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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-25-2011, 01:29 PM Thread Starter
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Would you use 'Sleep', 'bang bang', or something else?

The pup and I were waiting at Car Toys for work to be completed, so we had some time to learn a trick... since he was on a leash, I decided "sleep" would be easy.

He learned it pretty quickly (simply going from a down position to rolling onto his side). Through the training I noticed that he hears "sleep" and sometimes thinks it's "sit". When he learns "stay", is this amounting to too many "S" commands? Should we give him the benefit of the doubt that he won't get confused if he'd just listen to the whole word?

My boyfriend suggested 'bang bang', but it's certainly not as cute as 'sleep'. Ranger also responds to 'go to sleep' now as well, but that seems like a pretty long command just to differentiate between 'sleep' and 'sit'.

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is this for play dead?

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I've been trying to teach coco, but can't get her to roll over off of the "down." really the only way that i can motivate her is with a belly rub...how did you get ranger to roll on his side?

ps. i;m using bang bang with a "finger gun" because i think it's funny. my friend's border learned that way, and it's so cute!
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I used the word "dead" because it's easier to work into sentences... Like "play dead", "Bang, Bang, you're dead!" or "Hey, you're supposed to be dead now."
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I've been trying to teach coco, but can't get her to roll over off of the "down." really the only way that i can motivate her is with a belly rub...how did you get ranger to roll on his side?

ps. i;m using bang bang with a "finger gun" because i think it's funny. my friend's border learned that way, and it's so cute!
I taught Dodger to roll over by using a treat. I just broke it down in to small parts then put it all together when I felt he was understanding it.


for Play Dead I use bang, at least I'm trying to teach Dodger how to play dead, he keeps wanting to roll over lol

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"dead" is a good one! I'll let the boy know... he seems to want this to be a MANLY dog. Perhaps Sleep isn't manly? geez.

I taught him sleep by pushing him over from a down saying sleep the whole time and when he did it, he got a treat. Eventually he wouldn't even get up from the 'sleep' position, so I'd continue giving him treats saying good sleep, good sleep, good sleep, until he got up. Within minutes he was just rolling onto his side.

The hardest part I think was him learning he could roll either way depending on which way he was facing because he still wanted to look at me.

"dead" is good... and incorporating it in the different phrases is a great idea. Plus, I couldn't think of a hand signal for "sleep", so this works.
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