You can clicker train just about anything. Chickens, fish, rats, and even bees can be conditioned to perform behaviors based on this simple training technique. In a nutshell, you teach your pet that “Click” means “Yes.” Everything else is just building on that. You can teach your dog to use the toilet and flush when he’s done, if you are really dedicated.
Before your dog can get flushing though, you and him both need to be comfortable with a clicker. Start out by choosing a comfortable one. (I like mine because the finger band allows me the use of both hands. It makes training a lot simpler.) Choose a distraction free environment, and some treats your dog loves. If your dog doesn’t love treats, try toys, a favorite ball, baby socks, a dirty tissue…what ever it is that makes your dog’s eyes light up with joy. Click, and then give your dog the treat quickly. (Not hot-potato quickly, but moving-something-gross quickly, within 1-3 seconds.)
Continue repeating this until your dog reacts to the clicker the same way he does when you’re trying to stealthily open up a cheese wrapper.
Some people like to use a word instead of a clicker, but keep in mind that a clicker allows your dog the freedom to focus on his work, and not your face/sentences/is this “Good!” I get something? Or “Good!” The mailman is here…?) Often times they end up so busy looking at you and deciding what you mean by “Good” that they miss what you’re trying to teach them entirely. Clickers simplify the process, and lets the dog work on what he’s supposed to, instead of trying to decipher humanity.
Introduce your friends, family, or training clients to clicker training with this printer friendly comic.