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Pros: Good Value, Effective, I like it, Lightweight, Compact
Cons: Relatively expensive
At 11 months my nearly grown-up puppy responded to a lot of commands, including me clicking my tongue to get her attention or to reward her. I owed this to months of training with the Star Mark Clicker. Being my third Labrador I was confident we could train her ourselves. After the initial puppy class it became obvious that I was much younger and much more energetic when training our first Labrador 15 years ago. I was exhausted after the first training class (there were seven remaining sessions in this first class) and my arms ached something fierce. Off to a second round of training I went when the initial eight-week puppy class was done and there we were told (not asked) to use clickers.
I bought another clicker from a local pet store, it didn't work for either of us - it was too small for the male member of our new pack. Using clickers in class initially was as awkward as trying to drive a stick transmission the first time - but I eventually figured it out and the awkward was a result of my being uncoordinated. Our dog paid attention to the clicks and quickly set her butt down for a prompt sit and reward. She was told to do a task and if she responded I'd click and if she correctly responded to the click she earned a reward, actually she received two rewards. The click was one, the food or toy treat was the second one.
This is easy to use. It's sturdy. It has a raised button that is thumb-shaped. The clicker is comfortable to carry and easily fits in my hand (1 1/2 x 2 1/4 x 3/4 inches); it can be suspended on a lanyard. This is a contrasting colored smooth plastic with the button being orange and the rest a bright blue. I found it easy to carry while walking and training - to this day everything we do with her is training of some type. Today we rarely use the clicker but I find myself clicking my tongue and she responds to the sound. She does, however, remember the clicker and when I pull it out to refresh her memory she is quick to sit for the clicker. This comes packaged with a training guide but take my advice and participate in a training class. The only complaint I might have about this is the low volume. In a large training class with lots of commotion it's not always easy to hear this but your dog is supposed to be focusing on you (not as easy as it sounds).
I've been her primary trainer. Unfortunately she wants a ten-year old to play with, we don't have one, and I have to fill that role for her. We get rowdy and I've dropped this more than once. It has been stepped on by a 65-pound dog. It, surprisingly, has not cracked. There are a few other models. The rectangular clicker with the PetSmart and PetCo logos will work for smaller hands but larger thumbs tend to get caught inside the clicker box. This costs a few dollars more (it's still under $5) and I consider it a valuable dog training tool.
Regarding the training, it was worth every dollar spent. This is our third Labrador, they are willful dogs, and this dog is true to the breed's signature personality. She's willful, determined, and Smart, but she will respond to most commands and she is an amazingly non-destructive lab. She is the poster-child image that everyone wants but so few get. The positive behavior that this fostered worked and we have a dependable, well mannered, smart companion. The clicker and the combined training were excellent investments.