who advocate gentle, positive rewards based methods like clicker training.
Clicker Training – Truth and Myth
It is common to hear ill-informed compulsion based trainers telling their students that dogs trained through treats are unreliable because once the treat is taken away, the dog will no longer obey. If this were true, then clicker trained dogs will fail miserably in obedience competition where food and toys are forbidden in the ring. However, interestingly, in the last decade, the Singapore Kennel Club Obedience Dog of the Year title was won more often than not by a clicker trained dog. And we are not alone. This trend is also happening in many parts of the world as dog trainers begin to realize that there is a more humane and equally if, not more effective alternative to compulsion based dog training. Thus any talk about clicker training being ineffective is but a myth, spread by trainers who are ill-informed about the clicker way.