Clicker training is a form of reinforcement based training which utilizes an audible marker to communicate to the animal precisely which behavior the trainer is looking for. The sound of the click tells the animal it is doing something correctly, at the very moment it happens, and it is always followed up with a small reward. The clicker-savvy animal understands that if it repeats the behavior it was doing when it heard the click last time, it will receive another treat.
The sound of the click is used to capture a natural behavior (such as the dog sitting down or tilting its head) or it can be used to gradually shape complex behaviors such as opening doors, or turning on light switches.
Once the pet and owner both understand the concept of training, new behaviors can be learned in a matter of minutes at any point in the animal’s life, making it an extremely effective training tool.