Join Date: Jan 2009
Dogs Name: Hannah (r.i.p) Stella and Molly
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Work with her before dinner! Use a treat and a clicker. Ask her to sit holding the treat enclosed in your hand....say it once only...as soon as you say sit, take one step towards her holding the treat at nose level. Gently push down on her rear haunches until she is sitting, click instantly then reward her.
The down is easy. At first get her to sit in front of you...reward as described above for sitting... motion your hand to the floor while saying down, bring the treat all the way too the floor(her nose will follow) if she doesn't go down pull your hand back away from her at floor level...if this doesn't work, place her down by grasping her front paws and gently placing her down. Reward with a click and a treat. Eventually you want to see her haunches out to the side otherwise you have a Dobe that's about to spring back up.
Never praise or repeat a command before they are in the position you want, and never praise her after you've said ok and shes on they way up...she'll think you're rewarding her for this.
I've trained Dobes with and without clickers, the important thing is that you either click or praise as soon as they do what you want. The clicker allows you to give them an audible "praise" as soon as they assume the down or sit, if they even hesitate while your giving praise they'll think this is what your rewarding them for. Get good treats...practice often, but no more than 10 min at a time...and be consistent.
I hope this helps.
Last edited by hannah41; 02-24-2009 at 11:16 PM.