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How to stop puppies from searching the ground after getting a treat?

Hey all, my puppy seems to check out for a few seconds directly after I give her a click, and her treat. She starts checking the ground all around for food, and I've been very careful for almost a month not to drop anything but she's always searching. Any tips?
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Distract her. Be active and fun so her focus is on you. You can keep her on leash and check her when she goes to lower her head.

Give her her treat, and immediately go into a crazy fun routine of moving backwards, calling her, praising, being fun and exiting. Give a little tug on her collar to encourage her to come, discourage her to drop her head. Treat again for her coming to you, paying attention to you.

Most people move very slowly and have a lot of dead time between commands and interaction with their pup, allowing the pup the loose focus, and do other stuff than pay attention. Training should be fast, furious, non-stop fun for your pup.

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You could also start using her nose for training. Dogs have amazing noses and that is how they know their world. Of course you want her to stay focused on whatever you are doing but think about incorporating nose work in her training.

Also, if she is very young by definition she is destractible and you may just need a bit of patience as she matures and understands how the "game" of obedience is played.

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change your criteria and increase your rate of reinforcement... as soon as she's done chewing one treat, click before she has the opportunity to dip her head, repeat a few times until she anticipates another click (for her attention) rather than anticipating a long pause allowing time to sniff. or... if your timing and coordination aren't great - you can feed her multiple rewards (one at a time) until you break the cycle. movement can also help... take a step back or away with each food delivery requiring her to follow you hence leaving the "search" area.

as mentioned above, especially for a puppy, clicker work should be fast and fun and upbeat... 20 clicks per minute, easy! get her engaged... she should be trying to figure out how to earn another click, not where a crumb may have fallen

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change your criteria and increase your rate of reinforcement... as soon as she's done chewing one treat, click before she has the opportunity to dip her head, repeat a few times until she anticipates another click (for her attention) rather than anticipating a long pause allowing time to sniff. or... if your timing and coordination aren't great - you can feed her multiple rewards (one at a time) until you break the cycle. movement can also help... take a step back or away with each food delivery requiring her to follow you hence leaving the "search" area.

as mentioned above, especially for a puppy, clicker work should be fast and fun and upbeat... 20 clicks per minute, easy! get her engaged... she should be trying to figure out how to earn another click, not where a crumb may have fallen
i like this answer much better than mine!!

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