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Old October 18th, 2009, 08:53 PM
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You may also want to try this technique where you put a name to an action already occurring (contiguity learning). When you see your dog about to/in the process of sitting, say "sit" as soon as her bum hits the ground and reward. Same with when she immediately lays down, say "down" and reward. The difference here is that you're not giving her a command before she does the action, your putting the command word to the action that she's just completed. Several repetitions throughout the day for several days and she'll associate the word with the action. Try it. After 4 or 5 days, you can give her the verbal command and I bet she'll respond instantly.

This is what I love most about incorporating training into daily life. It only takes minutes at a time with little effort, and you get a smart, happy pup .
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