How To Pick The Best Clicker Trainer
You will need to take a couple of things into consideration.
Where will you be using it? If outside, you may want something which can go on a lanyard or around your wrist so you can keep it to hand when needed. There are also models with finger bands, which is great if you want the most immediate clicking response.
How loud does it need to be? Again, if you are outside, you will need to get a clicker which is a bit louder than one which will be used in a quiet house, especially until your dog gets used to the noise. One which can be adjusted would be a good idea, but these can be rare.
You will also likely want something which lasts throughout their entire training schedule. This could vary – a puppy may learn everything within a year, but an older rescue dog may take a while. Think about how long you’re planning on training them for, and get something which is durable.
This can vary from around £2 to over £10+. While those at the more expensive end of the scale will likely be stronger and may come with extras such as lanyards, when it comes to sound, most will be around the same decibel level, so a more expensive clicker won’t necessarily be a louder or clearer one.
As mentioned above, while there are hundreds of clickers on the market, many will be around the same decibel level.
However, it is the type of sound they make which makes the difference. Some are soft, plastic sounds whereas those which are louder are usually made from metal and a bit more ‘tinny’. If you want something for a nervous dog, look for one which is specifically quiet, but if you want something for outdoors or long-distance then metal is a good choice.