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It could be that the clicker you are using is too loud,. Some dogs just don't like a loud clicker. Even my two, who are very clicker savvy, don't enjoy a loud box clicker right in their ear. A button clicker is usually softer in tone and volume than a box clicker. I've know people to actually start off using a ball point pen for dogs who are really sensitive to a clicker. Some people I know use a tongue click. You could always use a verbal mark instead, but a clicker tends to be faster and cleaner.

Also, the mark (click, tongue click, "yes", whatever) needs to predict the treat, meaning that the sequence should go behavior-mark-reward. "Loading" the clicker isn't a necessary step, although a lot of dogs like it, but again, the sequence would be click-treat--click-treat--click-treat.
 
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