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When you have a clicker in hand, you are more mindful of the precise behavior you’re looking for. When only your voice is used, it can be difficult to get in the habit of saying “Good”.
A clicker also helps you to be more patient and less frustrated because it changes the way you think about training. By providing alternative, more desirable behaviors and rewarding them, you learn to ignore the bad and focus on the good.
Keep reading to learn everything you need to know.
Have you ever wondered…
- how stunt dogs perform those amazing tricks?
- how animals are trained for Hollywood movies?
- how about service dog tasks or detecting cancer?
Clicker training can be used for training cats, horses, rabbits, birds, farm animals, marine wildlife, rodents, zoo animals and a variety of other creatures.
Clicker training is a skill and developing it will open your mind to a new realm of possibility and understanding, not only with your dog but also with human behavior. There are potentially limitless benefits, as you will discover the more that you become familiar with how dogs think, learn and communicate.
The purpose of clicker training is really to get you doing more with your dog and thinking differently about your daily interactions.
You will gain a variety of tools that enable you to analyze your dog’s behavior, modify existing routines and implement new policies or procedures.
It will make life easier for both you and your dog so that you can actually enjoy your bonding together and spend less time stressing out over the small stuff.
Do what works for you.
If you follow the steps outlined in this book, it can work. I’ve included some free extras to help you out. If it doesn’t, either you don’t understand it well enough yet or there’s something wrong with your dog’s biochemistry (in which case you should have your dog examined
- Positive punishment (P+) is the addition of a stimulus in order to decrease the frequency of a behavior.
- Negative punishment (P-) is the removal of a stimulus in order to decrease the frequency of a behavior.
Research has shown that using positive punishment results in side effects, usually more unwanted behavior such as fear, avoidance and aggressive reactions. Clicker trainers don’t use this type of punishment because of this.
Instead, clicker trainers use negative punishment. This typically involves taking something away the dog enjoys, such as your attention for jumping or time outs for mounting at the dog park, in order to decrease the frequency of the behavior.
If you would like to understand more about the science behind how animals and humans learn, I highly encourage you to do some research on the following terms related to learning theory, as well as view the addition resources in the free extras area.
- Classical and Operant Conditioning
- Premack Principle
- Desensitization versus Flooding
- Little Albert Experiment
History of Clicker Training (link)
We’ve gained interest and traction from disabled service dog handlers in power chairs, horse trainers, bird trainers, zoo trainers and even a company that trains rodents for land mine detection.
Clicker Ring is intended to be worn and used on your index finger of your treat delivery hand or non-treat delivery hand, but can be worn and used any way you’d like!
Available in sizes 5 through 17, standard US sizes, by half or whole size.
We’ll be releasing a color chart for anodized samples after launch.
We’re not sure when yet but it’s definitely something we’d like to scale into.
As soon as possible. We’re hoping to begin shipping in late 2016. The quicker people order, the quicker you will receive yours so be sure to share us!
Currently all funding is going toward purchasing equipment and materials, as well as manufacturing 10,000 sound plates.
International: We have supporters in over 14 countries, however currently there is a $26 fee for shipping and handling.
We are currently securing international distributors to you save money on shipping and will post a listing to our site once we are able.
But for now, if you really want to a Clicker Ring, you’ll have to support our project!
Clicker Ring is intended to be worn on the index finger of the treat delivery hand, whereas traditional clickers are typically held on the leash hand (although this leads to dropping and fumbling, even wrist coils must be recovered).
You may contact us about it. We can’t make any promises. Priority will be given to to those of highest influence as there are a limited number from our first production run that will be dedicated to sampling.