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I trained my previous dog (Dynamo) with a vocal marker, and it worked great, but it was short sharp and I sounded like a clucking chicken, which was fine at the time (I have no shame when it comes to dog-training) but my new future dog will hopefully be visiting the nursing home with me, so a less obnoxious marker would be nice.
So I might try a clicker, but, really super dumb question coming, ready...?
How in heck do you hold the clicker, click, collect treats to deliver and do hand signals (touch, target) move things around (targets). My two hands are super busy, would love to see pics and videos of the human end of clicker training, or I go back to clucking like a chicken, it worked for Dynamo right through agility.
Oh, and I get to practice on my cats in the meantime--they don't mind at all.;)
 

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This is kikopup she is a really good clicker trainer. I think in this video she explains how to hold and use the clicker. If its easier for you, you can use your tongue. Click it like you would to encourage a horse forward. The important part of the clicker is that it makes the same noise every time.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wv1uvvqaSw
Thanks, it's a lovely tutorial.

My takeaway for my question was this: it seems like she's caching the treats in the same hand as the clicker (this would solve one of my problems, as I cache treats in one hand and treat with the other (keeping both hands busy). I only cache treats in the beginning stages when you need rapid rewards (especially with cats!), but that's where I'm at with the felines and where I'd start with New Future Dog.

Second takeaway. Had no idea clickers needed a muffler, or how. I tried pen clicking with my cats (as they are noise sensitive) but it turns out I'm in the habit of clicking pens, oops, and I felt like I needed three hands (which goes back to the first question).

Anyhoo, thanks millions. I mean, at worst, I just keep on clucking like chicken. I'm sure the old folks would get a laugh, and I'll bet clickers need plenty of explaining too.

PS. I probably 'talk' with my hands too.
 

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Second question, related to the first. Ha, just in case I decide to continue with a vocal marker, would love to know everyone's 'bridge word' or non-mechanical marker.

Mine was a high pitched 'gud!' (from the back of my throat, hence, like a clucking chicken), very distinct, and quick but weird.

"Yes" was no good, as I use it casually in general praise talk.

Have tried 'click', the word, on the cats, but it seems to lack the head swivelling punch.

So, what's everyone's bridge word or marker?
 

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Thanks Kmes, super detailed description of hand co-ordination, which is just what I was looking for.
Practiced with cats, clicker in target hand, treat hand holds cache.
Only problem was co-ordinating the click when I was pointing. Need to convince myself that my thumb can click, and finger can point at the same time. It's good to have practice cats.
Also, since I want to move on to props eventually, I'm really super glad I know how to use my voice as a consistent marker. Sounds like there's a time and place for that.
And, I used a gum eraser to muffle the click. Makes a nice calm quiet sound now, so the kikopup vid was very useful in that tip also. The cats took to the click immediately (would be about the 4th marker I tried, they'll be experts on markers before I am done with them). They are not minding at all being experimented upon.
 
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