No Stinkin' Leashes Moderator
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: SF Bay Area
You shouldn't need to lure for a week. I usually only lure the first training session or two, and then I use an empty hand to make the same motion, and treat from the other hand. If you lure too long your dog may become dependent on the sight of food as an additional cue.
I hold a treat in my hand and move it down to the floor. The second the dog hits the ground I click and give them the treat that I'm holding. If the dog doesn't do a down I don't release the treat to her. Once they've got the idea of following the food into position in order to get it you shouldn't need to use a lure. Your lure motion becomes your hand signal. And until she's laying down on cue (again, mark with the clicker at the exact second that she drops to the floor and then treat from the other hand) consistently, I wouldn't even worry about expecting her to do it on a verbal cue. I add that later by saying it, waiting a second or two, and then following up with the hand signal that she now knows. That will associate the word (which she doesn't know yet) with the hand signal (that she does know). Start waiting longer and longer after you've given the verbal command before reminding her what that means with the hand signal. Eventually she will respond to the word without being reminded what it means. Be patient. Give her some time to figure it out on her own, and when she does, make a big fuss over her and give her several treats in a row - jackpot!
For focus I don't hold the treat up between my eyes unless I absolutely need to, and then only for a couple of repetitions, if I just can't get them to even look at me otherwise. Instead I hold treats in my hands held down at my side and WAIT. However long it takes. Eventually the dog WILL stop trying to get the food out of my hand and look away from it and up at me to see what the heck is going on! And at that exact moment I mark it and deliver the treat. It does not take long for the dog to figure it out. Again, if you've been luring up to your face with the treat for awhile it's probably become part of the cue, so you need to fade it out now.
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