No Stinkin' Leashes Moderator
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: SF Bay Area
Re: Teaching the random down.
Christian, I've played around with the down in motion with Halo, but it's still definitely a work in process and I have no idea I'm even going about it the best way, so I'll leave it up to others with more experience to describe how to train it.
But I would think that getting him to drop into an immediate down from standing position, particularly when he's at your side in heel position, would be an obvious first step before you even thing about the motion. Since he's already doing down from a sit and you want to discourage that, I would completely leave that out when doing drills, so you're only having him do stand/sit/stand and stand/down/stand sequences with maybe the occasional sit from a down tossed in for variety if you want. And mix it up so maybe it's sit/stand/down/stand/down/sit, that kind of thing. If he sits before going down, don't reward it.
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