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
Thank you for the wonderful ideas... I've been trying the capture it this evening... he has the most beautiful down position when its his own idea! He is very iffy on treats even at home... he dumps his kibble on the floor to eat... and may refuse a meal just cause he is busy... I've only found a couple of treats he really likes... but if I use them too much (the PB & Nana) I'm afraid he'll get bored with them too... Chicken doesn't work as he gets baked chicken topped on his kibble every meal (we have a diabetic dog that we use as a protein source for her and the rest all get a sprinkle too)... sometimes he ignores the chicken in his dish even... I may look at the liver or chicken gizzards... though I've never cooked a gizzard in my life!
That video was quite helpful! Hmmm... our practice room at home is carpeted (pretty much my whole house is)... I may have to try a bit of rearranging so we can have a tile floor and see if that helps to as Mikey suggested... maybe then he'll slide more into a down as Rusty does. I'm taking a small bit of carpet to class tomorrow and plan to sit in the floor with my houndie... he does beautiful "watch me's" and I'm hoping he'll be less stressed with me at his level... we shall see!
I've been penning the rest of my crew to the kitchen (which is tiled) and practicing in the back room to avoid distractions... I say "let's go practice" and he runs to the back room.... he really is a smart little guy- just wish I could get him to be smart on command!