Oh Jean, Eddie sounds *just* like Henry! Treats are the only really important thing to him. Praise is just a precursor to a treat. Amy says she's too uncoordinated to use a clicker, so she used "good" or something like that as a marker. So, he hears praise and comes right over looking for the treat that he's due! I'm hesitant to use the a big voice with him; he wasn't treated well in his last home and it took him a long time to feel safe and confident, so I'm afraid to set him back.
He's super sensitive to grains (definitely wheat, not sure what others), so no cheerios, kibble, etc. He's eating THK grain free for now, which isn't something I can use as a training treat without making an awful mess. LOL Carrots and green beans work, but I'll have to see if I can find something even more bland.
OK, so I'm going to attempt to charge the clicker and see how that works. Getting his attention and learning to settle are big, so we'll be working on those as well as leave it/take it. He'll "leave it" if you put your hand in front of him (vibrating with anticipation the whole time) but that only works if I actually have a free hand I can get right in front of his nose. Definitely needs some work!
I would really love to get a CGC for him in the new year, and maybe try nosework if we can find a nearby class. This is the first time in as long as I can remember that I have a dog I could actually take to classes! Jack wasn't food motivated enough, was terrified of the sound of a clicker anywhere in his vicinity so classes were a no go for him. Oliver had seizures when other dogs around him got rambunctious, so no classes for him either. Henry, though, isn't interested in or distracted by other dogs but is perfectly comfortable around them and really, really loves to do anything for a treat. I think he'll be a good student if he can just learn a little self control around food.