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Cat training with a clicker is a reinforcement or reward for a cat when training them. Clickers are use most often for support when training a cat for a reward. Cats associate the clicker with a good behaviour they will use for a long time. Clicker training is associated with classical conditioning (they associate the sound with food) and operant conditioning (where the cat performs movement to receive food).
Why use a clicker and not tell a cat or make a sound to get your cat to do a trick? A clicker has a sound a cat can hear and associate good behaviour. With words, the tones in our voice can change from time to time, which a can cause a cat to become confused with the training. The clicker is a training tool to get the desired behaviour started with the cat. Once a cat has learned the particular behaviour or trick you can put the clicker away.
When taking the cat out for a walk or on a trip, the clicker is a good item to take along with you. Cats can get distracted with other people, or animals in the area. Using the clicker will reinforce the behaviour that you have taught them. In addition, a clicker can help you to keep your cat walking with you instead of wandering around.
With the clicker, a cat can be trained using three easy steps:
- Get the behaviour
- Mark the behaviour
- Reinforce the behaviour
Get the behaviour is the first step. An example of this would be for the cat to jump a hoop. The cat will have to know that when you click that they get a treat. Start with very small treats in your pocket. Click, treat, click treat. Do this a few times until you see the cat coming for the treat when you click.
Next, marking the behaviour. You will have to show the cat the hoop. Once the cat touches the hoop, click, treat. Then encourage the cat to go though the hoop; when once it does, click, treat. Continue to do this until the cat goes though the hoop on its own or with your command. Then, reinforce the behaviour. Remember to have snacks handy so when you do see your cat go though the hoop a snack is available.
Cat training with a clicker can be fun for both you and the cat. Each step you take in training will be rewarding for you both. Try not to rush a cat in training, as they can become confused easily. Particularly if they are not comfortable with the last step. Cat training with a clicker will take time and patience. Patience, love, and rewards will be the key factor in training your cat.
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The clicker is a good exercises tool for a cat. Ideally your cat your exercise for 10 to 15 minutes a day. For exercising, you can have the cat use a hoop, play with a toy, climb on scratching post or something else that will ensure the cat is getting some exercise. Exercises will help the cat to stay healthy and also help to keep it out of mischief.
Clickers can come with books to help you train, treats, and a clicker. Clickers come in many different size shapes, and colour. You will want to research the clickers out. Check out a pet store, Internet sites give lots of information on training and using a clicker. Check out companies that make the clicker by using Internet to see what kind they offer and any additional information that you might need to get the process of training done. Check out articles about the clicker. Talk to someone that has used one. Talk to your area veterinary about training with a Clicker
Once you have used a clicker, your cat will get good exercise and be a healthy cat. The cat will be happier and you will be delighted with the new behaviours that you have taught your cat.
To sum cat training with a clicker,you must remember to have patience, love and of course…..the clicker!