Teaching Cassidy to sit using clicker training couldn’t have been easier. Mainly because sitting is something dogs readily do. With clicker training we just waited for it to happen, which is so different from how we used to teach the command. In that, we’d say, “sit,” and follow through with a physical prompt, or an upward tug on the leash.
I guess you could say that clicker training is hands free, in terms of there being no physical follow through after giving the command (or “cue” in clicker-training lingo.) But Cassidy seems to like it, and she’s really learning.
So, here’s how we taught her to sit:
- We watched. Every time we noticed Cassidy sitting, no matter what we where doing, or whether or not we’d asked her to do so, we’d click the clicker and give her a treat
- We waited. It took no time for Cassidy to figure out that sitting = treats. She also learned that a click from the clicker meant something. Now, during training sessions, whenever she saw me holding the clicker all I would have to do was wait and she would sit on her own – no follow through needed. Then I’d click and give her a treat.
To watch of video of step 2 click here: http://youtu.be/NwoEaO04SVM
- We named the behavior: After Cassidy consistently offered the sit in the presence of the clicker, we began saying the word,”sit,” right before she would do it. Sometimes we’d wait for her to do what we wanted, but this usually didn’t take long. Then we’d click and give her a treat.
That was how Cassidy learned to “sit” on cue.
To read an article about teaching recall click here: the-trouble-wi…assidy-to-come/