The Sound of Silence: Accessing the Power of a Withheld Click

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Some important characteristics of effective clicker training include high rates of reinforcement, well-timed clicks, and valuable reinforcement delivered strategically. What about the space of time when there are no clicks? Is the trainer waiting for a desired behavior or is the absence of a click a deliberate tool to change the dog’s present behavior?

In this Session, Michele Pouliot will address how to use the absence, or withholding, of the click most effectively. Trainers make decisions constantly in every training session. The focus in planning atraining session is often about the timing of when to administer clicks.

This Learning Session will show how thoughtful decisions regarding when to “not click” result in powerful communication to the dog. Michele will also discuss the prerequisites that the dog must know before the trainer can expand the intentional use of withheld clicks.