It’s a nightmare getting your dog to move out of the way of the door, let alone getting him to follow any obedience commands. He’s so big and strong as well that he knows nobody can make him do anything. He’s gotten more stubborn as he’s got older. Now getting him into the car is a nightmare, he’ll just refuse and he knows he’s too heavy for you to lift him. Not being able to train him to lay down really causes problems sometimes. For example, when you’re at the vet you can’t get him to lie down so the vet can examine him properly.
Training your stubborn dog to lie down will open the door to a whole range of other possibilities. Succeed with this basic command and you’ll find teaching him to ‘wait’, ‘sit’ and any number of other instructions will be easier too.
Training your dog to lie down would normally be relatively straightforward. But you’ve got yourself a particularly tricky customer who doesn’t like following orders Fortunately, all dogs have a weak spot, and that is usually food. You need to find the food that drives him crazy and use that to assert your control. If he’s a puppy he should be a fast learner even if he’s stubborn. You may see results in just 5 days. If he’s older and been living without rules for many years then you’ve got more of a challenge on your hands. You may need up to 10 days before you see consistent results.
Succeed with this training and you’re halfway there to teaching him to ‘stay’ too. You’ll also be able to get him to lie down so he’s not stood in the way of the TV in the evenings.
Before you set to work you’ll need a few bits. The most important component is food. Take his favorite food, such as cheese, and break it into small pieces. You’ll also need a much-loved toy and a clicker for one of the methods.
You’ll need a quiet room to practice in at a time of the day where you both won’t be distracted. Try and set aside 10 minutes each day for the next week or so.
Once you’ve got all of that, just bring patience and a pro-active attitude and you’re good to get going!
Got him from a charity. He has been well trained in most things by previous owner except lying down. He sits without you saying anything. We can’t get him to lie down and have tried various methods; he just won’t go past sit. He is trying really hard to do what we want; I wonder if he was ‘over trained’ to sit, if that’s possible.
Our main reason to teach this is so he is comfortable and more stable in the car.
Hello Caroline, First, using a treat, touch it to his nose until he is licking it, then move it toward the ground slowly enough that he can keep licking it the whole time. When it gets to the ground, slowly move the treat toward him, along the ground under his belly instead of moving it away from him like the article mentions. If he lies down when you do this, praise him and open your hand to let him have the treat. Sometimes dogs don't respond to moving the treat away from them and you have to move it toward them once it's on the ground. If the above tweak doesn't work, then check out the article linked below and follow the "Capture method" or the "Leash Pressure method". All of the methods from the article you commented on are versions of the Lure-Reward method from the article I linked below (the method from the article I linked below that I don't suggest you use since it hasn't been working). Lure Reward training is the quickest way to teach Down to most dogs, but some dogs do not like lying down because it's submissive, uncomfortable, or you may not be luring in a way that he can understand. When that's the case you need to use the Capture method or Leash Pressure method. Only use the leash pressure method if he isn't overly fearful or aggressive since that method is the firmest of the three. When you use the leash pressure method you are not physically forcing the dog to the ground, you are applying just enough downward pressure to make standing uncomfortable for him and waiting until the dog gets tired of being uncomfortable and chooses to lie down - at which point you will reward him heavily for lying down. Down command: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-to-lay-down Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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