Q: We have a couple of two-year-old Lab/Rhodesian?/Shepherd? mix "pups," two sisters that were found abandoned. We have had some success using techniques, but would like to try incorporating the . Do you have any recommendations for using the training with two dogs? Even if one were indoors and the other outdoors, we suspect that both would still be able to hear the clicker.
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Although I work with dogs, not dinosaurs, I too am a dedicated clicker trainer, as are most of the instructors who teach for me at . However, while the theoretical underpinnings of clicker training are solid – and date back to Skinner’s original operant conditioning studies of the 1930’s – there is surprising little published research regarding its application to dog training. (There are even fewer studies of its effectiveness for training velociraptors. Huh. Who knew?). Even more surprising is the fact that the results of the dog studies that are available are not unequivocally in the “Yay, Clicker Training!” camp. Rather, their results have been lukewarm at best, with some showing only limited (or no) benefit.
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We use a clicker because the sound is distinct, unique and consistent. Most trainers find that the sound helps the dog focus better. Once the dog has actually learned the behavior many trainers stop using the clicker and use their voice instead. This is a good idea as we always have our voice with us. However the dog has to work harder at discriminating between the marker word you use and other words you use. This means that the dog’s brain is more occupied with that instead of learning. You dog has also learned to tune out your voice when what you say is not relevant to him or her the way we tune out a conversation that doesn’t involve us or get used to the sound of a clock ticking or traffic. The clicker on the other hand is only ever used for training and always means a reward will follow.
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