Hello everyone! This is my first post here, as I was looking for a good community to use as a resource during my endeavors to clicker train my new dog. The dog:
Named 'Ellie' (though she doesn't respond to any name yet- we're working on it), 10 months old, standard poodle, and I've had her for a week. I adopted her from an older lady who was having health issues and couldn't take care of her any more. Also very critical to mention that she is not spayed yet and currently in heat (I would never breed her and am against backyard dog breeding so I am going to get her fixed as soon as her first heat ends). The issue:
I work at a dog-friendly workplace and as such, take Ellie to work with me every day. To do this, she needs to get in and out of my car. But she won't go in voluntarily for whatever reason (possibly because she wasn't trained, maybe some bad past associations, maybe because she is the most suspicious dog I have ever met). I have to physically pick her up and gently load her into my back seat. The first few times I did this, she was fine-ish but now she will stand at the end of her leash and try to wriggle away from me when I go to pick her up.
I think it *might* be due to her backside being more sensitive due to her being in heat, so I am trying to avoid picking her up using one arm around her chest and the other around her butt. However, I still need to teach her how to load into the car. We are starting clicker training now, though I am still at the 'loading' the clicker step (click, reward, click, reward, repeat). How would you guys teach a dog to jump into a car? I don't have any treats that she will be lured in by at the moment (I think her reluctance to get in the car outweighs dog treats right now- maybe I will try hot dog pieces or cheese next). Advice? Thank you.