For example I might use a simple lure/hand signal to get the dog into a 'down' position. You can click that, of course, but you don't have to. Dog follows the treat into a prone position and gets the treat in that position. She "gets it" that being is that position is what earned her the food.
If I'm trying to get the dog to go to her bed and lie in it, I will use the clicker to mark small approximations of the end behavior I'm building. I will begin clicking any interaction with the bed, might toss one or two treats into the bed and click when she's in there, then toss the actual reward treat outside the bed to restart the 'game'. A clicker savvy dog figures out quickly that it's the bed that gets the treat.
Then you up the criteria and only click for say, putting a paw on the bed, then for two paws, then getting in, and so on. It sounds long to write up, but it is really a very quick process and it is amazing to watch the dog learn. They love the 'game' because they are using their brain and having fun while they learn.
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