So, I recieved my clicker training kit from Amazon.com the other day for my dog. After seeing how much improvement he has shown in just a few days, I decided to try it on Alex last night.
I have been using a small handful of sunflower seeds ((about the amount he would get per day anyway, just I took them out of his seed mix)).
I startyed with something simple, to come. Last night he was so enthusiastic about it, we hd a 1.5-hour long session. I did conditioning, which got him used to the clicker and associated clicking with getting treats. Basically, I would click him fopr nothing, and give him a seed. i did this about twenty times and rthen gave him a break. Later, I did it about three times, and he seemed to understand that.
So I set him in the middle of our table, and started clicking everytime he came toward me. Then I increased the amount of space he would have to come closer, until he wasn't getting clicked untill he was right infront of me. Then I started to include a hand signal, then a word. He now comes to the handsignal 90% of the time, and the word 50%.
I think he is pretty far along for only doingit a little while.
One question I do have is, what else can I use as treats? I really don't want to keep giving hime sunflower seeds all the time, and it has to be something that won't fill him up or take forever to eat. Any suggestions?