180 of 199 people found the following review helpful
on September 10, 2008
Some reviewers mentioned the click was too loud. And I must admit it is indeed loud. I was very aprehensive about purchasing it because of this problem. However, I heard so much praise about clicker training that I bought it with the intention of muffling the sound by adhering some sound absorbing materials to the clicker to reduce the loudness of the click. Well, as soon as I got my hands on it I discovered an easy way to reduce the loudness of the click. Here is how:
Simply place the clicker with the orange button facing down on or just before that fatty tissue part of your palm that the thumb extends out of. Then apply firm pressure to the back side of the clicker by folding your four fingers on top the clicker. Make the pressure just firm enough so that clicker sound holes are pressing against the fatty tissue of your palm, then when needed just apply a little more pressure with the four fingers on the back of the clicker to make it click. If you have the clicker positioned at the proper angle the lanyard hole will be inline with the middle of your wrist.
196 of 226 people found the following review helpful
on December 20, 2007
Don't waste time with the cheap dog-bone clickers. This is reliable and you never find you're mashing the "wrong end" and failing to make the noise precisely when you need to. This was just the right clicker for me and my GSMD puppy when we were both learning marker/clicker training technique. That said, I finally switched to using my voice (I follow Ed Frawley's training advice and now YES! takes the place of click). Why? because with a leash, treats, and other gear there's one less thing to manage by hand, I never misplace my voice, and am always prepared to emit the behavior marker at the correct time! The switch from clicker to voice was no problem for either me or my dog, and there are still uses for these excellent clickers in training.
65 of 75 people found the following review helpful
Over the last few months, we've been training our retriever pup to respond to the usual commands -- sit, down and stay -- as well as less common ones, such as "leave it" (to help preserve the dignity of our long-suffering kitty). We've used positive reinforcement, since our pup loves both verbal praise and treats.
However, even though she's quite active, we wanted to keep treating to a minimum. Thus began our quest for a quality clicker. We work with our pup both at home and at a neighborhood bark park, so we needed something durable for repeated outdoor use that would be loud enough for our pup to hear over the various neighborhood and park distractions.
The StarMark Clicker StarMark Clicker has worked quite well in both situations. We are able to recall our pup from good distances, and the sound is not intrusive to other people and dogs at the park.
The clicker is comfortable to hold and the button is easy to depress. It accommodates a lanyard (not supplied) and you'll definitely want to rig something up so you can wear this around your neck or perhaps attach it to a belt loop or carabiner. The sound is distinctive, too -- cast your mind back to childhood and those metal beetle toys.
All in all, we've found this to be a simple, durable, pocket-size device that gets a four-paw rating from our pup, and a high-five from the head trainer and her assistant (me). If you're considering clicker training, two additional resources we've made great use of are Kyra Sundance's "101 Dog Tricks" 101 Dog Tricks: Step by Step Activities to Engage, Challenge, and Bond with Your Dog and Victoria Stilwell's "It's Me or the Dog" It's Me or the Dog: How to Have the Perfect Pet; the latter is a good companion piece to the television series of the same name.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on April 19, 2015
I have tried a bunch of different clickers, both box style and button style. And this is by far my favorite clicker. I've found that with some button-style clickers, the button is too big, so there's a slight "lag" between pressing the button and the actual sound. And in dog training it's very important to have a click the instant the dog does something right. I've also found that other button clickers have more of a muted sound. The StarMark clicks very quickly and has a nice sharp click, I assume because of the large holes it has on the front. It's loud, and it resonates very well. So if you have a dog who is sensitive to clickers, you may not want to try this one, you may want to try one of the other button style clicker first. The PetSafe Click-R has a very soft, muted sound, if that's what you're looking for. I like to work with my dog in distracting environments, or at long distance, so the StarMark is great for that.
I've been using it consistently for about 8 months, and it shows no wear at all. I got two when I purchased them, and I have yet to use the second one.
The one downside? It doesn't come with a wrist strap. Sure, they're cheap and easy to find, but it's still stupid that it doesn't come with one.
In the picture is a Box clicker on the left, a very soft muted clicker in the middle (from Petco), and a StarMark on the left. The StarMark DOES NOT come with the wrist strap pictured.
105 of 131 people found the following review helpful
on April 1, 2008
OK, I was anxious to get started so first I went to Petsmart to buy it in person. But they didn't have it, so I ended up buying one of those little bone ones. DON'T DO THAT! It broke within five minutes of using it.
So I got online and ordered this one from Amazon. It's SOOOOOO much better. It's very loud, sturdy and works perfectly.
Don't waste your dogs time or your money on any other clicker. BUY THIS ONE ... in my humble opinion ;)
32 of 38 people found the following review helpful
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We received a free clicker with our training, but I wanted an extra one on hand, and this was easy to toss into a Super Saver Shipping order. I'm pleased with this clicker - it's no louder nor softer than our standard one, and it's smaller, sleeker, and prettier.
If you already have a clicker and are in clicker training, I can recommend this as a good, sturdy clicker that does its job. Amazon has the cheapest price on these, and you already recognize the value of having several of these around the house.
If you are not already in clicker training, I highly recommend clicker training with an appropriate class, book, or DVD. My little puppy has been in clicker training for only a couple of weeks and he is already extremely well-trained, knowing Come!, Leave It! (works on everything so far except the cats - we're still training daily!), Drop It!, Off!, Look!, Do Numbers! (potty training), and much more. Everyone comments on how sweet and well-behaved he is, and I credit this little clicker and our wonderful trainer!
~ Ana Mardoll
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on June 19, 2014
The instructions say to reward your dog with a small treat and a click when the desired behavior is exhibited. I am a terrible dog trainer, but my dog caught on to the idea of the clicker very quickly.
Things she has learned:
1. When one hand is holding the blue thing, the other hand is probably holding cheese.
2. When you hear that clicking noise, you should run and find mom because she probably has cheese.
3. Sometimes when mom is holding cheese in one hand and the blue thing in the other hand, she makes you sit and stare at her before she will give you cheese.
4. Sometimes mom tries to just give you a pat on the head after the clicking noise. When this happens, it's best to just sit and stare at her for awhile until she gets cheese.
I imagine that a more competent dog trainer could do amazing things with the clicker. I suspect that cheese may not be the best thing for dogs, but it's easy to get from the fridge and our dog loves it.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on May 24, 2009
I have many different clickers, but this is my favorite so far. It is a pretty loud click -- drives my housemates bonkers when I train inside. For outside, it is always my go-to clicker, though. My dog hears it easily above any background noise (even highway traffic) and it is the most consistant clicker I have tried. The button is very easy to find, so I am never fumbling, and it clicks with exactly the same pitch, timing, etc., every single time. It is easy to double-click with, too, if you want a slightly different cue (the dog has to be pretty in tune to pick up on a click vs. double-click, but if your dog does then it is a cool thing to have). It is also a very comfortable clicker to hold on to, compared to bulkier or squarish clickers. My only complaint is that StarMark hasn't figured out a feature like another company has that allows me to attach the clicker to one of my fingers so that my hands are almost free while working. Still, I recommend this clicker hands-down over anything else I have tried on the market today (and I have tried a lot).
117 of 152 people found the following review helpful
on March 3, 2011
Yes, this does click. It's sturdy and others have said it is loud. Loud worked for me because I have 6 dogs and when 6 dogs start barking most clickers just won't do. However; One day, while fiddling with a Snapple cap, it clicked. My dogs reacted to the clicking sound just as they did to the clicker. The Snapple cap is less expensive, fits in your pocket, you get the benefit of the drink itself, if you lose the cap you have lost no money and as previously stated; it is just as effective as the clicker sold here. Save your money.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on September 27, 2007
Works like a charm! Better if used outside - Is kinda loud inside for sensitive dogs but works perfect in outdoors.