Clicker training is one of the best ways to train and communicate with your pet. It is a lot easier to learn for both the pet and the owner than standard command based training. The fact is, you can effectively clicker train any kind of animal of any age. Cats are one of the best animals to clicker train. In this article, we will go over some of the best tips for clicker training for cats.
1. Initial Stage.
During the initial/introductory stage, you are going to want to get your cat familiar with the clicker sound and understand that a click means ‘good.’ To do this, you simply push and release the clicker which should make a 2 toned click. Once you do this, immediately treat your cat with his/her favorite treats. Because you are going to be doing this a lot, you will want to keep the treats very small.
2. Using The Clicker.
You are going to want to be sure that you click during the actual desired behavior and not after it is completed. Your cat will not understand the difference and will associate the desired behavior as the behavior he/she is doing right when the clicker is clicked. Do not worry if your cat stops doing the behavior immediately after hearing the click since the click ends the behavior.
You will want to click when you cat does something that you like. Ideally, you are going to want to begin with some of the easier things that your cat naturally does. That way, you will be able to simply click when you notice them doing it.
4. Special Enthusiasm.
If you really like what your cat does or is doing, you will want to click one (in and out) in order to express your ultimate satisfaction. Always increase the number of treats, never the number of clicks.
5. Keep Your Training Sessions Short.
A lot of people assume that the longer they train their cats, the more they are going to learn and the fastest they will absorb the training. The fact is, you are going to have much more effective sessions the shorter they are. Try to keep your training sessions around 5 minutes each. You will actually be able to get more progress completed in 3 sessions of 5 minutes of duration than you would be by having one session for an hour long. You will be able to get great results by teaching a little to your pet each and every single day for a short amount of time. Keep things fun and interesting for your cat.
6. Don’t Wait For Everything.
A lot of people make the mistake of waiting for the entire action of what they desire. For example, if you want your cat to learn the command ‘sit,’ simply click and reward if they even make a motion to sit. This is going to allow them to progress towards the full goal.
Ultimately, clicker training is one of the best ways to train virtually any pet. If you are interested in training your cat, be sure to try out clicker based training for excellent results.