Clicker training -- Teaching SHUT UP
Wolfie has an opinion about EVERYTHING and a very loud mouth to go with it. It doesn't matter how tired he is -- he could be roused from the deepest sleep after the longest exercise session to give a piece of his mind to the lab pooping next door (how dare anybody poop within his eyesight), to yell at the runner to come see him, to bark hello to daddy pulling into the driveway, you get the picture. Sometimes, he will just sit in the middle of the yard and judiciously turn his head in every direction in a very equitable manner and bark. We call that the Wolfie's political speech mode. I have tried distracting him with Cuzs, treats -- nothing works. My questions are as follows: 1) is it possible to teach him to be quiet using a clicker? 2) If so, when should I be clicking it? If I click it in the brief lulls between barks, wouldn't it seem as though I am rewarding the bark? I know I will make mistakes with the timing of the click, especially when the barks are fast and furious...
Wolfgang vom Kolenda (Wolfie) 5/5/08 - 7/24/12 -- You taught me so much, sweet boy
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Foxy 8/13/12 (Gotcha Day -- 1.5 year old at adoption)