Why You Should Clicker Train Your Cat

Why You Should Clicker Train Your Cat

What is clicker training?

Clicker training is teaching a cat new skills using a small tool, called a clicker. The clicker is called such because it makes a click sound when the button is pressed. You follow up the click with a food reward, something like their kibble or a cat treat, and your cat learns the clicking sound means they did something right and that a treat is on the way.

I thought cats were untrainable! Why would you use clicker training for cats?

Not only is it possible to clicker train a cat, it's a fun way to spend time with your cat. Because of their size and agility, cats are perfect candidates for teaching the coolest tricks. Try getting a 70-lb golden retriever to sit on your back or jump through your arms, and you'll start to see the appeal of working with our perfectly-sized feline companions.

It also helps you better communicate with your cat as the sound of the click captures the exact moment your cat does a behaviour you want to reward, so there's less confusion in training your cat.

Beyond fun behaviors, there are lots of practical benefits for training your cat. Here are my top ten:

1. Clicker training increases their physical activity

It's no secret that many indoor cats don't get enough exercise. Clicker training is an easy way to get your cat to start moving by putting aside a few minutes in every day for training sessions. Grab your target stick and point to the top of your cat tree, or scratching post. As soon as your cat jumps up, click and toss a small treat across the room. By teaching your cat to jump on, off and over objects, you can work towards creating a cat agility course.

2. Clicker training works your cat's brain

Just like humans need to keep their minds sharp, so do our cats. Because indoor cats don't have to hunt for their food, rather eating their cat food from a bowl, they have little opportunity to strategize and problem-solve as wild animals do. Clicker training is an excellent brain game and helps with mental stimulation.

3. Clicker train to help your cat have a more restful sleep

We all sleep better after a hard day at work, but what about our cats? A dull day leads to a hyper, meowing cat in the middle of the night. Unlike playtime, which can get your cat more aroused, training helps wind your cat down. Training in the evening will give your cat a bedtime snack and tire them out so they will be ready for a restful sleep. Simple training games will help your cat sleep through the night so you can avoid those early wake-up calls.

4. Clicker training helps overcome boredom

It can be a long, dull day for indoor cats. Clicker training breaks up the monotony of the day with a fun and engaging activity. Your cat will appreciate the extra attention and enrichment and you can teach them new tricks at the same time.

5. Clicker train to teach your cat practical behaviors

Going into a cat carrier, sitting and waiting at a spot while you prepare their meal, and preventing door dashing are a few of the skills you can teach your cat with clicker training.

6. Clicker training strengthens the cat-human bond

Because clicker training is founded on positive reinforcement, meaning you reward the behaviors you want to see your cat do more often, it will strength your bond. Training together will change the dynamic of your relationship from roommates to teammates. Watch your furry team member get smarter while you become a better trainer as you learn how to communicate with one another.

7. Clicker training solves problem behaviour

To change unwanted behaviors like jumping on the counter or door-dashing, we need to teach them what we want them to do instead. Usually, that means to stay at a "parking spot" while the door opens or while you are cooking. Foundation training is the first step to a cat that is attentive and responsive. Solving problem behavior is simple once you have a cat that listens to you and knows the basics.

8. Clicker train tricks to entertain friends and teach your cat strangers are fun

Party tricks are fun and will get your cat interacting with other people. Giving fist bumps to friends will make everyone's heart melt. If your cat is fearful of friends that come over, clicker training is an excellent ice breaker to help your cat learn that strangers also come with tasty treats.

9. Clicker training helps cats overcome fears and build confidence

You can use your cat's favorite treat to reward and increase courage. You can also use food to make positive associations with objects and people. Clicker training allows you to introduce your cat to new challenges slowly and respectfully building their confidence one click/treat at a time.

10. Clicker training will make your cat happier

Watch your cat's behavior change as they purr through their training session and become a happy, well-adjusted kitty. The time you spend learning together will be the highlight of your cat's day.

Clicker training for cats is a worthwhile investment. It can help change what is perceived as "bad behavior" to a desired behavior, it can make your feline friend's day more exciting, and it can improve your relationship. In Cat School, I specialize in clicker training for cats, working with cat owners to understand animal behavior as well as teach fun tricks, like high five! If you've never clicker trained a cat before - don't worry! Cat School is for all levels and experience.

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Ready to have more fun with your cat? Our training kit is full of fun and practical behaviours you can teach your cat. Get the training tools shipped to your door and immediately enter the online classroom and start working with your cat. In the interactive class, you can ask questions and even get feedback on your training. Join our community of cat lovers and become a #catschoolstudent

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For a monthly fee, you'll gain access to courses, community & support. Courses cover a variety of topics:

An introduction to training covering how cats learn, developing food motivation in your cat and how clicker training worksFoundation skills that every cat needs to knowTraining with multiple catsTricksHarness trainingLeash walkingTrimming nailsSolving various problem behaviours

Community-wise, you can post updates, support other community members, and receive feedback on your training from Julie the Cat Teacher, an accredited animal trainer who provides one-on-one support as you work through your courses. Cat School is here to see you & your cat succeed! 

You will be billed once a month on the date that you initially signed up.

Every customer who places a subscription order can view and edit their subscription at their customer portal. This is accessed through a link contained in every subscription email. 

Before being billed, you'll receive an email alerting you to the upcoming charge, as well as an email after you've been billed to confirm.

You can cancel your subscription at any time by clicking on the link contained in your billing email and cancelling through your customer portal.

Once you purchase the membership, you'll receive an email with instructions on creating your account (a one-time process). Once your account is created, you can log in at http://cat-school.mn.co

No, access to all the courses is included in the monthly subscription fee. This allows Cat School students to maximize what they can train at once. 

Yes, one of the perks of our platform is that it allows for easy updates, including the option to be notified when new content is added. 

You bet! Cat School runs through Mighty Networks, which delivers the content through both iOS and Android. 

The course is set up with a focus on community, so you can post your questions in the course and get a prompt response from the Cat Teacher. We prefer questions to remain in the course so all students can benefit - if you have a question, it's likely someone else does too! 

Absolutely, check out this video to see an example of what the membership looks like. Cat School Membership

Curious as a cat? Our online membership has no contract, so If you decide it's not for you - no problem! Just cancel your subscription before the 30 days are up. After 30 days, your credit card will automatically be charged the monthly subscription of $25 USD.

Meet Your Teachers

I'm Julie, the cat teacher, and this is my assistant, Jones. Our goal is to create cat training tutorials that are fun and easy for EVERY cat to learn. Thousands of students have learned from our clicker training lessons and proven that not only are cats trainable but that they love the enrichment and activity that training provides. We can't wait to see you show off all the skills and tricks your cat learns at Cat School.

Julie Posluns, Applied Animal Behaviourist (ACAAB)

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