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Old 12-23-2008, 10:28 PM   #11
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For a highly noise sensitive dog I would probably swap to using a specific word and charging it the same way as you would a clicker. Alternatively you could muffle the pen click initially by using it inside a pocket.

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Is she not food motivated?

Have you tried a toy as a reward instead?

Also, when you were charging the clicker, you clicked and immediately gave her the treat right? Over and over again?
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I may have misunderstood, but I got the impression that the OPs dog is scared of the sound of the click and therefore ran away rather than ate the treat?

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I think we're both missing something Kaos.

She said first she could click it all she wanted and the dog didn't care. It was only when she called the dog and clicked the behavior and offer a treat that the dog leaves the room.

My impression was either that she didn't condition the clicker correctly in the first place, or the dog simply doesn't care for the treat she is using. If a dog is interested, it sticks around, it doesn't just leave.

We'll just have to wait for her to come back so she can clarify for us lol.
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First off, OP is a he, not a she!!

And secondly, I think I'll try the word idea.

As for my methods, I don't know if I was doing it wrong, I clicked, and offered treat.

My dog isn't as food motivated as what I see in the videos online showing clicker training, I can say that. Or perhaps someone was right, and maybe my treat just isn't up to her standard!

So a word instead of a click, and a super amazing gotta have it treat, right before normal feeding time, is probably my next method of attack! haha

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Oops! Sorry

That is right, you click and then immediately offer the treat. It doesn't sound like she's afraid of the click to me since she didn't react negatively during charging. It sounds like she is just disinterested and unmotivated. You call her, she comes, you click and treat, and she just walked off like she has something better to do. You try that with my already conditioned to the clicker dogs and you will have to ignore them for about 10 minutes before they decide nothing else is happening with that clicker and go away.

You can still make clicker training work, you just have to find something that motivates her. A better, yummier treat might do. How about some cooked chicken? I know some people get liver, cut it into small pieces, then bake it. Or if your against table scraps and people food, Bil Jac liver treats are great, and so are their Goober peanut butter treats. A lot of dogs like the soft treats better because they are more aromatic, I like them too because they are easier to cut in smaller pieces.

If she has a favorite toy, you can always keep her from having access to it except during training. Make sure you do the same with treats, find what she really likes and use them only for training. This makes the reward even more special because it's exclusive.
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