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No, not hard once you get the hang of it. Very effective. It's the only thing out of about a billion methods that got my Shiba to walk nicely on a lead.
 

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It takes a little bit of practice like anything to get the timing just right but anyone can pick up a clicker and have success. It has been very effective for us.
 

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Is it hard to train with a clicker and how affective is it
I've been training dogs for 30-something years, and it's the most effective form of communication I've found. You can teach things with a clicker (or other marker) that would be almost impossible with traditional techniques. I think the hardest thing is teaching yourself to be observant and time the click correctly. Put your dog up in another area where he won't hear you, and practice clicking the newscaster on the evening news when he blinks his eyes. If you can do this, you are probably ready to start working with your dog. I would read up on it a bit first, if you're not going to classes so you understand how it works. Karen Pryor's "Clicker Training, Getting Started" is a good place to start. Have fun!
 

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Not that I am a wiz, but Clicker Training is magical. My 13 year old beagle is finally learning to loose leash walk, with no success from the older methods. And my dog loves learning, both my dogs do.
 
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