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you can look for opportunities to click when he lies down on his own, so you can "mark" the behavior and that will help him understand what you want. For example, if normally, you go in to watch TV, and he comes in and lies down on the floor, use this as a training opportunity. Take the clicker and some treats with you and go in and sit down like you're getting ready to watch TV. When he comes in and lies down, click and treat. You don't need to say anything at this time.
I love clicker training and have used it on my dogs since they were puppies. It's not the only method I use
If you're interested in this method or have any questions, I'll be glad to answer them.
originally posted by: imwilliam
YES! I'm not using a clicker, but I discovered Michael Ellis and his marker training about 3 months ago.
You know that makes a lot of sense. I am still new to marker training and hadn't thought of applying it in that way. Great suggestion and thanks.
He's got a new video coming out on leash pressure and as my background is in horses, I can't wait to get it. Seems like such an underused/miss-used technique to me.
Have you ever used a tug instead of a treat?
Can't Teach My Dog to Lay Down on Command. Any Suggestions?
He's a rescue ... he may not be able to do that.
And if he can't .. then you should just love him all the more.