Pictures of Isis that make me want to shout, “Yes!”
Isis did all these tricks because she wanted to, though I’m sure our affirmations reinforced her habits.
“Yes!” is a marker word of choice that can be used in place of a clicker.
At first, I was skeptical about clicker training. Who wants to hold something else in her hand in addition to the leash and the poop bag? (This was pre-PoopPac.)
The handling method I used to finally get Isis to walk nicely on a leash involved a leash with two points of contact, a Halti, harness, treats, and a clicker. Somehow I managed this even though the gear actually requires four hands.
Clickers are ideal, because as Karen Pryor writes: “It means one thing only: a reward is coming because of what you did when you heard the click.” However, similar results can be achieved with a marker word as long as it’s timed well and distinct to the dog.
Pryor adds: “You can use a word—obedience instructors like the word yes—and it will work a lot better than treats alone.” (She goes on to say clickers are better. She’s a purist.)
Kikopup explains Clicker Training:
We’re closing in on the finish line! For the A to Z Challenge, I’m using all positive language in my posts. Read the story of how positive training helped my reactive dog Isis in my book, Bark and Lunge!
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