Puppies are known to have very short attention spans, which is why puppy clicker training is perhaps the best and most effective way to teach young dogs good behavior. With the use of a clicker, combined with proper timing, you can easily teach a dog the right way to behave within just a few days of training.
If you are not familiar with a clicker, it is a very simple hand-held device that produces a clicking sound when pressed. The basic idea behind clicker training is to use the device immediately after the dog does something that you tell it to do. In effect, it is like giving your dog non-verbal approval and telling him that he did something good. Over the years, clicker training has had an almost perfect success rate in teaching even the most stubborn dogs proper behavior, making it the most preferred training method of professional trainers today.
In order to further reinforce the lesson, a treat usually accompanies each click, encouraging the dog to repeat the action again. This is repeatedly done until the dog learns to perform the good behavior on his own.
One of the great things about clicker training is that it allows the dog to learn freely and at his own pace, without resorting to forceful methods. This method not only allows the dog to learn in a positive manner but also builds a friendly relationship between the puppy and the trainer.
Traditionally, dog training was done using harsher and stricter commands, along with frequent corrections when the dog fails to obey. While this method works to some extent, it does not build a positive and healthy relationship between the dog and its owner. Oftentimes, what the dog learns is not really to behave properly on its own but to fear the trainer and the punishment that may come if he does not obey.
Teaching a New Puppy Its Name
Most dogs eventually learn their names in time, especially if you use it frequently when calling his attention. However, some puppies take longer to figure out what their name is because people say it too often, and not always in statements directed to him.
To make sure your puppy learns his name quickly, you can use clicker training to speed up the process. Each time you call his name and he looks at you or approaches you, click the clicker and give him a treat. Also, avoid mentioning his name when you are not talking to him. By doing this, your puppy will definitely know his name within a day or two.