The Sound of Silence: Accessing the Power of a Withheld Click - Karen Pryor Clicker Training
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The Sound of Silence: Accessing the Power of a Withheld Click

Michele Pouliot - Cincinnati 2016

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 video presentation, Michele Pouliot addresses how to use the absence, or withholding, of the click most effectively. Trainers make decisions constantly in every training session. The focus in planning a training session is often about the timing of when to administer clicks.

Michele shows how thoughtful decisions regarding when to “not click” result in powerful communication to the dog. She also discusses the prerequisites that the dog must know before the trainer can expand the intentional use of withheld clicks.This presentation includes PowerPoint presentation and video demonstrations.