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How soon is too soon to start with “sit” or clicker training.

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Elliottpup

I want to try clicker training. Never used it with my pugs. It is easy? What commands have any of you taught? 

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Pawz4me

It's never too early to have fun with it! If you don't have a clicker, or if the noise of one is a bit too loud, then use a pen that clicks. Works the same but makes a softer sound. Or you can even use a verbal "click" (any sound you want to make that's easy to repeat) or a word in the same way.

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Elliottpup

I don’t even know how to clicker train or where to begin :ohyeah: he’s been doing this thing when you pick him up he growls and tries to nip. I want to stop that behavior. It’s almost like he’s trying to play. Once I put a toy in front of him when he growls plays with toy. Teething a ton too so will try to chew on finger. He’s mostly doing it when I pick him up to keep placing him on pad to pee 

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Pawz4me

Well, I am far (FAR) from an expert. I know the basics, but I just don't have the coordination and timing to use a clicker effectively. Never have, and especially not as I've aged. I have at times over the years rather accidentally trained dogs using more or less the same method by simply using a word (like "Yes!" and trying to use the same tone/inflection each time) as a marker every time they did what I wanted, or did something that worked them toward a behavior I wanted. My mouth, unlike my fingers, always seems to work fairly well. :D

I'm sure there are many helpful videos about clicker training on YouTube. Watch a few and you'll soon be able to tell which ones are "good" and which ones aren't.

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Elliottpup

I worry too if clicker training would be time consuming for me. I have 4 children of my own 11,10,8 and 3. Plus 2 dogs :ohyeah: I would probably give up after a week!

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Marlene
6 hours ago, Pawz4me said:

 My mouth, unlike my fingers, always seems to work fairly well. :D

 

I had a foster puppy that was deaf.  I had a really hard time trying to "translate" my words into hand signals AND to get down low to her level all at the same time.  I quickly adapted to having a blind dog (foster failed with one we had for 11 years) but find deafies very hard.

Unfortunately, my mouth works very quickly and too well sometimes.

I am a little worried that Elliot is growling and thinking about biting when being picked up.......that's not good.  Wonder if something is hurting him?  Are your kids picking him up?  We musn't let him get away with naughty behavior with the kids, especially the 3 yr old.

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Elliottpup

I know its not pain. Hard to describe. I have had dogs my whole life. This is more of a play type thing..I should correct myself it is not a growl but a play type noise. He will try to bite fingers not anywhere else. And once you distract him and put a toy in front of him when you hold him he will continue playing with toy. 

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