A Commercial Clicker Board

Looks like someone is manufacturing electronic clicker boards in Japan.  I personally prefer my homemade, low-tech clicker boards that use ordinary clickers but this new electronic version has a very low profile and it shows up on your doorstep ready to go.. no assembly required.   Those are both very enticing features!

In the video above, you can see that a stride regulator was added for the smaller terrier at 2:43 minutes.  I think its important to note that regardless of the props used, this small dog did not hit very deep in the contact zone.  I personally would not have added that stride regulator  because it forced unnatural extension and looked uncomfortable for him to do.  Also based on this particular dog’s style of running, I would not have begun practicing full-out running on a dog walk until he understood the end behavior I was looking for… intentional targeting near the end of the contact zone.   The end result of back-chaining like this would likely be a bit slower due to more strides on the dog walk but I think that would be more than balanced out by safety, reliability, and independence.

You can also see some leaping (rear feet together) vs. running (rear feet separation) by other dogs in the video above.  Clicker boards are great for communicating to dogs WHERE their feet are supposed to hit, but not HOW their feet are supposed to hit.  So using a clicker board (electronic or low-tech)  can produce different styles of foot targeting than  Silvia Trkman’s method, which focuses on CAPTURING running/ rear feet separation first and SHAPING lower hits over time.

Like my low-tech Clicker Board, this new electronic version will not train Running Contacts.  It will however mark the moment a dog’s feet hit inside the contact zone, which releases the handler from the responsibility of having to see and then mark that behavior in a timely fashion.

Below are links to earlier posts on my low-tech clicker boards if you want to build one vs. buy one.

https://artanddogblog.wordpress.com/2013/10/16/the-clicker-board-makes-training-running-contacts-a-breeze-with-perfectly-timed-clicks-every-rep/

https://artanddogblog.wordpress.com/2014/06/15/clicker-board-using-button-clickers-vs-box-clickers/

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