I would definately try it without the pushing first. Depending on the pups personality, he/she may either become distracted by your hand on it's back and stop focusing on the food, OR he/she might "push back", or resist you pushing on his/her back.Originally Posted By: ThreeDogsI just held up a piece of food in front of their nose and moved it toward the ground (more of down and lure method) as I gently pushed between the shoulder blades. You can try without the pushing first. Some catch on really quick to this.
Don't be too impressed....last night and today he decided he didn't know how to do anything at all!! Hard-headed little guy..Originally Posted By: doggiedadwow, i'm impressed that your pup does so much at 11 weeks. we got our boy at 9 weeks and all i did was crate train, house break and light recall. i didn't start training untill he was 4 months old. as far as platz. i would place a piece of food (meat or chicken) in front of his nose and lower it to the floor while gently pulling his legs from under him. when i pulled his legs from under him i would gently pull both legs a few inches at a time untill his own weight would make him slide down. don't do this on a rug. while doing this i would say "down" and then treat and praise. it seems like everything i taught him takes 3 to 5 days. what ever it is i'm teaching i do it 4 to 5 times a day for 5 minutes or less and always ending on a positive note.
the puppy pounce, i use to think he puppy pounce was going to hurt them. my boy is 11 months old and sometimes when he lies down he plops down and you can hear this thud. he hasn't hurt himself yet so i guess it's ok.Originally Posted By: zypMy pups catch on quickly with the treat lure. Have pup sit and then move treat towards the floor as you say 'platz.' Keep it short and fun and soon he will be doing what I call the puppy pounce platz.
Anything that combines fun and food...