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March 23, 2010

Fresh Start

After three years and so much repetition, training gets stale for the puppy raiser and, I assume, the puppy. The training session at The Dog Den last week offered a fresh perspective and identified many training gaps. Always good to be reintroduced to the training manual.

The last couple days, we have been working on the Emergency DOWN. For those not familiar with the term, it requires the dog to drop immediately to the ground on command regardless of what he is doing. While walking, I energetically command DOWN and he drops. We have also practiced it in the middle of a recall.

I have yet to think of a practical use, but it has given us something fresh to work on. Banjo has quickly learned it, so we are all feeling good. He appreciates the edible rewards used during the initial training process.

Next Week: Pivoting

1 comment:

Mark said...

I saw it used once. A beagle was chasing a cat into the street and the owner shouted "Down" as the dog got close to the street. Suffice it to say, the dog lived as it dropped immediately and didn't run into traffic.