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Cat Training With a Clicker
by Son Ngo

Clicker training is a reinforcement or reward for a cat when training them. Clickers are use most
often for support when training a cat for a reward. Cats associate the clicker with a good
behavior they will use for a long time. Clicker training is associated with classical condition (they
associate the sound with food.) and operant conditioning (cat performs movement to receive
food).

Why use a clicker and not tell a cat or make a sound to get your cat to do a trick? A clicker has a
sound a cat can hear and associate good behavior. With words, our tones in our voice can
change from time to time, which a cat can become confused with the training. With talking for
the commands, a cat could mistake the commands. With using a clicker, it is more of a training
tool to get the behavior started with the cat. Then you can put the clicker away for that
behavior or trick once a cat has learned the behavior

When taking the cat out for a walk or on a trip, the clicker is a good item to carry along with
you. Cats can get distracted with other people, or animals in the area. With using the clicker, it
will reinforce the behavior that you have taught them. In addition, a clicker can help you with
having your cat walk with you instead of wondering around.
With the clicker, a cat can be trained using three easy steps: Get a behavior, mark a behavior,
and reinforce the behavior. Get a behavior is the first step. A good example would be for the
cat to jump a hoop. The cat will have to know that when you click that they get a treat. Start
with very small treats in your pocket. Clicks, Treat, Click Treat do this for a few times until you
see the cat coming for the treat on the click. Next marking the behavior: You will have to show
the cat the hoop. Once the cat touches the hoop, click, treat. Then show the cat to go though
the hoop once it does click, treat. Continue to do this until the cat goes though the hoop on its
own or your command. Reinforce the behavior Remember to have snacks handy so when you
do see your cat go though the hoop a snack is available.

Training a cat with a clicker can be fun for both you and the cat. Taking steps in training will be
rewarding to you and the cat. Try not to rush a cat in training, as they can become confused
especially if they did not get the step before down. The training will take time and steps to
achieve this behavior. Patience, love, and rewards will be the key factor in training your cat.

The clicker is a good exercises tool for a cat. 10 to 15 mins a day you should get your cat to
exercises. For exercising, you can have the cat use a hoop, play with a toy, and climb on the
scratching post or something that focus on the cat getting exercise. Exercises will help the cat
to stay healthy and help to keep it out of mischief.

Clickers can come with books to help you train, treats, and a clicker. Clickers come in many
different size shapes, and color. You will want to research the clickers out. Check out a pet
store, Internet sites give lots of information on training and using a clicker. Check out
companies that make the clicker by using Internet to see what kind they offer and any
additional information that you might need to get the process of training done. Check out
articles about the clicker. Talk to someone that has used one. Talk to your area veterinary
about training with a Clicker

Once you have used a clicker, the cat will get good exercise and be a healthy cat. The cat will
be happier and you will be happier with the new behaviors that you have taught your cat.
To sum up training your cat, important things to remember is have patience, love and the clicker.


About The Author
Son Ngo is the owner of http://www.vkhowto.com.
The site is dedicated to how to get more out of life.