I have always struggled to stop Charlie “doing stuff”. There are positives to this, and negatives to this. The positives to this are that because I shape a lot of stuff, Charlie has a “wadda ya want? wadda ya want?” attitude, which is really handy. I recently worked with a dog that hadn’t done a lot of clicker training and it was SUCH hard work! The dog didn’t offer behaviours, and I found it so slow compared to Charlie who will just keep trying until he starts getting paid. When I put my new ally opps target stick on the floor for example, all I had to do was tap it once and Charlie immediately jumped up to interact with it as a new nose target. [As an aside though, at Clickerexpo I found that the trainers shape A LOT less than I do – and free shaping was not something that was popular – I’ll write that up later]. The downsides are that it is difficult to get Charlie to wait for a cue. So if he thinks he has discovered what pays he’ll repeat it time and time again. I saw a good technique a clicker expo for this. Whenever I want to try stuff out these days, I use my pot/glove/cloth game. This was a seemingly useless trick I trained when Charlie was on rest only it’s far from useless - it’s turned into a set of behaviours that don’t matter to me at all so I can mess around with these and experiment so I can learn stuff. Normally, if I put the pot down, Charlie will repeatedly go to the pot. He won’t wait for the cue, he’ll just rush to whack the pot with his paw hoping to be paid for that. So what I want is for Charlie to only hit the pot with his paw after the cue. I have tried not paying him if I don’t give the cue, but this doesn’t really work. Because he is (as I learned at ClickerExpo) “a crazy doer” and he’ll try for a long, long time without any payment. So what I started doing was clicking both touch the pot AND don’t touch the pot. Charlie was confused at first, and I had to add a hand signal to go to the pot to help him out, but he soon got it.