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 Post subject: Clicker Training
PostPosted: Fri Dec 12, 2014 2:23 pm 
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Sorry if this is the wrong area for this type of question, please move if needed :)

After reading about Bengal mentality and how they thrive on mental stimulation I decided we would have a go with clicker
training, I was thinking of using cooked chicken? Or what other foods could I use?


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 Post subject: Re: Clicker Training
PostPosted: Fri Dec 12, 2014 11:26 pm 
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A lot of people have success with a clicker. I don't particularly want to train mine .... but you usually reward them with treats when they do something good.


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 Post subject: Re: Clicker Training
PostPosted: Fri Dec 12, 2014 11:39 pm 
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Kitsunee wrote:
I was thinking of using cooked chicken? Or what other foods could I use?


You want to feed something that is a "jackpot" food for your cat, and something you can feed in small quantities. Plus ideally something that is healthy. Chicken or turkey or ham or some sort of freeze-dried fish are all good choices. Just avoid the grocery-store "cat treats" which are mainly meat-flavored grain.

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 Post subject: Re: Clicker Training
PostPosted: Sat Dec 13, 2014 1:34 am 
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brianj12 wrote:
Kitsunee wrote:
I was thinking of using cooked chicken? Or what other foods could I use?


You want to feed something that is a "jackpot" food for your cat, and something you can feed in small quantities. Plus ideally something that is healthy. Chicken or turkey or ham or some sort of freeze-dried fish are all good choices. Just avoid the grocery-store "cat treats" which are mainly meat-flavored grain.


Haha I would never touch those with a ten foot pole and even if I had a ten foot pole still wouldn't touch them :lol: , Yeah i thought because the supplemented meat I will be feeding is raw mince that a little cooked chicken might be seen as the holy grain because different taste,texture and smell.

Oh I didn't even think of ham but a lot I have seen is highly processed and very oily, at least in my supermarkets anyway.


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 Post subject: Re: Clicker Training
PostPosted: Mon Dec 15, 2014 11:37 pm 
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If you feed meat all the time, you can use a high quality dry food as treats. Some Bengals, like mine, are all about the praise when it comes to training too. Good luck!

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 Post subject: Re: Clicker Training
PostPosted: Mon Dec 29, 2014 9:27 pm 
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I've been clicker training Kona (now 2 years plus) since he was about five months old. In *his* opinion, the day is not a good one unless it involves "training time."

Kona is our office kitty (we have clients who specifically come by just to see him--we're hoping that adds to our financial bottom line someday, too, LOL) and we've found he is just a happier cat--and more settled--when he has his training. We also believe that the wild kitten stage was mitigated somewhat with the clicker training--he's such a *smart* cat that I think working his mind to figure out the "behaviors" we set out for him truly helped to calm him and focus his actions in a more positive way (not that we didn't have several blips along the way!). And, the previous poster is correct, while the initial food feedback (we use dehydrated chicken: http://www.amazon.com/PureBites-Chicken ... 96WD5MQDKX) was what Kona wanted, it quickly evolved into just enjoying the one-on-one attention from me and the chance to work his mind in a different way.

If you're even *thinking* of clicker training, I'd suggest this Yahoo group: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/cat-clicker/info

It's filled with folks who clicker train for various reasons (fun, agility coursework, socialization of shelter cats) and they have lots of folks who post regularly with very practical tips. There are also a series of documents on different behaviors, the science behind clicker training and training pitfalls to watch for.

We don't have a "circus cat" in Kona (although I confess I did find a small hoop at the 99-Cent Store and he loves to jump through it), but we do have a much happier cat who also has many ways to "interact" and impress our office visitors--and he loves the attention it elicits!


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 Post subject: Re: Clicker Training
PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2015 6:20 am 
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I've had great success clicker training my boy check out my video on youtube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbcHjCYTQ6c

He can beg, sit, shake, highfive, lie down, roll over, spread em' and wave

I used ham to train him because its his favourite


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 Post subject: Re: Clicker Training
PostPosted: Sat Jan 24, 2015 4:27 pm 
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c-maree wrote:
I've had great success clicker training my boy check out my video on youtube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbcHjCYTQ6c

He can beg, sit, shake, highfive, lie down, roll over, spread em' and wave

I used ham to train him because its his favourite



That's amazing! well done..... any tip to teach to my little girl to play fetch?

Thanks...


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 Post subject: Re: Clicker Training
PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2015 5:16 am 
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Great video.
I'd also love to teach Benji fetch.


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 Post subject: Re: Clicker Training
PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2015 10:08 am 
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I've been clicker training my 2. I have so far taught them to sit, although for 1 it doesn't work when she is waiting for food as she is too excited. I would also like to know how to teach them fetch. We play with a little ball but they just stare at me even when the ball is sitting next to them!


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 Post subject: Re: Clicker Training
PostPosted: Mon May 04, 2015 7:25 am 
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BluBengal wrote:
I would also like to know how to teach them fetch. We play with a little ball but they just stare at me even when the ball is sitting next to them!


We tried to throw our cats ball out of sight, and it seemed like she thought that it was exciting because she kept running after it.
After a while she started bringing it back to us.
Now she brings us the ball whenever she wants to play :mrgreen:

Our cat has a favorite ball, and she will not play fetch with any other balls. It is a colorful one with a little foil in it.
You could try to roll up some aluminum foil and throw it to your cats ? :smile:


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