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Thread: GSD Pup Wont 'drop'

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    Bernie, who we have now had for 5 wks, and is 15 wks old GSD male, wont lay down on command.

    Ive been trying the usual technique;
    from a sit position, holding a treat to his nose, and moving treat to floor, which he's supposed to follow to a led down position, but he doesnt. He leans as far forward/down in the sit as he can, then stands up. Ive deliberately not held the treat more than say 3" in front of his paws, to discourage leaning and standing too.

    Im clearly not communicating to Bernie what i want him to do. All other training is coming along well, except this command.

    Does anyone know of another method to train this?
    Every previous dog 'got it'. But not Bernie/me combo.

    It would be nice to solve this. Ive been giving the command lie down, as he does the behaviour naturally, and rewarding him then. But so far, no luck with command/behaviour/reward.

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    I've been using this same method with my GSD the passed few days (he's 19 weeks old). He lays down around half of the time and the other half he just leans down. I'm starting clicker training as soon as my clicker arrives so I'm hoping this will help, but he is getting the hang of it

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    Are you sure you been making an L motion with the treat hand? Treat in hand down between dogs legs then draw out across ground a bit.

    Have you tried a slippery floor? Sit against wall, make L motion with food treat and apply slight pressure between the shoulders, make a big fuss when down. This method is fine for a happy go lucky puppy.

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    Jenna used to do this too when she was a puppy. I had to apply a little pressure between the shoulder blades as MAC said. She soon got the idea.
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    is he an "inny" or an "outty"?

    Some dogs will lay down if the treat is move down from nose and then pushed in between their legs and others will lay down if the treat is pulled down from nose and than out (away) from their body.

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    Have you tried it from a stand position??? Same principal, just starting point is stand not sit... Then do Lshape.
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    Have you considered using a singular word, such as drop or something, rather than two words?

    I had one GS bitch who just didn't like to drop all the way. After all other usual training methods failed, I would command a sit position which she would obey instantly; I would then forget about pressure between the shoulder-blades or anywhere else, and would gently guide her front legs off the ground,out and down with left hand, whilst sweeping treat out and away with right hand. Obviously, I would be on the ground with/beside her. It worked a treat, actually, and to this day it remains a form I prefer to use to teach the drop command.

    You could give it a try if all else fails.

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    Place your outstretched arm underneath the pup's "under arms" of their front legs & "scoop" your straightened arm forward. Their legs naturally raise up off the ground/floor & they've got nowhere to go but down. Big fuss & reward. With some pups, the second you put any pressure on their upper body, they naturally resist & then you've got a tussle on your hands.

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    ok, lots of ideas to try.
    here i go.

    ive been trying to upload a picture in my profile, fingers crossed, it'll appear in this post.

    bernie
    (inny or outty, i loved that! im now curious as hell)

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    He's beautiful. Hope to see lots more pics of him in the near future

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