That's a good question. I take my clickers to class and sometimes on walks or other public places. Even though Sundog picks up the initial trick quickly, I am always working on the 3 D's, which can take quite a while to perfect and I am clicking a trick for a long time. I often work on variations. Sometimes I am working on capturing. I am also prone to the occasional spontaneous short training session. Sometimes I don't remember where a certain clicker is, but I know where another is. I don't like having to hunt down a clicker. I always have more than one in my class bag, so that I can lend one to a friend if I need to. And sometimes I actually lose one or just can't find it. It just works better for me to have more than one clicker and I know there are times when I didn't have one handy and I would have liked to have had it handy.Why would anyone need to have a clicker with them constantly?
Maybe I'm wrong, but I thought the clicker was only really used while training the trick and then when the dog knows the trick you don't need a clicker. So you would only need the clicker if you are planning to practice a new trick (ie, during training time at home, in obedience class or agility and maybe on a walk but I would think you would teach the new trick at home first not on a walk)
Or is everyone ready to "capture" a trick at all times? (I've never captured a trick so I don't know if maybe that is what everyone is doing)
I'm interested in what more experienced (or less experienced too) people might have to say on this subject.
I usually have treats in my pocket too. Everyone thinks it's kinda' funny when I work on recalls in the woods while off-leash hiking using rewards and the premack principle, but it works. Even if I don't have a clicker handy, I can usually still mark and reward.