Originally Posted by Newfie
Well,I made up my mind earlier ,that I wouldn't come back to this forum if all people were going to do was put down training methods they aren't familiar with or simply didn't like.But I am watching the treat/clicker training with great interest.Question directed at the clicker folks.If you use the clicker as a "bridge" to indicate the horse being correct, wouldn't a verbal cue like "good boy" do the same?
Yes and no.
Theoretically yes, it would do the same thing. But in practice, generally it isn't quite the same.
The clicker is consistent. It always has the same tone and volume, and cannot have any emotion attached to it. It is also usually faster (easier to hit a button in time, than to say 'good boy' in time for it to mark the behavior). Voices can vary wildly, can't be handed over to someone else and remain consistent, and also can be emotional (not sure if this is as big a problem in horses as it is with dogs).