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Clicker Training Walter

As a behavior nurse, clicker trainer, and parent to two small boys, I often get the question:

"Have you ever clicker trained your kids?"

The answer, of course, is "yes." Why wouldn't I? No, I don't typically use a clicker as part of by "kid training," but I still use the same principles. I reward good behavior and decisions, guide and instruct as needed, and decrease criteria if its too challenging. If my learner behaves inappropriately or in an unwanted way, I:

  1. Give them a break

  2. Try to redirect to a more appropriate response or

  3. Ignore it.

Sounds familiar, right?

Well, it's no mystery that raising kids is very similar to raising any other "animal." For fun though, I bring you some video of my youngest boy's first actual clicker training session.


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