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Old 05-30-2014, 10:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Maybe teach him a "no" marking command, such as "try again," "no," "sorry," etc? That way he will be clear that he is always expected to do the right thing. And use a higher reward than usual at random when doing "down." For example, do it 5 times, 6th time gets a higher reward than usual, do it 3 more times, higher reward, etc. This lets them know that if they always do what you say they have a chance of getting something tasty! This same technique works for transitioning off of treat training (give them a treat at random sometimes for the expected behavior.)

Good luck!
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