Dog is afraid of clicker

Discussion in 'General Dog Training' started by jaym, Oct 15, 2007.

  1. jaym New Member

    I would like to use the clicker to train my 6 year old shepherd cross, but he appears to be intimidated by it. I follow the lesson plan to introduce the sound and food reward, but tails goes between his legs and he skulks off. This from a dog who is afraid of NOTHING!! Any idea??:msncry:

  2. CollieMan Experienced Member

    One option is to get a clicker with a variable volume slider. I use one. Not intentionally, I should say, it just happened to have one. I keep mine on full all the time, but it can be adjusted to produce a softer click.

    Failing that, remember, the clicker is just a marker. You can use any sound you like, so long as you use it consistently. You could even make a "pop" sound with your mouth. Anything really.
  3. Jean Cote Administrator

    Try to muff the sound by putting it in your pocket or in a towel. He'll come around to the sound :)
  4. jaym New Member

    Thanks..will try by reducing sound.
  5. Jean Cote Administrator

    Hi again! Please make sure that you give him something that he wants after - the best treat that you can find! Some cheese treats come to mind! :)

    And if you haven't already done so - please read my and practice the exercise listed.
  6. addictinganimal New Member

    You could also start in a loud environment. Yeah, it sorta goes against the whole "start-in-a-quiet-room" idea, but with a bunch of other distractions, maybe it won't seem so threatening. :dogsmile:

    Good luck!
  7. Jean Cote Administrator

    And eventually you will be able to use the clicker to condition your dog to be comfortable around noises - I have done this with the agility teeter/seesaw which scared my dog when she heard the noise.

    :)
  8. l_l_a New Member

    my dog was initially afraid of the clicker, but clicking it while in my pocket made it muffled, and pairing it with good treats, got him to love the sound of the clicker within 10 minutes!
  9. jaym New Member

    thanx all, some good ideas here..he seems to be getting better
  10. bubbles New Member

    just click your finger instead

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