Having trouble snapping that perfect picture of your dog being the cutest? It’s difficult to capture him in just the right spot, but with this fun trick, you’ll be able to get him to settle for a short amount of time to give off the ultimate ‘cute dog’ look! Having your dog put his head down can either give off the impression that your dog is well behaved and relaxed, or you can convince everyone that he’s putting on a ‘guilty dog’ look to practice for his acting career! Either way, having this trick in your arsenal can offer your dog an opportunity to get some mental stimulation and obedience practice.
Teaching your dog to put his head down is likely one of the easier tricks for him to learn, as laying his head on the floor is already something he does very frequently, whether it’s just when he’s asleep or when he’s relaxed. This trick is perfect for beginners at obedience and dogs who are barely learning the basics.
How do I increase drive when asking my dog to retrieve an item (like a ball)?
Hello Holly, Check out these videos I have linked below for increasing toy interest. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtpLvumSTzI https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtpLvumSTzI&list=RDCMUCZzFRKsgVMhGTxffpzgTJlQ&start_radio=1&rv=ZtpLvumSTzI&t=0 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8Z0EOHPNfI You can also reserve certain toys only for fetching games, so its always new seeming to pup, then after the game is over, put the toy away - this is done with bumpers for hunting dogs. You can choose toys that simulate prey more. Keep initial throws shorter distances or fewer throws, so that pup is left wanting more when the game ends, instead of wandering off disinterested. If you are trying to train pup for the purpose of pup retrieving during hunting later, you can occasionally practice with real, dead birds, with pup on a long leash and harness so they don't take off with the bird while learning. This is often done with pigeons that are dead, frozen and thawed out right before practice. Birds' wings, or a small frozen duck, thawed out before practice. At first, simply let pup sniff the bird and get interested, then start off retrievals by tossing the bird just a couple of feet - so pup doesn't get suspicious of the bird while getting used to it. Don't allow pup to lie down and start chewing on the bird, eating it during fetching, or generally chewing on it - or that can create bad habits for later. Keep your attitude positive and light hearted during this initial introduction. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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