Monday, August 3, 2009

Training the Dachshund

The question was posed to me a couple of days ago, about teaching a dachshund the "down" command.

Sounds like you have the command down,(no pun intended) but you want to lengthen her response time? To do that, what I do, especially with pups that have short attention spans, once I get them into the down position, I'll put down a hand full of treats. This keeps them in the down position a little bit longer than giving a tiny treat.

I did a video of Texas doing going through some of the behaviors I've taught him. And each time I have him "down" I put down three or four treats, which, as you'll see keep him the position longer.

This will also roll over into the "wait" or "stay" command. Putting down a handful of treats, walking away while the pup eats them, and coming back right as they are finished.

"Good pup!"

I'll let an expert demo that one!

I Hope this helps!


Raising Addie said...

OMD you make that look sooooo easy!!

We are going to try this tomorrow. Hailey ate something that she should not have and has been throwing up so no food for her right now, not even treats until we know she is ok.

How long did it take for you to master this command with Texas? At this point I have to physically place her front paws down to even get her in a down.

Thank you soooo much for taking the time to make this video!! Texas is very talented!!! Can we send Hailey to you for a few weeks??

Chasing my tale...
Addie, Lucie, and Hailey

P.S. that picture of Texas and Bubbles is just gorgeous in the previous post! LOVE those spontaneous moments. They make the best pictures!

Kalyxcorn said...

how cool! I had been thinking of posting some of Baxter's tricks but it's been so long since he's learned them that I've forgotten how I taught him. Thankfull he hasn't forgotten how to do them. Love your pups!


DoDo and MoMo said...

It's easy to get treats off Hoomans, isn't it Texas? *grins*

Matilda said...

Well done! Texas!
That is cool!
Now my mom is watching the expert demo. I wonder if I can do that...