12-03-2008, 12:04 AM
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Join Date: May 2006
Tricks are very easy to teach, as is down, with the right technique (of course based on positive reinforcement). Your hand movement is not correct, you want to move it from his nose in front of his breast, paws and when he follows that with his nose move it away from his paws. Stop the second his bum leaves the floor, and try again. With the right movement he will go down with the first try though. If that makes any sense to you. You'd better get a really good trainer to show you the basics. Sit and down should be no problem at about 12 weeks (no idea how old your dog is though). He's not stubborn, he just cannot make any sense of why you move your hand with the treat up and down. ;)
Check out clickersolutions.com, and get a good book on trick teaching- or even better meet with a trainer.
A trainer can help you get it right from the start.
It's very hard to keep dogs occupied and entertained all the time. Tricks are a great way!
It makes no sense to start trick teaching until the basics are at least okay though, like saying down and the dog does it, and you use your clicker or marker word and take out the treat then.
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Last edited by jenn; 12-03-2008 at 12:05 AM.