How does clicker training work if a dog does not work for food? Mine will in calmer settings, but when she is in drive mode she has a tendency to drop the reward.
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How does clicker training work if a dog does not work for food? Mine will in calmer settings, but when she is in drive mode she has a tendency to drop the reward.

what does your dog work for? i'm sure you can use whatever reward works best for you. try a super quick game of tug, or a tennis ball.

-kelly
She will work for other things, but in another thread there was discussion (for lack of a better word) about the merits of clicker training. I am just learning and am curious.
She will work for other things, but in another thread there was discussion (for lack of a better word) about the merits of clicker training. I am just learning and am curious.

The click is the sign that a reward is coming (which eventually leads to the click being a reward in and of itself). So you would use said other thing the same way you would a treat.

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She will work for other things, but in another thread there was discussion (for lack of a better word) about the merits of clicker training. I am just learning and am curious.

The idea is to associate the click with a reward. Generally, it is a treat since that is a good motivator for tons of dogs. You can substitute whatever reward works for your dog. The clicker is only used as a marker that the dog has done the right thing, and is the equivalent of a YES! or Good Dog!, only the timing can be better controlled, and since it is neutral in tone (unlike our voices), is entirely consistent. At least, that's my understanding of it.
Suja
How does clicker training work if a dog does not work for food? Mine will in calmer settings, but when she is in drive mode she has a tendency to drop the reward.

How much free food does your dog get each day? How much are you feeding in daily meals. Most dogs are overfed and that would certainly lead to lack of food drive.
How does clicker training work if a dog does not work for food? Mine will in calmer settings, but when she is in drive mode she has a tendency to drop the reward.

Use any reward that works. It could be praise. It could be the opportunity to chase a ball or play with a rolled up towel. Food is the most common treat because it is so convenient, but it could be anything. Also, the desire for food shouldn't be because the dog is hungry. The treat should be a tiny morsel, not lunch. Cubbe's treats might be a little bit of processed cheese, the presliced stuff, maybe 1/4 inch square or a little bit of stale moist dog food. (Open the plastic pouch the night before.) My dog regularly leaves food in her bowl to eat later when she's more hungry, but she never gives up an opportunity for clicker training.
Lia
Yes, but if clicker training is used to guide a dog to the correct behavior when learning a new behavior, throwing a ball or playing tug does not seem to be an appropriate reward.
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