Chanse Posted February 18, 2015 Report Share Posted February 18, 2015 (edited) Archer is doing relatively well with all of his training, right now we are mostly just working on being able to relax and calm down, but that is a different problem. The issue that I want to bring up here is Archer's slow movements in response to a command. Archer has no problem following the command and each command is only given once. So he sits when I say sit and goes down when I say down. He doesn't have a delayed response (i.e. the problem isn't that I give the command then he has to think about it before doing it). The issue is that he is just so slow with executing the command. When he sits he slowly lowers his butt to the floor. This happens all the time and is even worse when I try to train with toys. Mostly because he seems to not want to go into a full sit or down in anticipation of me throwing the toy. With a sit he seems to think that I might throw the toy early so sometimes he will pause half way down. This is even worse for downs. He will often just try to get away with going most of the way down but holding his chest off the floor. I have never rewarded him for these partial sits or partial downs and I never release him until his butt or chest hits the floor. Also, if he does pause when doing a sit or down he won't be rewarded for that, he will have to be released and do another one. I've tried increasing the pace of our play a lot to see if he would start going faster, but this hasn't worked at all. I will run/move quickly then give a command for sit...then everything slows down and I have to wait a few seconds for his butt to hit the floor. I've tried rapidly firing commands at him. So it would go sit - wait for butt to hit floor - release - sit -wait -release -sit - and so on. One right after the other and I was hoping that I could reward the faster sits. This failed miserably because he just got slower with each command and started to pause more frequently. The only time he gives me really fast responses is once I get home and let him out of the crate. He is of course super excited and when I say sit his but slams to the ground. If I say down he slams himself to the floor as flat as he can be. I reward these a lot because that is what I want. So I am hoping someone on here might have some advice for making my pup move a little faster. Right now my only idea is to go back to rewarding every sit and down, and maybe using a clicker to make him realize that butt on the floor is what gets the reward. Edited February 18, 2015 by Chanse Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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