Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Central Florida
1) I use "free".. some us "ok" or "Yes!"...Just pick a word that you don't really use during training.. like "good". Too confusing for the dog. I like Free, because I NEVER use that during training or at home... so, it's ONLY for the release.
2) It's been a long time since I've used a clicker. But when I did, I held it in the opposite hand of the treat or toy. I could be right or wrong with this.. but it seemed to work. I'm right handed so the clicker was in my right, plus the dog is either in front of me or on my left... so the reward was always in my left. If anything, maybe try holding the clicker behind your back... "sit".. click.. reward with left. That will hopefully get his mind off attacking the clicker. Always worked with my past dogs. But then again, I never took any classes on clicker training... just worked with it on my own with what made sense to me and my dogs.
3) Personally, If I give a command....."Platz/down"... that IS his stay command. The command I give is where they stay until I release. When dealing with a pup or green dog... I work at small increments of time with a REALLY yummy treat or highly desired toy. How I work with mine: "Platz".. stand right in front for a few seconds... reward "free!"... Then work it longer, giving treats in between the free command. "platz".... 10seconds... "Good Platz", treat..... 10 seconds... treat.. couple more seconds... "Free!".. praise and reward. Same goes for Sit, stand, etc. Some use the command stay, but, I think it's a little too jumbled up in training... Much easier to say "sit!" and walk away.. then "sit, stay" then walk away. Much less confusing to the dog too, IMO.
Forgot to add... after he gets the stay in front of you.. gradually get further away from him. If he breaks the command.... go back to a step closer to him... and try again. Eventually, you can work your way out of sight and he'll stay put.
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Last edited by TrickyShepherd; 10-01-2012 at 02:30 PM.