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Yorkie Central, Issue #014
March 01, 2007
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If you're looking for an easy way to get your dog trained in and around the house we have a great solution for you.
Clicker Training is a great training method using positive reinforcement. This method of training rewards good behaviour and does not punish bad behaviour.
Basically a 'clicker' is a small box shaped device which when pressed makes a clicking sound. Every time your dog does something good, or learns something new you press the clicker once and immediately after give a reward.
As the dog starts getting used to clicker training they know that when they hear a click a treat will follow.
Benefits of Clicker Training
A 'clicker' always makes exactly the same, consistent sound, and it can be clicked at the exact moment when the dog is doing what it has been trained to do.
As mentioned before the dogs will find it very easy to associate the good behaviour with the click because once they hear the click they know a treat will follow. Through clicker training they will learn quickly what is expected of them.
There are other ways of training using a positive reinforcement method. For example, when the dog is doing as told it would be just as easy to say ‘good dog’. The problem with this is that our tone of voice can and will change according to certain factors such as our moods. When using clicker training the sound of the clicker will always sound exactly the same, no matter what mood you are in. This is much better when trying to train your dog as there will no way of them getting confused.
Four Important Points to Remember When Clicker Training1. When you use the click you must always produce a treat straight after. The clicker's purpose is to create a certain faith with the dog.
2. The clicker must be only used around the dog and for the dog. Under no circumstances should you let children or anyone else play with the clicker. This will be very disruptive and can damage progress you have made.
3. When using the Clicker only click once at a time. Even when your dog excels your expectations do not go crazy with the click and go 'click click click'. It can also disrupt the routine as your dog will expect a treat for each click. Remember, once is enough.
4. Clicker Training should be kept short and sweet. Do not over do it and keep it going for hours. Five minutes is more than enough. Not only should sessions be short but they should also be fun for the two of you. So, keep it short and keep it fun!
In The News
In a recent rescue on Mount Hood, Oregon, reports have indicated that one of the most vital factors aiding the survival of the three climbers was a female labrador mix named Velvet.
The climbers were caught in a terrible storm with winds blowing at up to 70 mph. Other members of the team lost contact with them and despite searching for them and using cell phones no contact was made.
As night approached many feared the worst but luckily for those caught in the storm they were well prepared with locator beacons. However, no matter how well prepared you are the weather can always get the better of you.
Enter our hero, Velvet. During the cold night up in the mountain Velvet provided the warmth necessary to keep everyone alive and well, and despite her own injuries she stayed loyal to her owner. Critics and rescue teams have both stated that if it was not for Velvet there may had been casualties.
All three climbers and Velvet are fine and have been released from hospital. Velvet had minor cuts and abrasions on her back paws and legs from prolonged exposure to the snow.
This story is an excellent example of companionship between a dog and its owner. Velvet's heroism in such dangerous conditions is not only a wonderful story but surely for us dog owners it provides even more incentive to get to know our K9's even more!
Harry's Ruffling Rye Ruffers!This is a great treat for all dog of all shapes and sizes. Not only will your dog find this treat tasty but the ingredients will help your dog have healthier bowels and digestion.
DirectonsStart by mixing in all your dry ingredients (rye flour, soy flour, bonemeal). Once thoroughly mixed add the broth, bacon fat and garlic and slowly stir them in.
Knead the entire mixture for 5 minutes and then roll to 1/2 inch thickness on a greased cookie sheet.
This is where the fun comes in. You can cut them into fun shaped cookies or just your regular round ones, either way its fun!
Have the oven ready at 180 celcius or 350 Fahrenheit. Place the tray in the oven and cook for 30 minutes. Once out of the oven sprinkle some yeast and let the Ruffers cool down!
Just AddedWe have recently added some great new pages. Check them out:
Dogs & Open Car Windows - dogs can catch a whiff of something that's one million times less concentrated than what humans can detect…
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From all of us here at Yorkie Central have a great month! We look forward to hearing your comments and getting the next edition of Yorkie Central ready for you and your friends!
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