Practice makes perfect
In the initial stages of clicker training with Trinity, a click was always followed by a reward, even if we clicked accidentally – otherwise she may have stopped seeing it as a reward. We took her for a 10 minute picnic with a difference. Each time she went off the picnic mat we didn’t give her a reward, but as soon as she touched the mat we gave her a reward. This is so she builds association with the mat and snacks.
The aim with the training was to redirect Trinity’s bouncy behaviour and teach her that relaxing and not getting up to mischief is actually a fun and exciting thing to do. Once Trinity was confidently progressing, we reduced the frequency that she got the treat after the click.