Have attended a camp and a 6 week clicker class. Good training method but you have to be real quick or you can train the wrong behavior.
Rewards need to be real small. I use the donut shapped cereal called Cheerios over here in the US. They are maybe 1/4" in diameter. I cut them in half.
Some commands need to have special treats like cheese or sausage. Something you also enjoy because when they don't follow the command you eat it in front of them making a great deal of how good it is. Does not need to be very big. Food is food and you don't want to fill the dog up with training treats. I also use their kibble, crunched into smaller pieces.
Consistancy and quickness are important. A soon as they do what you want- click and treat.
Well, we have had our first three days of clicker training and it seems to be going ok. Bradley now recognises the rattle of his 'treat pot' where i have mixed some of his daily food allowance (royal canin) with cornflakes, and cheerios. He has taken well to commands, and we seem to be getting somewhere. If only we could get him lead trained to - this is prooving more difficult. We have been using a halti but have discovered it is slightly to big for him, as he can pull it of quite easily. (He's learnt how to do it) so it's down to the pet place to buy a smaller one.
He definately knows he has been good, with the sound of the clicker, and i'm sure he knows its training time when i pick up the clicker as he is very attentive and won't leave me alone! Our labs are so intelligent arent they.
Thanks for the 'bump' and the great web links Labdad. I'll be studying those carefully.
I tried a bit of 'clicker' training with my young man last night and it was quite amusing because he was so taken with the clicker! He just kind of gave my pocket (where I was hiding it!) a cute little sideways look!
I think it's going to take some practice, but I do like the concept and will persevere with it.