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Our local obedience training club uses clicker training. I have heard of the method, but never used it. Having not owned a Doberman previously, can anyone advise me on the effectiveness of clicker training for Dobes?


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Clicker training, aka marker training, is a positive, science based training method that uses a marker like a clicker or saying "yes" (aka secondary reinforcer) and giving a reward, usually a treat, sometimes a toy (aka primary reinforcer). So, if you cue the dog to come to heel, once they get into heel position, you mark (click, verbal), and reward (treat or toy). Eventually, you can build up to longer behavior chains, like an entire obedience routine.

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I have owned and trained dobies since 1987. Back then I don't think I can be wrong clicker training was not used. Since then I have used the clicker method and have never looked back. It is a great training tool. Remember to have those treats ready, feed from either hand so your dog never knows where the treat is coming from. As soon as your dog does what they are asked to do you need to immediately click and reward.
 

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Not the greatest, since I'm lousy at shaping behaviors (as opposed to luring them), but this was my GSD yesterday. I'm teaching her to push a ball with her nose. although it might not look like it yet.

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She knows she did something right, because she hears the click, and knows that a treat is coming.
 

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Agreed. My dog is exclusively clicker trained now. It's the only method that I can get my timing right with. In my experience, all of the dobes I've known started with the clicker learn faster than those trained with no set reward system.
@Rosemary, I'm teaching Mac to stack rings and our sessions look a lot like that... shaping takes PATIENCE!
 

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I use a lot of clicker training...works great! Some people use a verbal marker (saying something like "yes!" instead of a clicker) and that works, too. I just find the clicker to be very clear to my dogs. I don't use it for everything but I find it really effective for a lot of things, so I like it. My dogs do, too.
 

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In my personal experience, clicker training has been extremely effective with my Dobe. The click gives him nearly immediate feedback — he knows right away whether he was "right." If he wasn't right, he knows that too, from the lack of a click. The clicker has helped him learn new behaviors very quickly and to become very confident about what I want from him. It's an excellent communication tool. With that being said, it does take some practice on the handler's part; timing is important. When in doubt, assume it was your error, not the dog's, and give a free cookie for your mistake :grin2:
 

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In my personal experience, clicker training has been extremely effective with my Dobe. The click gives him nearly immediate feedback — he knows right away whether he was "right." If he wasn't right, he knows that too, from the lack of a click. The clicker has helped him learn new behaviors very quickly and to become very confident about what I want from him. It's an excellent communication tool. With that being said, it does take some practice on the handler's part; timing is important. When in doubt, assume it was your error, not the dog's, and give a free cookie for your mistake :grin2:


Thank you so much to everyone for your input! From what I had read online about clicker training and also about Dobermans, it seemed like a natural fit, but was looking for some firsthand experience
Loved the video of the GS, because it gave me a visual of what it looked like.
Can’t wait for our new puppy!


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