Q. How do you suggest dealing with a dog that's afraid of the clicker?
A. There is a button-style clicker available here: http://www.clickercompany.com/Blank-QT-Clickers_c_42.html. One of my dogs was afraid of it, too, to the point of trying to run away... I would do this: put yourselves in a smallish room with minimal distractions and "escape routes" for your pup, make sure he's hungry, and get some super-duper high-value treats (think cheese, steak, ham, that kind of thing). Have him on a leash, and simply step on it so you are preventing him from practicing running away. Don't look directly at him, don't make a lot of noise, and try simply clicking and then basically stuffing the treat into his mouth regardless of what he is doing.. So click, your treat-filled hand goes immediately to his mouth, repeat! This is what I did with Rocky, and although he reverted a little bit after initially making progress, we eventually got there and now he loves it. Try this and let me know how it works, please!! If he is seriously too distressed, when hungry, to even take a piece of steak, we could break it down even further... Lemme know!!