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Whether you’re a seasoned trainer or new to marker-based training, this short course is a great way to practice your timing, observation, and mechanical skills. Marker-based training is nothing new! It has been around for decades, starting even before the 1940s, made more popular in the 1980s and 1990s in animal training. Now, it is by far the most popular way to train dogs whether they are pets, service dogs, working in TV & Film, scent detection dogs, medical alert dogs, or any other capacity. A marker can be anything from a clicker (a small plastic box with a button or metal noisemaker), a “yes”, a tongue cluck, a beep, a snap of the fingers, or a hand signal (like a thumbs up), or a vibration collar (for deaf dogs). The marker of choice will need to be conditioned (associated with a piece of food) in order for it to be effective as it is nothing on its own. Why use a marker in training? Because training without a marker can really be hindered because praise may not inform the learner of success promptly or precisely enough to create the required connection in their brain for speedy learning. The marker acts as a bridge so that the learner understands that whatever they did at the exact moment the marker sounded is what has earned them their paycheque (a small piece of desired food). In this course, you’re going to learn how to condition the clicker so that your dog understands what it means and how this works, making you a much more efficient and effective trainer. Let’s get started on making you an efficient and effective trainer!