The click is obviously not rewarding itself; it is rewarding because it is always followed by a treat, so that she has a strong association between the click and food. The rule is that you must always reward after clicking. If you click the wrong thing by mistake, tough; you still have to reward. With Jack, who is more savvy at this game, I sometimes reward by throwing his favorite toy for him.
What am I clicking Jenny for?
- Coming into the kitchen while I am making food
- Touching my hand with her nose while I am holding out her harness open as if to put it over her head
- The Boy clicks her for responding to him saying her name. Because he is a martial arts instructor, he has a very good sense of how to reward small progressions in physical responses, so he is clicking just as she starts to sit up in response to him.
- Eye contact with me when scary things happen
Jenny on her second day with me
Jenny today: “Why did you put the clicker away? I was having fun.”
Go go clicker training!