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In the classic method of clicker training, commands are not given until after a behavior is repeated quickly and reliably. The clicker is used to capture a behavior, like taking a picture of the moment your dog produced the behavior you desired. At first it may take a minute or two for the behavior to be repeated as the dog tries to figure out exactly what got the click.
For example, you are teaching your dog to sit. Once she realizes that sitting earns her a click and treat, she will repeat the behavior. Only when you are sure your dog's bottom is headed toward the floor, do you actually say, “sit.” This ensures that she will be able to quickly associate the command with the behavior.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|