HOW WELL DOES IT WORK?
It gets phenomenal results! To give you some examples, America's
Most Versatile Border Collie for 1999 is clicker-trained. The 1999
Australian Police Dog of the Year is clicker-trained. And right
here in South Africa, the holder of the World Record for Speed Weave
Poles is clicker-trained.
One trainer has said that clicker training is faster and more reliable
than conventional "J&P" (jerk & praise) training,
but that it demands more from the trainer. This is probably true,
but it's a lot more fun for you as well as the dog! It also teaches
you the skills you need to be a successful handler - patience, consistency,
good timing, and you can use these skills in other areas of your
life as well. (In fact, Karen Pryor, who is a marine biologist and
dolphin trainer and who is usually credited with having started
the whole clicker movement, points out that dolphin trainers all
have unusally nice children!)