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Have him follow your hand with the treat to the floor, I have taught adults with this method and also put them on a more slippery floor. They would slide into a down position on the kitchen floor, and I would praise and give a treat.

While in a sit, hold the treat in front of the pup, and then just bring it to the floor, they will need to go after it. Bingo, they are down!
 

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Originally Posted By: MaggieRoseLeeAnd you want that puppy slamming down in a fun and fast 'down'.
It is fun to watch them throw themselves at the floor for the treat.....
 

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Yup. Hold the treat in the palm of your hand and keep saying "down" in a positive voice. The second puppy's elbows hit the deck open your hand and mark it with clicker/voice. Repeat 100 times throughout 4-5 day period.
 

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Originally Posted By: ZeusGSDYup. Hold the treat in the palm of your hand and keep saying "down" in a positive voice. The second puppy's elbows hit the deck open your hand and mark it with clicker/voice. Repeat 100 times throughout 4-5 day period.
and if that doesnt work..say he wont down. u could always sit on the floor and bend your leg to where he can barely fit underneath..show him the treat, have him walk under ur leg, but keep ur leg low enough to where he has to lay down, when he's in the down postion, reward. repetition after repetition, short sweet and fun
 

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There are many way to teach your puppy to down.

As mentioned, there is clicker training (you can use an actual clicker, or just use a "marker word" such as "Yes" "bingo" etc). In clicker training, there are basically 3 ways you can use the clicker to get the desired behavior:
1. Lure. Use a treat in your dominant hand and hold the clicker in the other. Have puppy start in a sit and place the treat/hand directly in front of her/his nose. Slowly take the treat down toward the ground. Stay close to puppy's body. If you move it too far away, puppy will get up and walk towards the treat. If you keep it too close to the body, puppy will jump up from sit and stand and back up. Go directly down toward the ground. The instant puppy's elbows are on the floor, click or use your marker word, and treat. (read earlier provided links for info on "priming" the clicker or marker word) I do not use a command (The word "Down" or "Platz") at this stage in the training. Wait until you can reliably bet that you can get the behavior before you give a command. If you want your puppy to learn to respond to the command on the first time he hears it "Down", then repeating the command several times is not a good idea. Puppy will think it was that 3rd or 5th utterance of the word that was rewarded, not the first. When I do start adding the command, I only give it once.

2. Shaping - Have the clicker or marker word "primed" Closely watch your puppy. You are going to "mark" and reward every little picture frame (think movie frame) in the process of him/her going down. At first it may be looking toward the ground that you mark. Then a lowering of his/her head. Then a foot moving. Then that foot moving out forward away from the body. Then a hunching downwards.... Keep reinforcing behaviors that eventually will be the end result of a down. Again, no verbal command to get there. Let the puppy figure it out. This one takes patience and good timing along with knowing what you are looking for and when to keep "upping the ante" toard the end result of the goal behavior.

3. Capture - Wait around with treats in your pocket. Anytime you catch your puppy in a down "mark" it with a click or the marker word. this one takes longer sometimes just because you have to wait for the opportunity to catch him already doing the behavior.

Of all three, the first, Luring, is generally the easiest way to start training the down for many people. One of the biggest things, IMO is not to start giving a command until the puppy has an idea of what behavior earns a reward. No point in repeating the command and confsing puppy as to which one was rewardable. Wait until you can safely bet you can get the behavior (either through luring or that puppy is consistantly offering it on his own), before putting a command on the behavior.

Good luck and congrats on your new puppy!
 

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and if that doesnt work..say he wont down. u could always sit on the floor and bend your leg to where he can barely fit underneath..show him the treat, have him walk under ur leg, but keep ur leg low enough to where he has to lay down, when he's in the down postion, reward. repetition after repetition, short sweet and fun [/quote]

This is how I taught mine 'down', but we still need to work on it being longer than a touch down, she gets up again, and paws me, and will go down again, but I'm looking forward to the quick response, and it being longer than two seconds.
 
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