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    Default Anyone have any good advice on teaching your bully how to lay down?

    So Tank was awesome at learning how to sit, shake and high five.. But for some reason, I cannot get him to understand how to lay down. Anyone have any good tips on how they taught their bully to do it? I've tried the treat on the floor and trying to help him to lay down but he just doesn't seem to understand it. Any good advice?

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    Default Re: Anyone have any good advice on teaching your bully how to lay down?

    hahahahaha! I have this same problem! I mean exactly. When you LOOK in Bo's direction he tries to High Five you - but lay right down, belly flat on the floor for a treat? Not so much. In my case, it's really my fault. I'm not consistent. It's hard with the two of them squirming around on the floor, trying to get the cookie via any means necessary. I give in.

    My daughter took this video of Bo doing his infamous "high five" at the cabin in Sequim. High Five, Bo! - YouTube They're so adorable, I give them the cookie regardless. (see? Consistency. Totally my problem.)

    You might be interested in some really fun videos on You Tube that teach dog tricks. The ones I get the most out of are the "Expert Village" ones. Here's the "Play Dead" one: Dog Tricks : Play Dead Dog Trick - YouTube Cute!

    Good luck!

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    Default Re: Anyone have any good advice on teaching your bully how to lay down?

    Hold the treat right in front of his nose in a sitting position. Slowly pull the treat down to his toes. RIght in front of his toes. He should follow it. As soon as his elbows hit the floor give it to him . Dont require at first that it is perfect. You can work on that later
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    Default Re: Anyone have any good advice on teaching your bully how to lay down?

    I had the same problem with Karma. Everytime I would put the treat to the floor between her front paws, she would lift her but but drop her chest, essentially bowwing. So what I did was to sit on the floor and create a tunnel with one leg and lure her through the tunnel with a treat. The tunnel was just tall enough so it caused her to have to crawl through it. As soon as her chest hit the floor, I rewarded her. After a few, maybe 5-10, times I tried it without the tunnel. She had it and since then she has never forgotten it.

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    Default Re: Anyone have any good advice on teaching your bully how to lay down?

    I get Jackson to lay down by patting my hand/tapping my nails on the floor. I'm trying to get to the point where I can just say "lay down" w/out going through the hand motions. He also knows how to sit and shake/high five and we're working on "lay down" and "stay". Its hard though since I'm the only one that works w/ him! My husband is all about playing and its like I'm the disciplinarian.

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    When training our bulldogs for rally obedience the second thing they learn is down (after sit.) The most important thing is consistency, that means always use the same command and hand signal and only treat if they go down all the way....bullies like to do their own version of "down" with the butt in the air and that doesn't work LOL.

    What I do is say "Gypsy down!" in an excited voice and point quickly to the floor with my treat hand. Initially my husband will "help" them lay down with pressure on their booties. It may be easier to start from a sit too, using the same command. Once she is down I praise her like crazy and she gets the treat out of my treat hand.

    Good luck, with practice your baby will have it in no time!!!

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    Default Re: Anyone have any good advice on teaching your bully how to lay down?

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    Such and obvious answer. Tell them the are NOT allowed to get on the couch. Pretend to leave the room....PRESTO. They get on the couch and they are laying down.

    With Orion, we used the clicker and a treat. Holding the treat on the ground and using the "down" command. It was a waiting game with her. I made a video showing how we taught her, and a game you can do to reinforce it. We haven't played this game in over a year, so I was surprised when it hardly took any coaxing at all. It's important also to teach the release word. For us, it's "ok". When feeding them, I make them hold in a "sit" until I say "ok". I will use all sorts of words, some short and some long. I try and use different pitches and different tones. 99.9% of the time..the game is a success. Good luck.

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    Default Re: Anyone have any good advice on teaching your bully how to lay down?

    What I've always done and what I did Delilah is have them start in the sitting position. I'd get a treat, let her sniff it. Then I'd slowly lower it down to the ground out in front of her, and she'd follow it. You can also put a hand on their shoulders and gently press to help encourage them to lay down. Delilah had a little problem at first of wanting to get up to follow the treat instead of laying down, ha!


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    Default Re: Anyone have any good advice on teaching your bully how to lay down?

    Wow such great advise! Thanks! I know what a lot of you are talking about!

    @LoveMyBully82 - my boyfriend is the SAME WAY! All he wants to do is play with Tank.. I am the one that has to have the patience to teach him haha! Of course I was the one who taught him the tricks he knows now. It's a lot harder to do with one person.

    @Libra926 - You have such a good girl!!! I am definitely going to try your technique! I know it's going to take time to get Tank to not go for the treat right away but I love how she listens to you. Hopefully it'll work for Tank to! I'm going to have to be very patient!

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    Default Re: Anyone have any good advice on teaching your bully how to lay down?

    Quote Originally Posted by Vicaroo1000 View Post
    hahahahaha! I have this same problem! I mean exactly. When you LOOK in Bo's direction he tries to High Five you - but lay right down, belly flat on the floor for a treat? Not so much. In my case, it's really my fault. I'm not consistent. It's hard with the two of them squirming around on the floor, trying to get the cookie via any means necessary. I give in.

    My daughter took this video of Bo doing his infamous "high five" at the cabin in Sequim. High Five, Bo! - YouTube They're so adorable, I give them the cookie regardless. (see? Consistency. Totally my problem.)

    You might be interested in some really fun videos on You Tube that teach dog tricks. The ones I get the most out of are the "Expert Village" ones. Here's the "Play Dead" one: Dog Tricks : Play Dead Dog Trick - YouTube Cute!

    Good luck!
    I love that video of Bo! So cute!! Thanks for these videos! Very helpful!

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    Default Re: Anyone have any good advice on teaching your bully how to lay down?

    try holding the treat in front of his nose after he sits, and lower it to the floor saying down. and when he followes it to the floor , back up slightly so that he must lay down to reach it. or press slightly on his back as he is coming down--BUT remember to (immediately say ,good down and always a second treat till he gets it.
    try this way, I hope it works for you. they go down easier form a sit position.
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    do you live in SeQuim?? I do .Buster does the paw thing to get a pet. I will watch the u tube thx - linda parks the vintage in SeQuim.
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