I’ve clicker trained my dogs. Is it basically the same thing? Any differences I should know?

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  1. Ponygirl

    it’s very close.
    One thing you want to be sure and do is prevent “mugging” for the treat. They figure out that the click means treat really fast; you need to always give them the treat, a few teaspoons of grain, tucked in toward his chest a bit, so he isn’t reaching out to you for the goodies.
    I had to retrain my hyper gelding to take the treat back in his own space, not in mine.
    The other thing I have noticed is that I can train horses much faster than dogs. I trained the aforementioned gelding what the clicker meant and to fetch in two 15 minute sessions! I can only do it that fast with a dog if they already do the behavior and are learning about the click. If I am trying to teach what the click means and a totally new behavior, it seems to take me longer with the dog. Maybe I just think like a horse more than a dog???!!!

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