Click to calm is a method developed by Emma Parsons – a professional dog clicker trainer who travels the world teaching how this method can help reactive dogs. This method can help any level of reactivity – from dogs who react to gunshots – to dogs who react to thunderstorms – to dogs who react to the sight of cats!
We highly recommend purchasing Emma’s book, Click to Calm: Healing the Aggressive Dog, for a comprehensive understanding, and we put together a short video showing the early steps of the method.
**This video is to demonstrate the method — it does not contain enough information to teach it!**
Our overall goal is to turn the presence of a stimuli such as our barn cat Chelsea (and eventually other cats) into a cue for our dog Britta to come find us and show us a calm behavior. When we began, the sight of Chelsea was a cue for Britta to bark wildly – running from window to window trying to get a better look and ignoring us entirely.
Here is Britta’s progression after around three months:
The first step can take a long time – so don’t despair if you find yourself clicking your dog right after a stimuli happens (visual or auditory) for many months before your dog offers a “look back.” You’ll find more information about this method in Emma’s book – and we’re available to teach this in a lesson.