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What makes a good dog clicker?

If you are training your dog, you will probably need to buy a dog clicker to ensure the training’s quality. However, with so many options available, finding the right dog clicker will not be easy. There are many differences in each type of clicker. What makes a good clicker? Does it suit your dog? Do not worry! We are here already. Let’s find out what to keep in mind when choosing a dog clicker right away.

Each dog usually has a different way of training, so you should find a clicker that fits its characteristics. Some dogs like soft sounds, others like loud clicks. The correct clicker selection makes dog training easier! Here are some things to keep in mind:

Easy to use

The best dog clicker priority is to be easy to use. It is a mechanical device, not a programmer. So press the button to make a click! The intensity of the click sound emitted by clicking the clicker button is essential. Try using it a few times in advance to see if it makes a sound before you get used to the clicker by your fluffy friend. By pressing and releasing the button, training new dog tricks will be much easier.

Durability

The best dog clicker needs to be durable. It will be a pity and waste if you buy a broken clicker after using them a few times. If you are about to buy a clicker dog, we recommend buying more than one to prevent your clicker from being lost or broken. In addition, after a period of use, the clicker will gradually lose the original sound intensity. So it’s better if you have another spare in your backpack.

We all know that more expensive products will be more durable. However, many brands offer good dog clicks with a variety of colors and features. Outdoor training sessions will likely take place in extreme weather conditions with rain, snow, etc. Therefore, it is better if you carefully research the clicker brands before buying. A metal box clicker is a perfect choice.

Wrist strap

The wristband allows training to be easy. You can use the clicker on your wrist every time you don’t use it without worrying about losing, dropping, or accidentally stepping on them. For some dog clicker brands, the wristband is considered a standard feature. However, some other product lines are designed in loops or clips to attach to clothes. But above all, you should make sure that the clicker you buy won’t naturally disappear.

The material of dog clicker

If you do not want your clicker to be crushed or crumbled, then choose durable padded materials. There are many different types of clicker. A square clicker made from plastic can hurt your hand because of its corners during long training sessions. Metal materials often rust when they are wet or outdoors. So a clicker with rubber buttons and soft vinyl give you more comfort in your hand and metal-like durability.

Design

Most clickers have similar designs, but there are a few brands that have come up with different shapes that make training much more interesting. However, no matter how the style changes, clickers still need to be compact, easy to carry in a bag or backpack.

Before making a choice, be sure to check out the buttons, pitch, style, and accessories to make sure it fits your workout. Typically, the ring-shaped design allows for easier handling.

Portability

Portability is important when looking for a good dog clicker! Make sure it fits in your pocket or your dog. Please stay away from clickers that are too bulky because they will interfere with your training.

Intensity of sound

Clicker dogs make different sounds. Shy and timid dogs will startle or panic if the click is too loud. Dogs with hearing problems require greater pitch. Therefore, look for a clicker with the sound intensity that suits your dog’s needs. There are also products that allow you to change the pitch easily.

In short

Above are a few characteristics that you cannot ignore when buying the dog clicker. A clicker will only promote its function when used properly and the right object. We hope that this article will help you choose the best dog cliker for your little friend. Have a nice day.

Should You Consider Changing Dog Foods?

On a mission for nutrition?  Belle, that was a good donut…  Cujo, Where’s my donut?

Previously we created the post How to Choose the Perfect Dog Food where we discuss Diamond, Pro Pac Puppy, and things to consider before you commit.

Over time Belle seemed to not hold weight as well, and she would lose her appetite easily.  Pro Pac Puppy does have great ratings on Dog Food Advisor but if your dog doesn’t want to eat the food their will be no benefits!

Typically Boston Terriers are more likely to be overweight, but so far I have trouble keeping weight on my dogs.

I researched all of the dog foods at our local Tractor Supply, and coop but still did not know which one would be more likely to keep weight on.

Then my mom mentioned Victor.

Its great for active dogs…. although it might have to much fat for some which could make them more prone to being overweight.

I ordered my first bag of Victor Hi-Pro Plus from Chewy.

Belle gained her appetite back!  We also switched Cujo to Victor.

Our current puppies Stella and Sherry do great on Pro Pac.  They still have an appetite, but its just not the right food for Belle and Cujo.

BUT is dry dog food right for you?

Dry dog food has less nutrition than wet dog food.  If you are wanting a higher quality product check out the newest addition to the dog food market… delivery service.  Meals are customized to your pet.  If your considering this service see Reviews.com article on the best delivery products available here.

Questions to Ask Yourself Before Switching to a Different Brand

  • Is my dog still interested in his food?
  • Does he still hold weight, or his he overweight?
  • Do I want a brand with more nutrition?

Some people alternate dog food brands because they feel it gives their dog better nutrition.  I haven’t ever tried this approach, but it works for some.

We are about to go off subject… but Belle had her puppies 11 days early..

They were all dead.

It was a SAD SAD day.

Belle looked so sad.. then she had to be put on antibiotics for an infection.

We only hope to prevent this problem in the future… but we aren’t going to dedicate an entire post on miscarriage.

Plus I really don’t want to relive the experience.

Therefore… it is important to feed your dogs quality food so that they can bounce back from illness better.

Insulation

The kennel wasn’t holding heat… Cujo’s heating pad wasn’t enough.  We decided to insulate.

If you have not been following our dog kennel construction posts you can catch up here.

Measure between the studs to find the correct width of insulation then stuff it in between!

On the ceilings we stapled it in place, but this isn’t needed on the sides.  Eventually we will use shower board to cover up the insulation.

How To Cut Insulation

You will need a utility knife, tape measure, and a short 2 x 4.  The 2 x 4 needs to be at least the width of your insulation size.

  • Determine the length that you need with a tape measure.  (Its okay if the insulation is an inch or so longer but NEVER go shorter because holes will make the insulation less effective!)
  • Use the 2 x 4 to flatten out the insulation, and to help you cut a straight line
  • Place your knees on the 2 x 4 to hold the insulation flat
  • Scrape the knife repeatably across the insulation insulation until it is cut.
  • Shove the insulation into the space!  It doesn’t have to be pretty… eventually you will want to cover the insulation with some type of easy to clean board.  If you don’t cover the insulation it will get ruined…

or dogs will rip it to shreds!

This is the type of insulation we used.

Did you know that insulation makes you itch?  In other words I couldn’t wait for this project to be done!

I have not completed a post on pen building yet because we haven’t decided what material to make our pens out of.   Some kennels even have companies such as D and D Kennel Buildings & Supplies LLC. build their dog pens.

The pens will be our next project!

Right now we have a temporary pen for Cujo and Belle stays in the house.

When it comes to dog pens the goal is a material that is easy to clean…but affordable as possible.

Adding to Our Breeding Program

Should we add an AKC dog or a more affordable dog to our breeding program?

We decided to add a dog or two to our breeding program.

For our first step we made a trip to the Wheaton, Mo Dog Auction.

The cheapest Boston terrier at the sale was $1,500… and that was for a puppy.  I wanted to add another AKC dog but in the end we settled for two NAPR females who have an AKC daddy.

12 weeks old…

so it will be awhile before they can have puppies.

They are perfect!!

Now we will be able to offer more affordable puppies.

Stella and Sherry didn’t know what to think of Belle and Cujo for the first couple of days, but eventually they started playing.

The many faces of a Boston terrier!

Have you thought about how you will add to your breeding program?