Giving your dog a task to earn attention gives him confidence as he learns to predict his environment and apply constructive behavior to achieving his goals. Teaching your dog to do puppy push ups to get your attention, or a meal, is a great way to give your dog a task which he can use to earn the things he needs and wants.
Teaching your dog to do puppy push ups is a great game for your dog that provides him with entertainment and has some great fitness benefits too. Do you have a dog that is bored, stuck inside due to weather, or needs to be distracted from a behavior that is becoming obsessive? Puppy push ups can also be used as a substitute behavior to distract your dog in a situation where he is becoming anxious or out of control by proving another activity to draw his focus. Push ups can also be a great way to provide your dog a job that allows him to earn something, like a walk, play time, or a meal. When you give your dog a job, and he understands the pay off for successfully completing his job, it builds confidence which can be used to counteract psychological issues such as boredom and anxiety.
My pup is pretty good at listening to commands like come and stay but he just doesn't get sit and down! We have researched You Tube videos and articles for any thing that might help us teach him but nothing works! Every time he sees the signal and hears the command he walks over to beg for the treat. We have tried without treats but he still won't do it cause he just wants a treat! Any ideas of how to break the habit of wanting a treat all the time?
Hello Grace, Check out the articles linked below and try the Pressure or Capture method instead or treat luring. Sit: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-sit Down: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-to-lay-down Using these methods you can hide the treat in your back pocket, then reward pup after they are in the correct position, instead of showing pup the treat beforehand. You can also try luring pup with a treat still but use a leash to attach pup to something secure behind them, so that they can't walk toward you while you lure with the treat. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
Thank you so much I will try to do what you recommended!
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I’m trying to train my aunts puppy or dog to be a service dog to help my aunts and help them with things and I’m also trying to train her doing a lot of other things I want to train her to like crawl, push-ups , take it , give back , leave it , clap , back , open a door for that one I want to train her to open are mini fridge door and bring my aunt her Diet Coke kind of specific but she won’t grab the strap in her mouth and Then have her take the Diet Coke in her mouth and bring it to my aunt, and then I also want to train her to weave, yoga, clean up, hush, and dog catch. But I’m not to sure how to do all of that and I really want her too and for the service dog part . One part is the like open the mini fridge door and then the fridge door also doesn’t have a handle but we got it like so it’s tied in there so when she would pull the strap then the door opens, but then I want her to like carry a bag in her mouth too and help like carry in groceries that aren’t to heavy and bring them in but she won’t put any type of bag in her mouth at all either so I don’t know what I can do . I’m sorry if that’s kind of a lot but I really want to do it because my aunts getting back surgery today and she’s gonna be in the hospital for a few more dahs and then after That can’t do much and my other aunt that like there together and she had a few strokes and that and her one arm is paralyzed and she needs help and like grabbing things and that but if you can help me figure this stuff out please that would be really nice and helpful thank you
Hello Athena, I suggest finding a few good trick trainers on YouTube and watching their individual videos on how to train certain tricks. Most tricks are small tricks put together to form more complex tricks. For example, bringing you a can involves: "Take It" - picking something up with their mouth "Hold" - continuing to hold something "Tug" - tugging on the strap to open the door "Fetch" - bring you an item "name of object" teaching the name of an item "Leave It" - leave other items alone in the fridge "Drop It" - releasing the item into your hand You teach the small tricks first, one by one. Once the dog can perform those simple steps, you gradually add the tricks together by having the dog do tricks 1 and 2 before giving the reward, then tricks 1, 2 and 3 before giving the reward, ect...until the reward comes at the end of all the small tricks that were part of that one bigger trick. Reward baby steps along the way and small successes. Trick training builds on itself. It may seem daunting to teach 7 tricks just to get a can from the fridge, but some of those smaller tricks also make up the other bigger tricks you want to teach, like holding a bag and carrying it for her. The more tricks you teach the easier it tends to get to teach new things, but you have to break things down into smaller steps for the dog. A couple of good trick trainers on YouTube are: Zach George's Dog Training Revolution KikoPup Kristin Crestejo Follow those trainer's channels, but also look for others who teach the specific things you want to learn on YouTube. Look for wording like "how to teach..." opposed to just funny videos showing dogs doing the trick without how to instructions. A few things that may help with the drink, put the container in a coozy and start with an empty can so that it's easier to hold, easier to grip, and not cold feeling. For the door opening, play tug with a similar strap and reward your pup for tugging on a strap when you say "Tug". Transition to the fridge strap when pup can tug on the other strap when told "Tug" without you having to wiggle it around and tempt with it first. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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