dogcrazyjen wrote:I would work at home first. Have some treats, put your hand with the treats under your chin, and the moment he looks at your face, click/treat.
After a few times, move the treat to arms length. He will stare at the treat, but when he glances at you (saying come on already!) click and treat. Anytime you catch him looking at your face, click and treat, or even just tell him he is good and pet him.
After he is doing this consistantly, start saying the name right before you click. He looks, you say 'watch' then click/treat. Do this about 50 times, then try saying watch when he is not looking at you, only mildly distracted. If there is no response, then go back and do it 50 more times.
In class, find a quiet corner. Stand with the leash in one hand, the clicker in the other. DO NOT HOLD THE CLICKER IN YOUR LEASH HAND. Sorry to yell, but if you do this he will pull and you will click on accident! Trust me on this one. Put the treats in your pocket, and a few in your clicker hand. Just wait, don't say anything. When he looks at you, and he will eventually, click, then treat. If your instructor has a tie out on the wall, use that so you have two hands free.
Make sure you vary the amount you are treating him. Once give him one, then 4, then 2, then 8. Count them out one at a time after one click. In other words, click, one cookie, two cookies, three cookies. This will make a difference. If you have a toy, or squeeky, or tug, once in a while whip that out for a reward. Mix it up and become unpredictable in your rewards.
This is a very common problem, I still have it with Tess.
mnp13 wrote:Just a thought (and I'm not slamming clickers) but why use one? Just click with your tongue. then you have nothing to fumble with in your hands, you can't loose it or forget it anywhere.
It's really just marker training. You could say 'hup' or any other one syllable sound instead.
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