Hey guys.. Has anyone had a dog that just doesn't quite "get" the concept of offering behaviours and free shaping? One that's just too focused on waiting for the cue? My boss is a trainer, and we were discussing the difference between Streets and Lego's personalities the other day.. Lego is very much a thinker. She can problem solve her way out of almost any situation in no time at all - and it makes her incredibly easy to work with in other aspects of training. Streets on the other hand is solid.. But only when she's being TOLD what to do. She follows direction very well, but doesn't seem to be able to problem solve like Lego does (which is why we can't give her brain toys to play with, because unlike Lego who interacts with the toy, Streets just shreds it to get at the food). My boss' theory was that dogs who are clicker trained and whose owners use free shaping to work with them, are essentially taught to problem solve by teaching them to try offering different behaviours until they find one that works.. Again, just her theory.. But so she suggested that I try using the clicker a little more for some free shaping sessions with Streets to see if that helps. So last night when I got home, I grabbed my clicker and a cardboard box and placed it in the middle of the kitchen floor. Now, I was warned that Streets might not "get it" at first, and so to click her for very small interactions, such as just looking at the box. But when I called Streets in, she couldn't care LESS about the thing. All she knew was that I had my clicker out and that meant she was ready to work! She knew I had treats, and so it just became kind of this stalemate.. While I was standing there waiting for her to interact with the box in some way, she's just sitting there totally focused, staring right back at me and whining. The only way I could get her to even notice the box was to put my finger on it, and even after multiple attempts of doing that, she still continued to just sit and wait for me to give her a command, or would impatiently nudge my clicker. I tried to simplify things, and replaced the cardboard box with the doormat, but again, she would only even acknowledge the object if I physically touched it and encouraged her to look.. And even then, she always came back to waiting for me to tell her what to do. So at this point I'm not really sure how to even approach this with her - its almost like she's just TOO focused on waiting for the next command, and no matter how long I wait for her to offer a behaviour it just doesn't come. If anything it just frustrates her .. She'll start to whine and impatiently bounce around me, nudging my clicker hand and then sitting/laying back in front of me to wait for a cue. Its much different from working with Lego, who has worked with a clicker for quite some time now, and will offer up countless behaviours one after another to get the right one. She's determined to do whatever she needs to get that reward, and it's part of what makes her so fun to work with - anything is possible! I would love to have the same with Streets.. Especially since we're starting agility. So my question is.. Have any of you guys ever dealt with a situation like this before? How do you encourage your dog to start using their brain a little more?