Is using a clicker different from saying the word “yes”? It is faster. People may not feel it is, especially when their mechanical skills are not what they should be, but it really is faster. It is unique to the dog’s environment. They hear our voices a lot, but when do they hear clicks? It is consistent. You can make different sounds on a clicker and if you use a different clicker it will sound different, but it is MUCH more consistent than a word. How many ways can you say the word “yes”? It carries no emotional baggage. Words, since they are not unique, do. Actually, my very favorite part about clicker training is watching the dog when they hear the click. Watch the reaction in their faces, their ear position, their mouths, their body language. They KNOW. The excitement on their faces is amazing.
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