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Need snappier obedience...how?

Stella knows many commands. And if I have a high value food in my hand she can be very quick and focused. Or if we are playing ball. Or if we are out for a walk and we are training. But for the run of the mill "sit" or whatever....a lot of times she either sits very s..l..o...w...l...y, or she just stands there. How do I get her to sit NOW when I say sit? Just would like her response to be snappier.

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I find outside of food and toys that enthusiasm works very well also. When we're out for a walk I am more animated then usual, quicker commands and happy voice usually gets me snappier obedience

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Hans does this, too.

I was told that at this age, if he does this s l o w l y, he doesn't care enough, and needs to be corrected. Put him on a prong, issue the command once, and if he doesn't comply, give a correction.

I just received the prong and put it on him today.

Wish me luck.


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Build her drive...if you build her drive, the speed will come.

If you correct her for being slow, she may start to resent it. Find her highest value treat/toy. Give her the command, if she hesitates, No/Oops and repeat the command. Don't reward her for being slow to respond.




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Build her drive...if you build her drive, the speed will come.

If you correct her for being slow, she may start to resent it. Find her highest value treat/toy. Give her the command, if she hesitates, No/Oops and repeat the command. Don't reward her for being slow to respond.
Michelle, here is what is going on here.

He will sit for the ball, but it is as if on hydraulics. He has a very hard time watching me instead of the ball. He will glance from my face to the ball, and back and forth.
And it *is* the highest value toy.

Repeating the command does not work.

Do you suggest putting the ball away instead of a prong correction? What?


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Hans does this, too.

I was told that at this age, if he does this s l o w l y, he doesn't care enough, and needs to be corrected. Put him on a prong, issue the command once, and if he doesn't comply, give a correction.

I just received the prong and put it on him today.

Wish me luck.
I tried that, for Delgado the prong correction gets the job done but it is more of a "oh fine" mentality. Personally I want the dog responding out of willingness to please

Try it and see how it works

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Personally I want the dog responding out of willingness to please
So, how did you get him to do what you said quickly?

I would love to have this happen, but it's not.


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Build her drive...if you build her drive, the speed will come.

If you correct her for being slow, she may start to resent it. Find her highest value treat/toy. Give her the command, if she hesitates, No/Oops and repeat the command. Don't reward her for being slow to respond.
This exactly! High value treats or toys or whatever builds her drive the most and nothing in life is free. Your enthusiasm will build her excitement to do the correct command fast as well. If you aren't tired after a training session, you didn't get enthusiastic enough.

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So, how did you get him to do what you said quickly?

I would love to have this happen, but it's not.
Enthusiasm, when I'm perky and excited he responds faster. As backups I have a small squeaky in my pocket and the prong. I use the prong as a last resort

Not every dog is the same though, you have to find what works best for you and your dog

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Enthusiasm, when I'm perky and excited he responds faster. As backups I have a small squeaky in my pocket and the prong. I use the prong as a last resort

Not every dog is the same though, you have to find what works best for you and your dog
Thank you, Shanna.

I took the prong off.

I gave the command with a lot more energy and sharpness and he responded perfectly.

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