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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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Another way you could get him to do a down would be to lure him under your leg. Just sit on the floor with one foot on the ground. Your leg should make a triangle. Then, try and lure him under your leg with a treat. You probably won't be able to do this in class but you can practice this way at home. As soon as he's completely on the floor, click him (if you're using clickers which I assume you are), and then treat him. I would also make a huge deal over him. I wouldn't pair it with a word just yet. Let him get used to the movement and then, when you think he's ready, say 'down' as he's in the process of going down. Then click and treat him when he's completely on the floor. Eventually you should be able to phase out the leg and just say 'down' and he'll go to the ground. Good luck! Once he figures out what you're asking of him I'm sure he'll pick it up pretty quick. And they are very distracted in class. Good luck!

this's how we taught Fred and she FINALLY got down after about 3 weeks.
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