Volunteers are needed to help with the training of dogs and cats in the shelter to ready them for adoption. Clicker training is a positive reinforcement method that rewards dogs and cats for completing tasks, making it easier for them to recognize the behaviors we want to see. Volunteers will receive training in the methods of clicker training if interested.
Clicker training is a great way to teach old dogs new tricks (or cats, birds, horses etc.). Dogs and cats are encouraged to do a certain behavior and then rewarded when they do it correctly. They are first rewarded with a treat and ‘click’ at the same time. As time goes on, the click sound will serve as an standalone auditory response to show the animals they have completed the desired task. Clickers are small plastic and metal devices that can be kept on keychains, or on the leash so they can be used all the times.
Pet Network will provide online video tutorials on clicker training, training with staff and possibly group training with Rachel Frank, a professional trainer from Savvy Dog.
“Simply put, it is communication - clear, positive, ‘animal’-friendly. With the click we're saying "Wow! You got it right!". It is a "yes!” answer that opens the doors to shared understanding.” Alexandra Kurland, developer of clicker training for horses.