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Ok i will try just saying the command once, and keep doing the hand signal. I've tried getting her all excited but when i have treats out she will do nothing but stare at my hands or where the treats are and she doesn't care if i jump around and go crazy or not lol
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Don't distract her with jumping/going crazy...just tease her up with the reward, it'll make the down faster because she'll want the reward faster.

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I like to have treat in hand, lure my pup down, then say down when she's down, click and give treat! then I would have her "stay" then take a couple steps back and walk back to her and click for another treat. That helped a lot w/her keeping her position. Then I would run and say "come" so she would run after me or another treat! Another way I have her stay down longer is after she's in the "down" position I keeping clicking every few seconds for keeping the position! What type of treats are you using? I've tried many different kinds and boiled chicken breasts works best for me!


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Ok i will try just saying the command once, and keep doing the hand signal. I've tried getting her all excited but when i have treats out she will do nothing but stare at my hands or where the treats are and she doesn't care if i jump around and go crazy or not lol
If she doesn't know the hand signal this won't work either, she has to learn it, but she has to learn to lay down first. I would put her in a sit, tell her down(you can use the hand signal here, but I wouldn't over do it), when she looks at you like your crazy, bend over and point to the ground and keep tapping the ground(at first have the treat in the hand that is tapping the ground, she will smell it and try to get it) After you do this a couple times, she will start understanding the hand signal and the command together.

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If she doesn't know the hand signal this won't work either, she has to learn it, but she has to learn to lay down first. I would put her in a sit, tell her down(you can use the hand signal here, but I wouldn't over do it), when she looks at you like your crazy, bend over and point to the ground and keep tapping the ground(at first have the treat in the hand that is tapping the ground, she will smell it and try to get it) After you do this a couple times, she will start understanding the hand signal and the command together.
Is there a better hand signal to signal down? I just point to the floor when i say down
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I had an adult dog come into my classes for training that HATED to down. He had been taught harshly as a young dog. So we made a game of it. I put a great in my hand, under my thumb and pressed against the palm, but keeping the other 4 fingers straight. My hand would go up next to my shoulder as the signal to down, then would come down on the dog. If he downed, he got the treat, if not he was pushed gently into position. He quickly caught on to going down fast meant he got the treat faster.

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Is there a better hand signal to signal down? I just point to the floor when i say down
They have to learn the command before they will learn the hand signal...how do they know what the hand signal means? You can do it all together, but concentrate on getting the dog down...you won't be able to keep giving the hand signal if your tapping the floor...one the dog understands you will be able to put everything all together. My golden has a quick down, the GSD is still working on a fast down...she doesn't want to sit or lay down for a second, she might miss something

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