A great article by Karen Pryor
What is clicker training?
Research has shown that any creature—whether a dog, cat, dolphin, parrot, fish, horse, llama, or person—is more likely to learn and repeat actions that result in consequences it desires and enjoys. So clicker trainers provide consequences desired by their animal in exchange for actions or behaviors desired by their trainers.
We call these consequences “rewards” and the process is called “reinforcement.” Clicker training, therefore, is a positive-reinforcement-based system of training.
- 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?