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Louis is afraid of the clicker. When I first used it, he shut down, avoided eye contact, slinked away and when I approached he laid down and showed me his stomach. I tried the clicker again, and he'd run away like I was going to hit him.
It's been suggested to use a clicking pen in place of a clicker, but I think a word like "yay" or "yesss" will work better for clicker sensitive dogs.
I trained Louis using free shaping. You wait till they do the action you want, and treat. You keep doing it till they consistently do the action for the treat, then assign a cue word. Louis knows sit, stay, shake, lay down, and dance (although this one is a little shaky). He knows how to do flips when playing with a cat toy, and I'd love to train him to do it on command!