03 Apr One Click, Two Click, Red Click, Blue Click
In the intermediate freestyle class that I took with Tyson at Cassandra’s Canines, I was introduced to a new principle in Clicker Training: the Double Click. Basically Cassandra teaches that the Single Click means… your doing something right, keep going and Double Click means: Now you’ve done it right and here’s your reward. I don’t discount Cassandra’s techniques — she does incredible routines with her dogs so she has obviously had success with this. The trouble is, I use the clicker with Tyson for so many other applications, it’s hard to be consistent. Particularly when we are doing clicker in rally-o or with meet and greets with other dogs. Plus teaching clicker to my students including freestyle…if I start using the clicker as a Keep Going Signal KGS (KGS) I could get into some pretty mucky waters.
While the principle of using a KGS in training is not new, I cannot find any literature on the single click, double click technique. On clickertraining.com Karen Pryor’s defines a Keep Going Signal (KGS) as “A signal – verbal or otherwise – given in the middle of a behavior to tell the dog he is doing the behavior correctly and should keep doing what he’s doing.” Karen Pryor also says, “Keep Going Signals are an unnecessary level of complexity in training.”
I spent the last couple of months experimenting with the KGS but it seems like after giving it a go for a while, I’m simply not coordinated enough to effectively use it. I’m worried I could be confusing my dogs, and diminishing the value of the clicker. For now, I’m back to the single click, but I haven’t closed the door on double clicking yet.