Frodo did a "down"!! I've been trying the "capture it" technique that Mikey T had suggested... and then at practice times using the under the leg technique... and calmly repeating down as we go along... and he did it!! I started using bits of hotdog and get him into a sit... then hold a bit of hotdog just in front of my knee... when he lowered his head down I rewarded said "down" and gave the treat... then next bite I pulled back about an inch further under my leg... and so forth till he finally went all the way down! I have to start over at the sit each time... but we are getting to the down position quicker now! This afternoon it took about 20 minutes and 3 hotdogs...this evenings session only about 5 minutes and 1 hotdog!
Now another question... I praise a lot- good boy...good down...but wonder if that confuses them or is it the voice tone that matters? He likes the praise as well as the treat so I combine and give extra love- will this help or hinder?
Also... what do we use in place of "Get down!" shouted loudly when he climbs on top of the table, counters, etc... We have always said "get down!" in a loud firm voice...but are afraid we'll confuse the issue now that we want "down" to mean something else! Am I making any sense?
Tomorrow we learn "stay".... this could be hilarious!