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Puppy training ?

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Frodo is having a hard time in obedience class… the trainer says he is just timid and bashful… but the little booger isn’t cooperating. We have mastered “sit” and “watch me” pretty consistently now… but I cannot get a down for the life of me! He’ll sit and dip his head down… but the rest of him won’t follow no matter how I maneuver the treat. He won’t take treats in class…. No matter what we try- spits on them… or worse rolls around on the treat like he is putting on perfume! The trainer laughs so hard saying she has never seen that and trying to video it… I’m afraid he is going to be the class clown! He will take the biljac PB and Nana treats at home sometimes but not in class. He has refused all offerings including a beef rawhide in school! He walks loose leash well so we are progressing… but I am stumped on finding a way to reward him enough for cooperation! Today for his homework I sliced up fresh baked ham into pieces… worked well for a “sit” but no go on “down”- Any ideas for treats or training? The pitbulls in his class get it on the first try… but not my boy! I’m going to have to get a bumper sticker that says my basset failed puppy obedience school:rolleyes:
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Anabelle was also the class clown in her obedience class. She had no problems with "down" actually it was the getting her back up that was the most difficult. Are you standing up in front of him? Anabelle did better when I kneeled in front of her to start with but she is VERY short.

In our class if the dog didn't "get it" we would eventually as a last resort just put them there until they understood what we were asking of them. For example for down start tugging on their front legs gently. But again that's probably best left as a last resort.

The stars of my class were a standard schnauzer and a cattle dog.

Anabelle also refused treats the first class or two, so we started bringing a mixture of hot dogs, ham, and chicken. They are very distracted at class so they're not quite as interested in food as normal.
A general tip if your trainer hasn't emphasized it is to only say a command once. Otherwise you may end up with a dog that only sits to "sit... sit... sit... sit" as opposed to "sit".
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