Re: How do I make my dog sit/down faster?
If my dog is working for something he REALLY REALLY wants, he goes down faster than if gravity was turned to the max. Kongs and food and tug will do it. I find that if I train in drive, he responds a lot better than if I'm just asking for a sit to cross the street (times like that, a snail could beat him). Does your boy love to play? Try getting him excited with his favorite toy, then briskly call for a sit and see how fast he responds. The INSTANT his butt makes contact, mark it with a quick "good" or "yes" and follow it up with your release word as you chuck the ball. A little light bulb will soon click in his head- the faster I sit, the sooner I get the ball! IMO, it's important to give a release command because "sit" should mean "sit until I say otherwise" or else he will learn that he can sit and get up whenever he wants. Once he drops that butt like a ton of bricks consistently you can ask to hold the position longer before releasing and throwing the ball or playing tug or whatnot. If your dog is food motivated, forget the Milkbones and break out the fried bacon, cheddar cheese, etc. Your dog can't be "ho-hum, just another biscuit that I'll get anyway," he has to be thinking "OMG I *MUST* have it NOW."
Renji - 6 y/o M GSD x chow rescue
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