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What Is Clicker Training?

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"Clicker training" is an animal training method based on behavioral psychology that relies on marking desirable behavior and rewarding it.

Desirable behavior is usually marked by using a "clicker," a mechanical device that makes a short, distinct "click" sound which tells the animal exactly when they're doing the right thing. This clear form of communication, combined with positive reinforcement, is an effective, safe, and humane way to teach any animal any behavior that it is physically and mentally capable of doing.


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  • Why is clicker training effective?
  • Why is a clicker used?
  • Why use the click? Why not just a word?
  • How does clicker training work?
  • How do clicker trainers ask for behaviors?
  • What if the animal does not obey the cue?
  • Why don't clicker trainers use punishments as well as rewards?
  • How can clicker training be used to get rid of behaviors?
  • Do clickers and treats need to be used for every behavior, forever?
  • Can clicker training be used with any animal?
  • Is clicker training a training method or a philosophy?