Join Date: May 2010
Location: Hornbæk, Denmark
Teaching down - odd issue
I'm currently working on "down" with my adorable GSD puppy, but have trouble attaching a que to the command.
I've tried capturing the behaviour, but he will rarely down without sitting first (and since I want a direct down I can't use that), so I started luring with a piece of kibble, which went great. I proceeded to remove the kibble from my hand and reward after (still sort of touching his nose with my hand).
My problem is attaching a verbal que to the command. I've tried saying "down" while he's performing the down from the signal (as well as before doing the signal), but no matter how many repetitions I do, he just doesn't seem to make a connection between the verbal cue and the action.
I've trained dogs in obedience before but never had this problem - any suggestions?
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