Update on Jack with clicker training
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Jack is no longer afraid of the sound of the clicker!  We are making progress.  He amazes me everyday with how intelligent he is.  Such amazing dogs BC's are!
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#2
5210 Way to go!
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#3
Good boy!!
Gotta love 'em.
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#4
That is great! How did you get him over his fear?
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(05-02-2017, 10:04 PM)Tasha Wrote: That is great!  How did you get him over his fear?

I slowly got him used to the sound by sitting on the floor with him for over a week and praised him real good when I made the clicking sound.  Now he is learning very quickly how to do commands with the clicker, with the help of some treats of course.  Otherwise, this dog is pretty smart!
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#6
I'm impressed! Good boy! Ember is opposite. She will gravitate to the clicker to begin with, but with each repetition her ears start pinning back on click. After a handful of times she starts turning away from it.

On a side but related note - I realized the connection with her and this "metal phobia". I was warned when I adopted that if she ever got away, she would not fall for a trap because one had already been used to catch her. This pretty much explains everything - her shut down with all things that sound metallic and her confinement issues. And it also explains why it's SO FREAKIN' HARD to re-associate those sounds/spaces as positive.
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#7
Mine were never trapped, but they tend to have the same reaction. I think they perceive each additional click as more pressure on them. I've seen a number of pressure sensitive dogs react this way to various things, kind of like when you want them to play with a certain toy, but the more you offer it, the more they want to get away from it.
Gotta love 'em.
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#8
GM that's good to know! So comforting. I've been working on keys alone ever since I got her and we just can't seem to reach a point that "hey, that sound means awesome!". Very glad to know it might not be just that with the clicker Smile She's that way with the toys too - she will play with that tennis ball with me until she catches it, and she looks like she really wants to play but if I try again her attitude visibly degrades each time - even though she is clearly having fun in the moment. Arg so many things that can cause pressure!
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(05-03-2017, 04:22 AM)JacktheBC Wrote: I slowly got him used to the sound by sitting on the floor with him for over a week and praised him real good when I made the clicking sound.  Now he is learning very quickly how to do commands with the clicker, with the help of some treats of course.  Otherwise, this dog is pretty smart!

Sounds like your hard work paid off!  I really like the clicker.  I never used one before I brought home Tasha and I don't use it for everything but sometimes I find I can react faster with a clicker then my voice.
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