When it comes to dog training, it sees that everyone thinks that they know the best way to do it. When you get a puppy, you will likely receive tips and tricks from everyone you know that owns a dog. It is much like when you have your first child, everyone thinks that they know exactly what you are going through. Remember, though, that you are the dogs owner and master, nobody else, and you need to make the decisions that will benefit both you and your dog.
Clicker training has been recently resurrected as a way to train dogs. In simple terms, it is a box that makes a clicking noise when you press in with your thumb that lets the dog know that he has done a good job and that you are proud with him. Getting the dog to understand what the clicking sound means is what the training process is really all about.
To start clicker training, you much purchase a clicker. Many pet stores have books now about clicker training, and you may want to get one of them as well. Start by training your dog with one trick, like the "sit" command. Tell the dog to "sit" and try to make it sit on his rear. The second that he does as you've commanded, give him a small treat and click the clicker box while you do so. Every time you give the dog a treat, click the clicker box. This will make the dog equate the clicking sound with good behavior. Before long you will not need to give a treat as reinforcement, and will only need to use the clicker box.
You tend to see dogs who have been clicker trained on the competitive circuit slowly. If you have ever turned on a channel and seen dogs running through various obstacles, you have probably seen a trainer near them with a clicker box. These can be a great way to train your dog, as long as you follow through with the "command, treat, click" procedure. It is a great way to train, not only because it lets the dog know exactly how happy you are, but because it makes you, the owner, responsible for doling out the praise as well as the punishments. And, as dogs tend to respond better to praise than they do to punishments, you will want to make sure to use the clicker box as often as they deserve to hear it.