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Old 10-21-2011, 11:36 AM   #11 (permalink)
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A lot of hedgies wouldn't respond well to the clicker, that kind of noise tends to make them go on the defensive. Click noises make both of my hedgies pull their visors down and will ball up if if it did it again. It is an interesting idea if another kind of noise was used
Good point. Any kind of sound could be used in place of a click. Marine mammal trainers use a whistle. I guess it would take some experimentation to find out what wouldn't be scary to most hedgies. I'll have to give it a try when I get my own hedgie.
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Old 10-21-2011, 12:19 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Sudden noises in general tend to spook them. The only "trick" a hedgie would likely do in response to a clicker or whistle would be to quill up and huff, and that's not exactly something special for them.
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It can be sort of a nice side effect of clicker training that the animal can become less sensitive to noises. The sound is always followed by something good, so you actually recondition the brain. The trick is to muffle the sound at first so it's not as startling. You can also use a word in place of a click. You don't have to use a sound at all though. You can use a small flashlight. There are lots of options. I think it would be a fun thing to try. Hedgie enrichment!
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