i recently decided that i wanted to train him with clickers because he is only treat driven .. so i figured operant conditioning will work ...

i clicked it. and he got so scared. and basically i tried to do give him treats and everything after every click with a command, sorta worked until he started to run away from me!

he finally wanted to go outside, and ZIPPED outside. and i find him on the side of the garage side door. i call for him and he won't come to me ..

and i realized hes inching his way into the garage by the dog door. and finally i have to open the door that connects the house and garage and eventually he inches into the house.

=( why is he so scared, i even tried to cover the loudness ... but now hes just in the kitchen scared ....:[ my scaredy cat.

this is the one we got:


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Comment by Jenni & Dave Fields on October 21, 2008 at 3:07pm
if the clicker isn't working for your dog, try re-enforcing the good behavior by saying "yeS!!!" and then treat immediately after that. The YES! takes the place of the click. Also, if you continue with the clicker, make sure its behind your back and away from their ears...or you could even cover it with a towel. Hope this helps
Comment by Cindi on October 21, 2008 at 11:21am
Oh and while I'm at it........don't chase him down with it. Put it away. Wait for him to come to you. Just sit on the floor nearby with your treats. No clicks. He'll overcome his fear slowly.
Comment by Cindi on October 21, 2008 at 11:20am
And that's my FAVE clicker because it's so easy to click! Some dogs just aren't good with clickers. Try using finger snaps. (That's what I use. And as a trainer you'd think I'd have a clicker with me everywhere I go!) Snaps work great and generally the dogs don't get spooked by them. You can also use a verbal marker. Just make it short and sweet. "Yes!" "Good!" And happy.
Comment by Lisa on October 21, 2008 at 10:46am
Charlie has always had issues with certain noises - once he is afraid of something, if he even sees you walk towards it, he runs and hides.
Comment by Karen & Bailey on October 21, 2008 at 12:44am
aww. hes probably associating it with a gunshot. bailey acutally does fine with it , but im just too lazy =X to be consistent about using it. We just use "good boy" in replacement of the clicker.. haha

oo and i saw your youtube video and very impressed by the BANG! trick. good job! haha.. now how funny it could be if bailey and kaijuu both did it at the same time on command.. i start laughing thinking about it. =P
Comment by Anne on October 21, 2008 at 12:28am
Le-Le was very scared of a clicker that I got from the local pet store that was very basic, inexpensive. She was so scared of it and I had to stop right away. But I have used another one that my trainer gave out in class that is blue with a yellow clicker button and she was not scared of the noise this one made. the noise was a bit softer to my ear. I have not done it a lot yet since she still has her 'fearful' issues that we are working on. I think corgis have such sensitive hearing that maybe for some the clicker is just too noisy or harsh. My Mom tried it with her corgi and he did not like it either.

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