When I was training Arwen, and that was a lifetime ago, the trainer wanted me to have her down for 30 minutes. And I was just to sit there and keep her in a down.
The first day, she did it without any problem at all. So I was surprised when the second day, she broke the stay. I over-reacted, and we had a pretty miserable half hour. The next day, I went and got the lead, and she went and hid in the bedroom. Then I had a Come to Jesus moment with myself, and through out everything I thought I knew about dog training, and based my approach on the fact that the dog wants to do what I want her to do. If she isn't doing it, I am not communicating what I want properly. My fault. And I started training totally differently.
We never again did that 30 minute down stay. This bitch took first place on her three tries in the obedience ring, which means she never broke a stay in the ring. She did a CGC without any preparation or classes at a show. Her first attempt at supervised separation, was when I put her in a down stay, handed her leash to some guy and went and hid behind a car at the show during the test. She never moved a muscle.
But not because we did that 30 minute thing, because I totally threw that out. I guess it may work for some dogs, for her it was totally counter-productive, though probably due to my own clumsy attempt and doing it.
Jenna, RN CGC & Babs, CD RA CGC HIC
Heidi, RA CGC
SG3 Odessa, SchH1, Kkl1, AD
Ninja, RN CGC & Milla, RN CGC
Joy, Star Puppy, RN CGC
Dolly CGC & Bear CGC