Down while playing
Im looking for some advice and suggestions regarding a small training difficulty im having with my 6 month female GSD. We have been working since the start on the basic training: sit, stay, down, come and a few other things around eating and so on. In general she is quiet good, and eager to learn whenever we have training. For the last few weeks ive been using a flirt pole with a piece of braided cloth at the end for exercise and training. She loves that play and gets very excited, so I started to introduce other things in between, like she is chasing the rag, then I stop and have her sit and wait until I let her run after it again.. she starts to get it and its working... except for 'down'! I mean, in normal situation she responds immediatly to the 'down' command, so I think she knows what it means. When doing the training in tehe flirt pole session though , she obeys the other commands, she does 'sit' , 'stay' , 'wait' and even comes toa heel position if I ask.... but she will not go 'down'! no matter i much I wait, wait a bit, repeat the command, she makes a whining kind of sound, moves around and sits again, but no down. I take the flirst pole away, walk away, call her and have her go down, and she goes down. .. im confused, not sure what is happening.. any ideas?