Dog Training Collar: Clicker Training With an Electronic Collar

What?!? Clicker dog training with an electronic dog collar? Are you crazy?!?

Probably. But watch our dog training video below to see just how things come together. Can an electronic dog training collar be ‘positive’. Find out for yourself.

We’re showing this video with a 5 ½ month old puppy, teaching him to target a touch stick using a Sit Means Sit dog training collar in place as a clicker. Those that are familiar with the basic principles behind clicker training a dog understand that the clicker is designed to be used as a ‘marker’. Training with a clicker involves conditioning the dog you are training that the ‘click’ sound from the clicker equates to something of value (usually food). By clicking and treating your dog simultaneously or clicking and then immediately afterward treating your dog, you can condition him that the unique sound of the ‘click’ is synonymous with food. This then allows the dog trainer to begin shaping a dogs behavior into the desired task.

Let’s take as an example the target exercise shown in the dog training video below. The 5 ½ month old puppy is taught to touch his nose to a stick by rewarding any interest in the stick at all. As soon as the puppy glances at the stick, the ‘click’ sounds and the dog trainer gives him a treat. This is repeated until the puppy is 100% certain that showing interest in the stick will result in him getting a treat. Note that the ‘click’ is not intended to make him touch the stick. It is strictly used to ‘mark’ to the dog the instant he is performing the correct task.

The next step is to then raise the requirements for the puppy to get the ‘click/treat’. Instead of just showing interest in the stick, now the dog trainer with-holds the ‘click/treat’ until the dog reaches out to touch the stick. We’re looking for the puppy to begin seeking out the stick and getting closer to it. When the puppy reaches for the stick, the puppy trainer ‘clicks/treats’. This is repeated until the puppy understands that he has to reach out for the stick now in order to get the ‘click/treat’.

The next step is to require the puppy to physically touch the stick in order to get the ‘click/treat’. Once again, the puppy trainer will now hold off on the ‘click/treat’ until the puppy touches the stick.

A final step is to proof the exercise by having the stick moved to different positions around the puppy’s head to teach him to touch the stick wherever it may be.

Sit Means Sit dog trainer Ashton Fitz-Gerald decided to use this target exercise with his puppy, however instead of using a traditional dog training clicker, he uses a Sit Means Sit dog training collar. This dog training video‘s main purpose is to demonstrate how training tools are neither positive nor negative by nature. The common perception of electronic dog training collars is that they are ‘negative’ and not a good training option because you are teaching the dog to do something to avoid getting ‘shocked’.

This approach to dog training with a remote electronic dog training collar may have been true before Sit Means Sit came along, but it certainly isn’t the case anymore. In this puppy training video, you will see the Sit Means Sit dog training collar is being used only when the puppy is touching the target stick. If the Sit Means Sit dog training collar was causing pain to the puppy, or he felt the need to avoid touching the stick because he didn’t like what happened when he touched it, you would certainly see signs of ‘avoidance’. The puppy would not want to go back to the stick time and time again.

The adjustable nature of today’s modern electronic dog training collars such as the Sit Means Sit dog training collar means that the levels can be adjusted so variably that the ‘steps’ between each level as very small and virtually undetectable from one to the next. We even took this video a step further and demonstrated that even when the Sit Means Sit dog training collar is set to the highest level, the puppy in the dog training video does not avoid touching the stick. Don’t believe us? See for yourself. We’d also recommend downloading our free report on the technology behind modern electronic dog training devices.

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We’re not trying to convince you that a ‘shock collar’ is positive. Only that with the emergence of new technology in the field of dog training, we are able to condition our dogs to the meaning of an electronic dog training collar in a much more revolutionary sense than traditionally believed possible. If an electronic dog training collar could only be used to prevent unwanted behavior, or if the dog perceived the dog training collar as punishment, or even if the electronic collar was causing pain to the dog, you would certainly see signs of the puppy avoiding the stick in this dog training video. We simply want to present the truth to everyone out there to help you realize that the term ‘shock collars’ simply isn’t accurate anymore.

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  • fay

    this is great w/5 mo old dog - how does it work w/9yr old rescue shepard/boarder collie dog?

  • Training an older dog to do 'new tricks' is really not as difficult as people think. The only difference is you have a dog that is more set in their ways, and in order to gain reliability the trainer simply needs to be more diligent about maintaining consistency.

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