Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Clicker Training Basics: If you give a man a fish...

As the old saying goes, if you give a man a fish he will eat for a day; but, if you teach a man to fish he will eat for a lifetime.  Do you simply want your dog to 'sit', 'down', and 'stay' at the end of a training class? Or do you want to learn the tools you need to be able to teach your dog anything (including being calm) and have a lifelong bond? Wouldn't you rather have your dog lie peacefully on a mat and chew a bone instead of beg at the table? Are you seeking more practical dog behavior solutions? Come experience the future of dog training at The Animal Scientist.  Through force-free positive reinforcement methods, we can train YOU how to teach your dog for years to come.

The Animal Scientist utilizes the newest method of research based learning and the future of dog cognition: clicker training.  Clicker training was developed in part by the famous B.F. Skinner and world renowned trainer, Karen Pryor, in order to train animals without the use of force or punishment.  This easy, user-friendly method uses the clicker as an event marker to tell the learner exactly what is desired.  This marker is classically conditioned with a reinforcer, something the learner desires, like food, praise, or fun.  Then the trainer uses operant conditioning to capture or shape the desired behavior.