So, you're ready, willing and able to start training your Sheltie? YAY!
While clicker training is a relatively easy concept, the timing, creativity in teaching the dog, and understanding the principles are really important.
I also find it a very visual technique. Meaning, it’s easier to
watch someone do it, rather than read about it. Because of that, I taped a
short demonstration of basic clicker dog training and put it on Youtube. I anticipate doing a series if viewers find it valuable.
While most videos about the subject demonstrate with a dog that is already trained, I thought it might be helpful to see a puppy still trying to grasp the concept of offering behaviors. (Besides, why make my first video easy when I can give myself a challenge!)
Besides, I’d hate to think someone gave up because they thought their Sheltie just wasn’t getting it.
The flip side to that is, it can make for a slow
video, which most folks don’t tolerate well... understandable.
Below I've put links to online stores so you can buy whatever you need to be successful in training our dog in record time.
Some items you should be able to get in your local pet store, but just in case you can’t find them, or if you are like me, always pressed for time, they are here at your fingertips.
found a few different types of treat bags to hold the food while training. It’s
a matter of personal preference. I like the smaller ones that clip to my pants.
As I mentioned in my video, I like to cut small pieces of food rolls to fill the treat bag.
You could as easily cut tiny pieces of hard cheese, cooked meat (easier for you to handle if it's cooked) or carrots if that is what your dog likes.
For those of you unfamiliar with the history of clicker training, it was initially developed by Karen Pryor who used it to train whales. As you can guess, if it worked with an animal that is impossible to control physically just by its sheer size, it can also work for canines.
You can train a myriad of animals using the clicker method, but it has become well known for dogs over the past several decades.
If you’d like your information and supplies straight from the trainer's mouth here it is:
It's kinda like being a kid in a candy store. So much under one virtual "roof". I hope you have lots of fun working with your dog.
And if we can do it, so can you!