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Date Posted: 6/26/2008 7:32 AM ET
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Date Posted: 6/26/2008 3:56 PM ET
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you can use a special word as a marker instead of a clicker (i had a dog who was afraid of the clicker as well). i use "yes". you could also try an i-click, which has a softer click. that might be less scary. you could also try clicking a retractable ballpoint pen.

i don't have any clicker training books, but check out clickertraining.com for tons of really excellent (and free) information on clicker training.

Date Posted: 7/5/2008 6:35 AM ET
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Thanks Katie!

Date Posted: 9/10/2008 11:21 AM ET
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Try wrapping the bottom of the clicker in electical tape. It muffles the sound of a clicker. Also another alternative would be to use a pen that has a top that clicks when you push it. It isn't as loud. Also try clicking with your tongue. Using a word doesn't mark the behavior as well for me. Afterall, an animal hears your voice daily. It is harder for them to distinguish what they did right & it is hard for you to spit it out at the right time! Karen Pryor has some great videos at clickertraining.com!

Date Posted: 10/8/2008 12:20 AM ET
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Hi. I'm coming in late to this topic, but i love the idea of a ball point pen clicker. The clicker I bought a few years back at the pet store was WAY too loud -- i found a trainer/friend with some softer ones that worked much better. But there's no reason a ballpoint wouldn't work as a soft (and frugal!) option. Great idea, I love it! Also, I've had some clicker training books on my wish lish for a while...just good to have around to loan out. No luck. I'm not sure what your community is like, Philly, but your local library might be willing to pick up a few in the interim. That was my great resource when I was experience the difficult times w/ my newly adopted pup.

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