Karen Pryor, Getting Started: Clicker Training for Dogs Kit
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The quick start cards are in some ways more handy since they get right to the point. They are necessarily brief, and I wonder if some people might be tempted to work just from them and thus end up frustrated since they don't explain some of the finer points. But even if you did go just from the card you could likely do pretty well as they do cover the important details.
The clicker is a little large and doesn't have as crisp a sound as the other one we bought, but it's quite serviceable. The bag of treats is perfunctory; it's not enough to do anything, and they might as well not have included it.
This package will definitely get you started on clicker training and give you everything you need (other than buying more high-quality treats!) to get good results. Clicker training works. (However, I would still recommend a basic obedience class first: clicker training builds on the basics rather than replacing them.)
The set includes a nice clicker that is not too high-pitched or too loud so that it will not scare your darling friend. Yes, I got a couple of other clickers that were larger, really loud and high pitched such that it actually scared my sensitive buddy! Karen Pryor also has a nice set of 5 even smaller clickers at a very low price here on the Amazon site. Get them if you don't already have a few extra clickers so that you can keep them everywhere around thehouse wherever you go as well as one for your pocket when you go out of the house with your dog.
The "Help Cards" are sturdy as well as attractive. These help to "remind" you of the steps and each facet of the training that you will have to do to help you as well as your friend to master each task. She makes it so easy.
There is a small bag of tiny treats included (about 100 or so) to get you started. You need to figure out the "level" of treats that you want to use to train your dog. They go from "high" to "low" value. Basically, for simpler tasks and steps, you will use "low" value treats for training. Something your pal likes and will do the trick for the "usual" training sessions. However, there will be times that "high" value treats (hot dog pieces, beef stick pieces, or even a toy that your dog really loves to play with) will be needed when you want to train your dog to do more complex tasks and to keep her attention throughout the process.Read more ›
At the recommendation of a professional trainer, I picked this up to help me with a 5 year old German Shepherd with little prior training beyond the basics, who we were training to become a full-fledged assistance animal.
This was the jackpot. Beowulf is past his puppy years and somewhat set in his ways, and though he was progressing well, he was having a hard time overcoming a few bad habits, and also learning to behave in the calm and flawless manner that the public expects from a service/assistance dog. After trying several great techniques under the guidance and tutelage of a professional, it was this one that really struck home. Beowulf quickly caught on and understood the concept, and after that, it was childsplay to adapt the clicker into his existing training routines - and the results were stunning. He learns SO much faster this way, and is so much more eager and attentive. I can see he enjoys his training much more now, and is less confused about what I want from him - because the clicker tells him exactly what I want, loud and clear.
It didn't take long at all to teach him what the click meant. After that, he started nailing all his training goals in just 2 or 3 sessions with the clicker. Things we've been fine-tuning for weeks, or even months, with this he understood what I wanted in a matter of days. It's like, after struggling to communicate with someone who doesn't speak the same language, I've suddenly learned a language he can understand, if not entirely fluently, still more than enough to be effective. No confusion. No frustration. Training is a game now, and we both look forward to playing it.
At this rate, Beowulf will be ready for his public access test in a month or two, no sweat!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Got this for a uncle who just got is first dog and wanted to train her. With no animal experience what so ever he was able to use this book and train her very well. Read morePublished 1 month ago by jesslovely
Gives good ideas to help start training. My pups & 14yr all respond great to the clicker.Published 3 months ago by Teef
I love the flip cards that make it easy to find which trick I want to teach my dog. I did not use this set as much as I expected.Published 5 months ago by Lindsay Ponseti
Directions were hard to follow. The clickers were a little cheap.Published 9 months ago by Michelle Claiborne
I love this kit! The clicker works well, is comfortable to hold and the flash cards are handyPublished 9 months ago by Heather Mcclain-howell
arrived early. my boxer seems interested in the click.....hopefully she learns quickly.Published 11 months ago by Laura A Denton