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Is it too late to start clicker training?

I've had Roxy for just over 6 months (she is one year old) and I have never used a clicker to train her. I've mostly been using a training colar with tons of treats and positive reinforcement. Do you think it's too late to begin training with the clicker?

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No!! It's never too late to start clicker training! You will be surprised at how quickly she catches on! In fact, it will probably be easier for her than for you to begin with! It takes practice to juggle dog, clicker, treats and leash!
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No!! It's never too late to start clicker training! You will be surprised at how quickly she catches on! In fact, it will probably be easier for her than for you to begin with! It takes practice to juggle dog, clicker, treats and leash!
Thanks TracyJo! After working on the "bang" yesterday, I really started to realize that I need something else to let her know she's done the right thing. I kept coming back and reading your thread about how quick Chi caught on and Roxy is not so quick on this one! She was so cute though, we'd walk around for a couple minutes, then as soon as I'd stop, she'd sit; then I'd tell her "down" and she'd lay down, then I'd say "Bang!" and she'd just look at me like I'd truly lost my marbles. We've been focusing on eye contact lately, so she'd look around, then look at me with an excited look (as if she'd figured out what I was waiting for). She would finally go over onto her side, with her head down, in about 3-5 minutes and then as soon as her head hit the ground, I'd say bang! good Roxy, good girl. I think I did this 4 times with her, and she went all the way down each time, but I don't think she had the first clue what I was praising her for.

So now, we're off to get her nails done and get a clicker!
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Awesome news!!! The great thing about the clicker is that it doesn't show emotion and it's fast!
You can click so much faster than verbal praise and "mark" the behavior.
I'm sure you know by now that timing is everything.
check out Karen Pryor Clickertraining | dog training and cat training info, books, videos, events
There are tons of sites and forums on the net with great ideas on how to start clicker training and most of them are really great. You really can't go wrong with anything karen pryor - but you're best bet is to find a clicker trainer in your area and take lessons from them (if you can).
Be prepared though - clicker training is just about as addictive as DT!
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Be prepared though - clicker training is just about as addictive as DT!
Well, now I KNOW I'm in trouble!
Thanks for the link & the suggestions. I'll do some research and see if anyone clicker trains in my area.
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You may want to check these
http://www.dragonflyllama.com/%20DOG...evelsBook.html
is a complete online training book
http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/t...evels/messages is the yahoo online support group for the book
Training Levels Tracker - Welcome to Training Levels Tracker! is the online tracking program to keep up with your own progress. All are free
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You may want to check these
LevelBook
is a complete online training book
http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/t...evels/messages is the yahoo online support group for the book
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Thank you!!! I really appreciate the info.
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Heres another yahoo clicker group i belong to ClickerSolutions : A mailing list dedicated to finding positive solutions to training and behavior problems. Although clicker training is the main
and here is the link to the category there are 159 yahoo clicker training groups Yahoo! Groups : Directory : Clicker Training
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Great links, everyone. I've added this thread to the clicker training portion of the Obedience Training thread in the Educational Archive



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