Clicker Training Blog

Muddy Paws? Teach Your Dog to Wipe His Feet!

I love everything about spring. Well, except for one thing—the muddy paws!

Real Men Carry a Clicker

If dogs are man’s best friend, chances are that man is carrying a clicker! With the ever-increasing popularity of positive reinforcement training, more and more men are joining the throngs of pet owners and trainers who are abandoning their choke collars in favor of this humane, gentler training.

Teaching Your Puppy Impulse Control

Let’s face it, puppies are like toddlers -- when they want something, they want it NOW!

Dogs Like Kids They Feel Safe With

When you think about kid/dog pairs, Timmy and Lassie may come to mind. But if you have a dog or a child, you probably know that the two aren’t always a match made in heaven.

Making Friends: Socializing Your Puppy

New puppy? Congratulations!

What to Do When “Come” Won’t Cut It: The Emergency Recall Cue

This month’s Clicker Classic article, Training a Steadfast Recall, explains step-by-step how to teach a recall.

Mother’s Day Food for Thought: The “Aw Phenomenon”

Why are humans suckers for puppies? What makes us go all gooey when we see babies? In The Other End of the Leash, new this month in the store, Patricia McConnell says that puppies, babies, and other animals that depend on adults for survival have anatomical features that elicit caretaking from adults. These features, McConnell says, call forth a reaction that is so hardwired and universal that psychologists have dubbed it the “aw phenomenon.”

You Don’t Have to Be a Magician to Teach Your Rabbit Tricks!

Have you ever seen a rabbit do tricks that didn’t involve a wand or black hat?