Today we took Ellie to Lincoln Park, a bird and nature sanctuary near Pima Community College East for her first outing. To paraphrase Scotty from the recent Star Trek movie, "It's exciting!"
In truth, everything is exciting for Ellie and the outing helped me to understand Ellie's behavior better.
At this stage, Ellie is not really bonded to either of us.
Her focus is externally directed.
She's not strongly motivated by food.
She's not strongly motivated by touch or pats (and in fact passive-actively avoids hands around her head).
She IS motivated by 'the game'.
Our clicker sessions then have to be The Great Game.