Anyone used the clicker to discipline/train your dog? I just had my dog in an obedience class and wasn't comfortable with the negative discipline they expected us to use. (I quit going.) My dog (Shepherd) isn't good with strangers and what it seems like is he thinks he has to protect 'me.' Trainers have told me that also. I need to send the message to my dog to STOP barking/growling/etc, especially around those I know well.
I take him for swimming sessions in a pool (for animals) once a week. He is fantastic in the pool, will allow the trainer to touch him, etc but once we are out of the pool he snarls at her. I'm not sure what to do...just don't want to jerk on his collar (the pointy kind) and yell at him, etc. He needs to start listening to me (and does sometimes), but I need a method of discipline that is not negative or violent. (Btw, he takes swimming classes cuz he has Rheumatoid Arthritis.)
For Xmas we will be having my bf's parents and his 93 yr old grandmother stay with us. I can't trust my dog around them as he doesn't know them well. He is uncomfortable with strangers or anything that moves quickly. I'm going to have to kennel him (at home) often and I am sad about this. He is my baby. I need to help to socialize him more...any suggestions? He is great with other animals (even my cats) and tends to do much better around people who ignore him or show no fear.
Help..........oh, and my point was I am going to start using the "clicker." It says you need to use only the POSITIVE sound for 2 weeks so the dog understands what it means, then incorporate the negative one (which is not a special sound, just different from the POSITIVE one). Has anyone had any success with it?