I just had to share my excitement about my dog Banjoy doing a (lie) 'down' without lure for the first time today!
I haven't been very consistent with the training, as life gets a bit busy sometimes. She was doing it ok with a lure, though was still trying to snatch the food out of my hand.
But I thought I'd try without lure to see how she went. When I first said 'down' she sat and stared intensely at the clicker. Then she got distracted by a fly in the kitchen. Then by the cat chasing the fly. Until she finally plopped down! I gave her 3 treats for that!
When she did it a second time I was so ecstatic I made her all overexcited.
The third time she tried to trick me by lifting a leg as if she was going to lie down and then sitting down again to stare at the clicker. But when that didn't have the desired effect, she laid down anyway.
The hardest task for her is done now: to understand what the hell I was on about.
The hardest work for me is still to come: to work on speed and sustaining.
Sorry, it's such a little thing, but it gave me so much joy.