Hi! I’m Melanie McLeroy with Taurus Training
for Expert Village and today we’re going to talk about puppies. Now it’s time to
teach this little corgi puppy how to lie down. Barto has sit, sit down, so what I’m going
to do is use the cheese as a lure and take his nose to the ground, now I think this will
take a little bit more time than a sit command because it’s something new. Now see how
I’m moving it forward. I run the risk of his rear end going up in the air, so I’m
going to start over, sit, good and take the cheese down more between his paws. Down, good.
Now see how long that took, be patient, you don’t want to say the word until you’re
reasonably certain about 98% that he’s actually going to do the action. Sit uh… now there
I did little no reward marker and he jumped on me. So instead of moving away which a lot
of people do when dogs jumped, I moved into him to control his movements and get him off
me. Come here little… let’s try that again. Sit, good, uh… sit, good. Now that little
uh… little uh that I’m doing is a no reward marker when his rear comes up off the ground
that means he did the wrong thing. Sit, good. Again, I think his rear is going down, good,
very nice, okay, sit, good, down, good. So you see, how I was moving his body backward
and then encouraged him to come forward to get his front part of his body on the ground.
Okay, so this will take some time. Barto definitely needs several sessions on this command every
day for quite sometime and then we start fading the lure, making sure our reinforcement is
random, we might try some different reinforcement from time to time, so that’s how to teach
a puppy to lie down.