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I am wondering if anyone has used a clicker trainer and any negative/positive results from that. I guess I'm also not 100% sure how it works, any thoughts would be appreciated!
 

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I trained my dog with the clicker, and I teach clicker training classes.

You can find a lot of great info on it in the training forum, and a quick google search will give you tons of good sites.

Also read "Don't Shoot the Dog". Amazing book. The Idiot's Guide to Positive Reinforcement is good too.
 

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Positives:

1. Fast, fast, fast results. My dog would learn new commands within the first 4-5 repetitions with the clicker (compared to several days of training with an ordinary bridge word like "yes").
2. It's (nearly) idiot-proof. You don't need to worry about inflection, and it's easier to control your body language when you don't have to speak. You can't hurt a dog with a clicker; just about the only danger is over-feeding with treats.
3. The clicker means that every member of the family can make an identical sound. This helps make training much more consistent (and, therefore, much more efficient).

Negatives:
1. Keeping track of those little buggers. My clicker had a tendency of winding up in the sofa cushions, or my other coat, or in the hall closet - basically, everywhere except in my hand. I finally got a small pouch which velcroes to my leash, and started keeping it in there; since I'm never without my leash outdoors, I'm never without my clicker.
2. Personally, I find it difficult to manage a leash, poop bag, clicker, treats, and hand signs, all at the same time. I still haven't found a great system, but a clip-on treat bag and a leash bag do make it easier.
 

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The clicker is great. My dog Lucy was a pretty slow learner with other methods, but she caught on sooo quickly with the clicker (and she was about 2 years old when I started it with her). It's easy to do and the dogs actually enjoy training sessions with it.
 

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I started using a clicker with my dogs when they were 8 and 10... so no, 2 years old is definitely not too late.

The course that Curbside Prophet recommended will help...also check out these links.
http://www.clickersolutions.com
http://www.clickertraining.com

Training videos help a lot in giving you a visual demonstration of how clicker training works, how to get started and time your clicks correctly:
http://www.youtube.com/kikopup
http://clickertrainusa.com/clicker-training-videos.htm

Good luck and be sure to ask questions if you have them!
 

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Positives:

Personally, I find it difficult to manage a leash, poop bag, clicker, treats, and hand signs, all at the same time. I still haven't found a great system, but a clip-on treat bag and a leash bag do make it easier.
You can also put your clicker on a wrist bungie (get it anywhere they make keys) and you can just let go when you're not using it, and then flip your hand and it's there! Treats go in the treat pouch, and the leash goes around your wrist, or clipped to your waist.
 
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