Charging the clicker with Casper – Clicker training for Cats

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Charging the clicker training for cats – In this training session I show you how to charge the clicker. This first exercise is the start for clicker training for cats. Cats can trained to do different things. If you thought cats couldn’t be trained, watch this video of the clicker training sessions of Casper, watch his progression and learn how you can teach your cat tricks right at home.
After charging the clicker, you can teach your cat all sorts of things.

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Before you can do any clicker training on a cat you need to teach them what a clicker is. This process is called charging or conditioning the clicker.

So what do we need ?
First of all you need to a clicker, about 10 to 15 treats (pea sized treats or other food rewards) – use high value foods as a reward, anything the cat REALLY likes, meat or canned food.
Do the exercise when there is little to no distraction in the room

Charging the clicker’ means we are going to create an association between the sound of the click and food. (connecting the food to the sound of the click)
The clicker’s unique and abrupt sound paired with food will help your cat clearly distinguish the moment they did something right.

For this initial exercise your cat does not has to do anything specific. Wait for the right moment (we don’t want the cat meowing or jumping), click and treat., pause for a second, do it again (the cat sits or looks at me), click and treat., and so on.

You can toss the food on the ground or you can use a spoon to deliver the food when the food is more sticky. Using a spoon makes things less messy, as your cat will just lick the food from the spoon.
If you don’t use a spoon, use small pea sized treats. After you click place the reward on the ground.
I like to use a spoon with wet food because it is easier to regulate how much food is on the spoon.

The cat gets a treat immediately AFTER the click. The ‘immediately after ’ is very important : the treat must not be given at exactly the same time as the clicking sound, because then no association would take place. In the beginning, a time span of half a second between the click and the treat is ideal. This time span can get longer once the association has been firmly installed into the cats brain.
If the time span between the click and the treat is too long, you will fail because your cat will not make the connection between the click and the treat.
Also pay attention not to reach for the treat until after you clicked. Otherwise your cat will think the hand motion is the marker and will watch for that.
So try it : you take the clicker in your hand, put a few treats easy to reach nearby, and call your cat towards you. Only click once each time, and give him the treat within half a second. Repeat this a few times. And whether you believe it, or not, you are well on your way to condition your cat!
Make about 8 to 10 repetitions of clicks and treats in one exercise session. A session won’t any take longer than 2-3 minutes maximum.

About two to four short sessions during two days should be enough for your cat to make and remember the association between the click and the food.
Only when the connection is made, you are ready for the next step in clicker training.

With clicker training you can teach your cat all sort of things. In our next video I will show you how to teach ‘Sit’ to a cat using clicker training.

One last tip before you can start exercising:
Pay attention not to move the clicker hand, you can hide it behind your body. Also you don’t need to give commands, speak to your cat and don’t make any specific body movements, because they will be interpreted as a unwanted clues.

Have fun

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