Clicker training – especially trick training – can be complicated. While clicker training may be one of the most effective forms of trick training, it also time consuming and difficult for novice dog owners. You need to click when your dog does only a small part of the behavior, and try your best to teach the dog the entire trick over time.
For many dog owners, trick training with a clicker is too much effort. Yet trick training has such tremendous benefits for your dog that it is not something that you should simply ignore because it is too difficult. Trick training represents bonding time, and also teaches your dog obedience and helps your pet become popular with strangers.
Naming a Behavior
Rather than come up with a complicated trick that is unnatural for your dog, consider training your dog to perform a trick it does naturally, and simply choose a name for the trick that makes it appear complicated.
For example, when a dog is stretching or about to play, it may bend its head down to the ground with its rear in the air. This looks like bowing. So give the behavior a name: “Bow.” To train your dog you simply wait until it is performing the behavior, then the moment it does you click with the clicker and give your dog a treat. Soon you can associate the word with the trick and suddenly your dog knows a trick that seems complicated (bowing at your command) but is actually quite simple.
Trick training doesn’t need to be difficult. Sometimes all you need is a good concept of words. Give the dog a clever “command” for the trick and your dog will look like a genius, with you as the brilliant trainer.