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Teaching 'tricks'

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by vl589, Aug 4, 2009.

  1. vl589

    vl589 PetForums Newbie

    Aug 4, 2009
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    We have a 10 month old puppy who is very good at picking up new things, he very quickly and eagerly learned to sit, give paw, catch etc. He would learn these things within 10/15 mins of teaching. However a few weeks ago when trying to get him to lie down he did it a few times and then its as if he decided that he didn't want to do it any more and now whenever we try anything new he runs off frightened and hides. He has never been mistreated when learning new things only praised and treated!
    Anyone any tips on how we can change this and encourage him to learn new things??
  2. Nicky09

    Nicky09 PetForums VIP

    Feb 26, 2009
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    All I can say is welcome to the teens. Try going over simple things and giving huge amounts of praise and treats when he does it right or even when he tries a little bit like when you were first training him.
  3. alphadog

    alphadog PetForums VIP

    Jan 29, 2009
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    Try teaching him some new tricks, (or the lie down trick) in a new place, like out on a walk in a field or quiet park for eg. Whilst he has learnt some tricks well, he has also learnt his own trick... run and hide! Because dogs are situational learners, that is, their commands don't always transfer smoothly from one surrounding to another, he may be able to dissconnect from the running away mindset he has developed in one situation and focus his mind more, if he is in a different environment. Worth a try?!
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