After almost 80 tricks with Laika I finally bought a clicker !! I bought only because looks like everybody on positive training have one and I wanted to have my opinions based on my own experiences. Remember I have always used only positive reinforcement with a happy marker word instead of a CLICK. The fact is I DIDN'T like the clicker at all! Reasons: I feel far away from my dog during training; (I mean I feel more connect if I talk to my dog instead of pushing a button) More one thing to do; (I mean I have to make the signal or lure my dog, generally I also pet her as a reward, delivery quickly treats, watch her actions carefully... ) I can change "the feeling" with my voice;( I mean if she has made a great advancement I can show my excitement with my voice while saying "Very good!" which acts as a better reward then a regular "Very good", I can increase duration with my voice saying it slowly "Veeeeeeeryyyyy good"... And of course dogs can distinguish between them, they are experts on humans right? ) You can say that the clicker is for best precision, but if you can click on that moment why you can't say the marker word? You can say also that the click delays the treats a few seconds, but a consistent marker word has the same effect. ( The marker word has so much meaning to Laika that when I say it she licks herself). The clicker comes from whale and dolphin training where you don't have a natural contact which in dogs training you have!! Isn't it more natural for the dog to hear "Very good" instead of "Click"? Of course I know if you use the clicker you aren't "forbidden " to use the benefits of voice and corporal language, but why not go direct for them? Why put a mechanic click between you and your dog? I won't change the "Very good" for a "Click" with Laika, also because she is very used to the marker word; but if I train another dog someday I would like to know more about all that... I'm not saying everybody should stop using a clicker I am just saying how "'I"" feel about it and I want to know what are your thoughts. In fact I don't even think I am "right" , because sounds EVERY good trainer I have notice has followed in love with a clicker!