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I didn't have a clicker, so I made an usual sound with my mouth. The pups respond, and clearly know what it is.

The problem: it's a sound people here make to call horses to them, and my pups keep going to a toddler and looking for food. It's very disruptive and drives them nuts when they are tethered to me/my hubby and she's here. She's too young to know to stop the noise.

Can I untrain the dogs that this noise means a treat is coming?
 

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If you stop giving a treat when they hear the sound they'll soon stop of their own.
 

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If you stop giving a treat when they hear the sound they'll soon stop of their own.
Oh, gosh. How long is this going to take? I've been using this noise their whole lives!
 

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It could be ages before that extinguishes on it's own. I would give up and instead train them to go to you when they hear the noise- not to the source of the noise. It would still be annoying, but maybe less so to the other people?
 

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Oh, gosh. How long is this going to take? I've been using this noise their whole lives!
Nobody knows exactly when or if your dogs will drop the habit. If you have been using it for a long time it may just be something they will always react to when they hear the noise. Try to create a new noise with the treat.
 

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It could be ages before that extinguishes on it's own. I would give up and instead train them to go to you when they hear the noise- not to the source of the noise. It would still be annoying, but maybe less so to the other people?
Ah...that's great advice!
 

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Nobody knows exactly when or if your dogs will drop the habit. If you have been using it for a long time it may just be something they will always react to when they hear the noise. Try to create a new noise with the treat.
We have about 8 different noises.....too bad this toddler makes the noise for every animal she sees! We're working on it as a 'when you hear this noise look at us" and it's getting better. Big BBQ next week will inform us more.
 
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