|ARCH Demon RL1, RL2, RL3, RLV|
Intimidation- seldom- facilitates- learning
|Barked: Mon Dec 24, '12 8:15am PST |
|I just make downs FUN, FUN, FUN!!! I teach the dog to drop as fast as they can to get in the game.
I start wherever the dog needs to be (luring, bending for the signal), but ALWAYS give the verbal cue first, then the hand signal. When the dog is down, I click and toss a treat off to the side for the dog to chase, then repeat. The dog eventually learns A) to jump the prompt (ie hit the deck when they hear the verbal cue) and B) to drop where they are because the treat will be tossed as soon as they are in the down.
The game looks like this:
And it creates this:
As to the cue, I don't think it needs to be commanding. I have been told by judges in the ring that I have the softest drop cue they have ever heard. That is because I taught it in a soft voice. I have seen people NQ in the Rally ring for using a harsh voice on this exercise then say it is needed. It's not. It is all about reinforcement history and making it a really fun behavior.