I am no expert on clicker training, i am just posting this as something i can link for newbies to clicker training. I HOPE VERY MUCH THAT OTHERS WILL CONTRIBUTE their own info, tips, and other links for newbies to clicker training. THE CONCEPT is simple---- Mark/reward what you DO like, with a CLICK/TREAT. One can also click and reward attempts in right direction, too, and build upon that. ignore wrong moves from the dog. No scolding, no 'corrections' are involved at all, not even the word "no". Wrong moves get the dog silence, no treat. That's it, in a nutshell! TRAINING SHOULD BE FUN FOR BOTH YOU AND THE DOG!! If training is NOT fun, you are doing it wrong. A clicker is a small gizmo which makes "click" noise, to mark "YES! THAT'S IT!" to the dog. You can buy these online, or at any petstore. If you get a LOUD box-shaped clicker, you may want to add piece of tape to soften the sound a bit, in case you click by dog's head. You can attach clickers to stretchy coil keychains and keep it on wrist during training. EVERY click gets a reward, no exceptions. (even if you click wrong thing by accident) If you accidentally click wrong move, just ignore the dog offering that again (and again ), til he stops offering that. You click ONE (1) time for a correct move, as a way of saying "YES!! THAT'S IT!" but you can give multiple treats for a "breakthough" moment. These moments, when dog does very well, and gets more than one treat for doing SO GREAT, are called "jackpots". I think giving multiple small treats, one after the other, while praising the dog, means more to some dogs than just a bigger size treat, imo. Timing is important. One tries to click during the move, or sometimes, towards last moment of the move, not after the move is done. The treat should come within a moment after the click. "Loading the clicker" This is a ONE TIME exercise ONLY for dogs new to clickers, that the dog remembers for life. Just click the clicker, wait a few seconds and give a treat. Repeat several times. Dog QUICKLY learns "click = treat". A few hours later, or next day, repeat this session. To check if your dog is ready, click the clicker, if he looks to you for a treat, you are done "loading" the clicker, the dog now understands. After this, you can begin to teach a trick, and from now on, you only will click during correct moves, or for attempts in right direction. AFTER the dog SOLIDLY knows the trick, you fade the click, and then fade the treats. I typically fade out treats slowly, and insert praise only instead. like "treat, treat, praise only, treat, praise, praise, treat, praise, treat, praise" and just make it random as i fade it out. You will NOT have to click the dog doing that trick for his whole life, just click while he is learning the trick. There is NO harm in continuing to click too long, but, stopping the clicks or rewards too soon can mess up some dogs progress. Those are the basics that come to mind right now, but More links and better, more detailed info in posts to follow!!!