Yep, I was getting bored with adding the verbal cues for down-from-stand and stand-from-down yesterday. So I taught him 'play dead.' it took 7 repetitions with a food lure and a belly rub for a reward. It is all about the quality of the reward!
After years of being a negative nancy.... I am starting to understand the alure of dog sports. Dog training is exhausting, but rewarding.
I misread your post a little, but if he'll come to you to trade for a second tug, he may be ready to out and rebite the same tug. You wouldn't really have any use for food or anything else to trade at that point. Try something like tug, let him win, call him to you, tug, let him win- maybe 4 or five times, then freeze it- out him, and let him rebite and win. They generally progress pretty good from that point.
It took three X 20-minute play sessions and he learned 'out.' One to freeze him out. One to add the verbal cue. One for verbal cue only. On the first rep, I had to stand still as a statue for 4 minutes and 30 seconds with my hands braced against my legs. You could see his little doggy brain thinking, "What the heck, this isn't how the game is played."
He is neither fast nor reliable not does it generalize to anything but the tug... But now that the foundation is set we have loads of time to practice.
Even better, he thinks out is something associated with a reward, not associated with a correction as in, 'put the shoe down.'
I had been teaching my puppy down from a sit position. Then a video I saw said NOT to do that but teach down from stand. He said it could be “life saving”. I would like advice on which way to do it. Any advice may not matter, I may train her whichever way I feel like. But would like a few more pros and cons on it than just “life saving”.
Something to consider, if you teach a down in a formal obedience through play/motivation you can use it anytime. I like to do it that way and then have a casual lay down similar to a place command so his down will basically always be quick.
Hi everyone, with so many German Shepherd lines, I wanted to see if you guys know what line my max is , he is 5 months 1 week old 55lb, is he German showline , American show line or working line ?
Thank you in advance
I’m sorry I feel like a post dumb questions lol but this is my first GSD and my first actual dog on my own so I want to make all the best choices for her. She is 10 months old and currently weighs about 65 lbs. I have slowly been changing her to adult food, which has been a struggle lol. I...