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Old 10-23-2017, 07:18 AM
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So we had a little bit of a good response this weekend. Yesterday we were all laying on the couch (Sundays=lazy days) and the dryer was going. We happened to have the TV a little louder and he must not have heard it. He lifted his head and looked but when he didn't react I told him he was a good boy and gave him some good scratches. He made it all the way through the last minute and the tune.

The time before it wasn't as pleasant. Although he did panic a bit (I don't think it's the tune. He starts before the tune starts) I immediately got up, opened and took him to the hallway outside the laundry room and started asking for him to do things (Sits, downs, etc.). While he did still have a reaction, he got over it far quicker.

SO it appears it's just going to take me not being lazy, maybe leaving treats in the laundry room, and making him use his brain as well as acknowledge and ignore.

As if I could hate doing the laundry more...
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Are you using a clicker? At this stage, I would (but I'm biased).

The theory is that the sound of the clicker produces a reaction faster than a spoken word which then has to be processed by the brain before it can be acted on. Also, "the clicker only made that difference during the learning phase".

Leave the treats anywhere (within reason) and train on Click, Pause, Treat. With a bit of luck, and repetition, you could have him following you for his treat and never mind the dryer.

Amygdala: the Neurophysiology of Clicker Training - https://clickertraining.com/node/226

Click Vs Voice - https://clickertraining.com/node/2021
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At this point I am not using a clicker for 2 main reasons. 1) I have a very short amount of time to grab dog, treats and myself and get in the laundry room to try to calm him and get the reaction I want and 2) I haven't really loaded the clicker in a long time and he really doesn't like noises he can't understand. I fear that by reintroducing the clicker in an already panicked state he might just completely loose it.
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That's fair comment, you know your dog better than anyone
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He is an odd one this dog...
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