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Just started my 4 month old on clicker training. Been loading the clicker with her twice a day for 3 days now. I load it 10-20 times each session. Every now and then when shes not looking I click to see if shes loaded yet and not seeing anything. Tips, advice?
 

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How long does it take you to feed 10-20 treats in your session? It should take you 10-20 seconds. I suspect you may be doing it too slow.

Further, I'm not so sure I'd test the clicker by randomly clicking to see if she looks. Why bother? Just load up the clicker at the beginning of your training session, and then start training. She should catch on in no time at all.
 

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I personally don't bother to load the clicker anymore - I did the first time I used one, but now I just mark and reward any behavior my puppy offers spontaneously. It just makes sense to me to click/treat SOMETHING rather than nothing, and believe my, they figure out pretty darn quick what behaviors will earn a reward! This technique is called "capturing". You're not giving any commands, since obviously the puppy doesn't know them yet anyway, just reinforcing behaviors you like and want to encourage more of. I do eye contact, coming towards me, sits, and downs, that sort of thing. The more I reward, the more the puppy offers them behaviors, and then I can start to name them.

But in any case, if you've had 6 training sessions of loading, that should be plenty. :) As Willy suggested, there may be something wrong with your technique. I agree that randomly clicking to see if she looks at you is probably not doing you any good.


Are you training her before meals, when she's hungry? Are you using treats that she likes? Does she seem interested in training and engaged with you, or does she seem bored?
 

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How long does it take you to feed 10-20 treats in your session? It should take you 10-20 seconds. I suspect you may be doing it too slow.


Further, I'm not so sure I'd test the clicker by randomly clicking to see if she looks. Why bother? Just load up the clicker at the beginning of your training session, and then start training. She should catch on in no time at all.
Yes 10-20 seconds

I personally don't bother to load the clicker anymore - I did the first time I used one, but now I just mark and reward any behavior my puppy offers spontaneously. It just makes sense to me to click/treat SOMETHING rather than nothing, and believe my, they figure out pretty darn quick what behaviors will earn a reward! This technique is called "capturing". You're not giving any commands, since obviously the puppy doesn't know them yet anyway, just reinforcing behaviors you like and want to encourage more of. I do eye contact, coming towards me, sits, and downs, that sort of thing. The more I reward, the more the puppy offers them behaviors, and then I can start to name them.

But in any case, if you've had 6 training sessions of loading, that should be plenty. :) As Willy suggested, there may be something wrong with your technique. I agree that randomly clicking to see if she looks at you is probably not doing you any good.


Are you training her before meals, when she's hungry? Are you using treats that she likes? Does she seem interested in training and engaged with you, or does she seem bored?
I randomly click to see if she she associated the noise with the treat. Just what Ive read to do. I only do it once.

yes she loves the treats and shes always watching me and wanting to enteract. No boredom.

Another question.... Are you clicking, THEN treating? Make sure they are two separate occurrences.
Yes

I will just stop the loading and just train. This clicker training/positive reinforcement is a new concept to me
 

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I started using a clicker on my 4 month old and have seen some positive results. The one problem I had is that the treats I was giving him were too chewy and he would spend more time chewing then focusing on me. I have since switched to sliced pieces of chicken based hotdogs. He can swallow them quick.
 

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I never just randomly clicked I would click for seeing a behavior I want.
 
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