You’ve probably already heard about clicker training for canines, but did you know that it is possible to clicker train your feline friends as well? Yes, you read that right. Read on below to know how to clicker train your cat.
While some think that training a cat is very impossible, as long as you are patient and determined, you will be surprised at how your kitties perform tricks and obey your commands.
To make training effective and efficient, we will use a little tool called a clicker. It’s a great and fun tool to use. And the good news is that it’s readily available in pet stores. So now, gear up and brace yourself for an enjoyable kitty training adventure ahead.
Clicker and Treats
Before anything else, you have to know that your feline buddy needs to recognize the sound of a clicker and associate it with scrumptious treats.
To do this, you have to get your pet cat’s attention first. Once you have her attention, start clicking on the clicker. When she listens, give your kitty a treat. Better yet, allow her to have a small bite of any food.
Here is a friendly reminder. Have more patience. It will take time for your cat to establish a connection to the clicker and respond to it. The secret here is repetition. Do it regularly until your cat is able to fully comprehend that every click corresponds to a treat.
After a positive association with the sound of the clicker is established, it will be easier to train your kitty. You could now start using the clicker to tell your kitty if she is doing something good. For instance, if she uses a cat scratching post instead of scratching on your sofa.
Whenever your pet cat exhibits a good behaviour, you can click the clicker and offer her a tasty treat.
Now that your pet cat can recognize a clicker, you can now use target sticks. These sticks could be anything like the eraser at the tip of your pencil.
Teach your pet cat to follow the stick. Don’t worry, because that is very easy to do. Put the target close to the nose of your pet cat, about 2 inches away from the nose is enough. As soon as she starts to sniff it and touches her nose to it, get the clicker and click it. After that, give your kitty a treat. If you are having a hard time getting your pet’s attention, put a bit of wet food on the tip of the target.
As soon as you notice that your pet kitty is becoming more comfortable with this part of her training, you may proceed to the next step, wherein you move the target stick around, so that it will be next to your cat. She has to turn to be able to sniff it.
When she turns around, use the clicker to inform her that she is rewarded for her behaviour. Again, repetition is the secret. Eventually, move the target stick away from your kitty. Before you know it, she is already following the target obediently.
Training for Good Kitty Behaviours
Using the clicker and the target stick, you may now teach your kitty some new tricks. Over time, she will begin to respond to your voice commands without the use of training tools.
Just remember these tips:
When you decide to clicker train your cat, make the sessions short. That way, your pet won’t easily get distracted, bored, or frustrated.
Do not force your cat to react. Take things slowly but surely.
Make sure you are only using the clicker when you are training or when she exhibits a positive behaviour. If you use it too often, your cat might no longer react or respond to the clicker.
Do not ever punish your cat if she does not respond. It is best that you use positive reinforcement and reward her if she does good.
Spending time to clicker train your pet cats is a great way to establish a strong bond with your feline friends. You might even find yourself surprised by the tricks that they can learn and exhibit. Other than that, positive training may reinforce good behaviours and may help reduce feline stress, boredom, and anxiety.
Now, to get started, all you need to do is head to the nearest pet supply store and buy a clicker you can use for the clicker training. If you don’t feel like going out of your house, feel free to order a clicker online. There are plenty of online stores selling clickers at very affordable prices.
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