What is Cat Clicker Training?
This highly effective training method uses positive reinforcement to teach cats and dogs how to behave and perform tricks.
Here’s how it works:
- First, your cat must learn to associate the clicking sound with a treat.
- Then whenever your cat performs the desired behavior, make a click and give your kitty a treat.
- This will develop a connection between the behavior, click, and treat.
- This connection is only effective if you click at the exact moment your pet performs the behavior. Timing the click just right helps your cat understand which action is being rewarded.
How to Get Started
The first step is to teach your kitty that the clicking sound means a treat is coming. You can do that by clicking and then immediately giving your furry friend a treat.
Some cats prefer toys over treats. If that sounds like your feline, just replace the treat with your pet’s favorite toy.
Whether using treats or toys as a reward, don’t rush through this process. It might take several weeks for your cat to associate the clicking sound with a reward. Just be patient with your puss.
Soon enough your cat will make that connection. And when that happens, you can use the clicker to train your cat how to do all sorts of things.
What You Can Teach Your Cat
Once your cat is ready for official training, you must decide what to teach your pet first. There are many different options but it’s best to start with basic behaviors. After your cat has mastered those, you can move on to more advanced tricks.
Here are some examples of what you can teach your cat:
- Get inside the crate
- Sit on command
- Come when called
- Walk on a leash
- Use the litterbox
- Get along with another pet in the house
- Sleep in the cat bed
- Use the cat scratcher
- Give you a high five
- Play fetch
Cat Clicker Training Tips for Success
Give your kitty the best chance of success by following these helpful tips:
- Keep each training session short. Just a few minutes is fine.
- Train on a regular basis.
- Don’t click too soon or too late. Time it just right to eliminate any confusion.
- Don’t click more than once.
- Never force your cat to do anything.
- Don’t punish your cat. Clicker training is all about positive reinforcement.
- Be patient. Some cats learn quicker than others.
- Focus on one behavior or trick at a time. You don’t want to overwhelm your cat.
Cat clicker training is a great way to teach your feline positive behaviors and fun tricks. Best of all, the time you spend training your kitty will strengthen the bond the two of you share.