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    Question Archie Won't Lie Down in Class

    Ok, so he will sometimes. Like when I have liver in my hand, or if we are inside or he's about to be fed. But in obedience class he will only lie down if I lure him down. How do I get him to lie down without being lured? He does it at home but not in class (most of the time). Any ideas?
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    About now is the time I get tough. I have a couple of methods that make a dog drop that are quick and efficient but hard to explain in writing so try these things instead.

    So rather than make him drop in class where perhaps he doesn't feel comfortable, start away from where the majority of dogs are and slowly work your way closer to the class.

    Arrive early and give it a go before all the dogs arrive.

    Have a look at your schedule of reward. I find people often reward more in class than they do at home because they don't want to look silly and then once they've struggled to get the dog to do what they want they reward which is not right.

    Another method is to pretend your luring, then show the dog your empty hand, then take treat from your pouch and give to dog. Keep giving while dog is down say about four or five treats then release.

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    Hey,

    What you need to keep in mind is that the drop position is the one most vulnerable for your dog. He is happy to drop in familiar places, like your home, because he does not feel threatened. But at the classes there is a lot going on. There are other dogs and people running around, a lot of noise, and new smells, so he does not feel secure enough to drop. The drop is a way for your dog to show that he is submissive and he may not want to show submissive behavior with the other dogs around.
    What you need to look at doing, after you know he will drop reliably at home, is find a new but quiet, space to get him comfortable in. Start at the beginning again, just to be safe, and lure him into the drop and before he breaks, release. Work on this until you can proof him without other distractions. Once he is comfortable with that you can slowly introduce him into a more stressful environment. As mouseandchicken said "start away from where the majority of dogs are and slowly work your way closer to the class".
    Just remember, there is a point where simple observation and awareness of his environment turns into him feeling overwhelmed. You want him to stay at a distance where he is aware of the other dogs but not concerned by them. Over time this distance can be shortened until he is comfortable to work in the group. Work at the speed of your dog and keep confident, your dog will pick up on it and be reassured that there is nothing for him to worry about.

    Cheers

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