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Problem with 2 commands

1.After giving my dog the command "Come here" he sits infront of me but when i want him to get closer he gets a lil closer and avoids with his head. any idea how do i make him to "want" to come closer without avoiding and teach him to get his head close to my leg?
2.Any idea how do i teach my dog to hold on the ball/tug while i give him the commands Sit&Down?

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When he turns his head, that is a calming signal, so it means he is confused and worried -he probably is picking up on your tone. You can try picturing in your mind that you want him to sit close to you then give the command the first time - keep the picture in your mind. I read that dogs learn by pictures - I know it sounds far fetched, but I have tried it with my Sting and it does work.


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How have you trained these commands? Have you tried luring with food, marking when he's in the exact position you want and then letting him have the food?

I'm a little confused about the second question - you're tugging with him and you want him to sit or down on cue while still holding onto the tug? And if he has a ball in his mouth and you tell him sit or down and he drops the ball first? I'm not sure why this would be a problem, but maybe I'm misunderstanding your question.

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When he turns his head, that is a calming signal, so it means he is confused and worried -he probably is picking up on your tone. You can try picturing in your mind that you want him to sit close to you then give the command the first time - keep the picture in your mind. I read that dogs learn by pictures - I know it sounds far fetched, but I have tried it with my Sting and it does work.
Ermm, could you gimme the article that you read?


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How have you trained these commands? Have you tried luring with food, marking when he's in the exact position you want and then letting him have the food?

I'm a little confused about the second question - you're tugging with him and you want him to sit or down on cue while still holding onto the tug? And if he has a ball in his mouth and you tell him sit or down and he drops the ball first? I'm not sure why this would be a problem, but maybe I'm misunderstanding your question.
1.My dog reacts to toys more than food.
2.You did not misunderstood, its exactly what i meant.

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Couple of ideas. To get your dog to come closer, try using the toy and walk backwards. So - when he starts to come towards you, you walk backwards - hold the toy in front or where you want him to sit - he should follow you- then when he is in the position you want - give him the toy. Or you can work on a second command - so he knows to sit close to you. But teach this one separately. Pat your knee when he comes up to you - give him the toy. Then after he learns to come to your knee when you pat it - then add the sit. Same with the holding of the tug. Work just on teaching hold - give him the tug to hold - praise - then ask for the give. Praise again. Increase how long he should hold it - then work with him holding it while he is following you - then progress to the full retrieve.


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