Cat clicker training!
Felines are known to be self-willed creatures, but they can be tamed. Here's how to train your cat efficiently.
Cat clicker training - be amazed!
Clicker training is a way of bonding with your cat and learning it new manners through positive reinforcement. More commonly, it is associated with dog training, and it has proven to be highly effective in that field. However, cats are indefinitely different in behaviour to dogs, so how is it that people can teach these two polar opposites new tricks in the same way?
Cats have a reputation for being self-willed and stubborn creatures. And that is true. However, that doesn't mean your cat doesn't want to play with you or learn new things. In fact, they are highly intelligent creatures who need to socialise and form strong bonds with their owners. Therefore, the cat will likely enjoy this kind of training, as it sees it as social bonding. There are many other benefits in clicker training your cat too.
Cat clicker training | How does it work?
Clicker training is done with a tiny plastic cube that you can press to make a clear and distinct clicking sound. They are cheap to buy and are available in most pet stores. You will also need a treat to reward your cat with when it responds correctly with the clicker. The click sound becomes positive reinforcement as the cat begins to associate the click with a reward.
Do a simple task, such as pointing your hand towards your cat. If the cat touches your hand with its paw, press the clicker, and reward it. Do this repeatedly, and eventually, the cat will understand that every time it touches your hand, it will hear a click, followed by a reward. And just like that, your cat can give you a high-five.
Cat clicker training | What are the benefits?
The most significant benefit of clicker training cats is the social aspect of it. The time you spend together learning new things will be socially rewarding for both parties. It will create a stronger bond between you and your pet.
Cats need stimuli to thrive, and because they are so intelligent, they will need to use their brains for what they can. Clicker training can make your cat get adequate mental stimuli, which will lead to a mentally stable and relaxed cat. Often indoors, cats don't get enough stimuli and end up becoming reckless.
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Summon your cat more easily with clicker training!
If you practise summoning your cat by clicking every time it shows up on command, it will be easier for you to summon it when it matters. When your cat is under stress and goes hiding, it will get easier for you to summon it if it associates your voice with safety.
How to easily summon your cat with clicker training?
An essential rule in this kind of training is not to overdo it. Short sessions are key, as the cat's attention-spawn can be short. Because they are so self-willed, they might just leave when they have had enough. When the cat is doing well, end it there, as it will associate clicker training with something fun.
Gradual increasing and lots of repetition
Start with something easy, such as sitting on command. Hold a treat in your hand as the cat stands in front of you. Slowly move your hand above and toward the cat's head. As your hand moves over its head, it will look upwards towards the treat and naturally lean backwards before it falls on its cheeks.
When its ass touches the ground, press the clicker and give it a treat.
Do this repeatedly until the cat doesn't need the hand above it and sits by itself.
Be patient and repeat this in no more than 10-minute sessions over a few days to see good results.