When you condition the clicker the proper way, it will affect your dog as follows:
When the clicker goes off and the sound hits the dog’s ear and brain, the brain will release dopamine.
This is advantageous, because if you are 10 – 20 steps away from your dog, it will take you a few seconds to get back to your dog to dispense the reward. Without the clicker, the dopamine in the dog‘s brain is not released, until the dog sees or tastes the treat. With the clicker, the dog will actually believe, that the treat is already in his/her mouth, even though he/she may be 10 – 15 seconds away from actually receiving it.
Another reason to use a clicker is, that the sound is always the same. Your voice may be soft one time, loud at another time, excited, low energy, hesitant etc. When you are trying to communicate to your dog, that he/she got something right, these changes in your voice might confuse the dog.
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