Positive Interruptor

What you are training

You’re teaching the dog to automatically look at you when he hears a clicking noise.

Why you should train this

  • To get your dog’s attention immediately by making a clicking noise with your tongue so that you can then ask him to so something, e.g. Rover, sit or Rover, come.
  • To be able to interrupt an unwanted behaviour and ask your dog to do something more appropriate.

How you will train this

We’ll use rewards to make a really positive association with the clicking noise.

Note that your dog does not have to do anything to get the treat, he doesn’t have to look at you, he doesn’t have to sit, he doesn’t even have to be facing you.

  • Make a clicking noise with your tongue
  • Treat
  • Repeat

Homework

  • Ask each member of the family to do this exercise with your dog (you can use your dog’s kibble and add treats intermittently).
  • Vary the locations where you do this exercise; different rooms in the house, in the garden, when you’re out for a walk.
  • Do this exercise twice daily until your dog looks at you and every other member of the family automatically when he hears the clicking noise.

More reading

We’re using ‘classical conditioning’ to help the dog make positive associations with a noise.