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To click or not to click

To click or not to click

It’s no secret that Charlie isn’t as trained as I’d like him to be. I know that we need training, but as I started to look into what type of training to focus efforts on, I got a little lost in the enormous amount of options. So my question to the universe is, to click or not to click?

Clicker training began to grow in popularity in the mid-1990s as an effective alternative to training that relied on pain, fear, and intimidation. A clicker is a small, handheld device that makes an unmistakable, distinct “click” noise used to inform our dog of the exact moment they’ve done something right.

The huge benefit of a clicker is that it is a neutral sound. It doesn’t convey happiness or sadness or any other emotional tone: it’s just a click. We’re often saying so many things to our dogs, a command can sometimes get lost in the shuffle. Using a neutral sound can take some of the confusion or stress a dog might feel around trying to determine a mood and help them focus better on the tasks at hand.

To learn more, Sarah and I went to Master Peace Dog Training in Franklin, MA for a clicker training session with the owner, Fran Masters. What a treat that was! Fran has been training dogs for over 30 years, and it shows. She is incredibly thoughtful with her tailored approach, and provides tips and techniques to match what behavior the dog is exhibiting at that moment.

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