Monday, October 24, 2011

Training Downs 202

Here is a second look at training ex-racing greyhounds to down using my foster dog, Sahara. Check out Training Downs 201 if you have not already (click here).  This is just more of the same and showing you his progress.  This is from his third training session.  I give a lot more detailed instruction in my Greyhound Downs 101 through 104 so this time I am trying to give you a feel for my thought process when I am working with a new greyhound.

The goal for this session was to get Sahara to lure into a down a few times (instead of crawling under my leg) and for me to get a little further and to move a little more while he stays down.

11 comments:

Kini_pella said...

Hi Jen! Was just looking up Riley (she's Bob's Tilly, right?) in greyhound data for the fun of it and found that Ferguson and Riley have the same great great great grant father in "I'm Slippy." Too funny! Probably not as neat as I think it is, since a male dog especially can have zillions of pups, but good to know they're related recognizably on paper ^_^.

The Lady said...

He seems like a sweet dog. He's looking and wagging like "I know you want me to do something, just not sure what it is!"

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for these videos! After your first video on training downs, I tried it with my 8-year old ex-racer, and she took to it really well. I really appreciate all the work you put into this site.

Greyhounds CAN Sit said...

He's such a happy boy and he's trying very hard. Looking forward to the next installment:)

CJ said...

I was lucky enough to have Derby fostered by Jennifer. So Derby came to me already knowing many important commands. He is still stubborn, ha ha! Thank you Jennifer.

~debi~ (wolfe) strevel said...

Thanks soooo much!! In minutes I had my grey poking her nose to the plastic cup....hahaha. Now, crawling under my legs is a bit more challenging....she gives me this "I know you're up to something!!" look.
Hahahahaha--thanks again for encouraging my soul!! Now to convince that crazy obedience class teacher that greyhounds don't HAVE to sit for TDI certification...

Rach and Pippi said...

Hey Jen, have just come accross your blog as a new GH owner. It is fantastic, thank you! My ex-racing girl is just delightful and very respnsive to the training method you are outlining that we have been working on. My question is will she ever do this because I ask her to rather than because she wants a treat? will I have to treat FOREVER??!

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

Rach and Pippi,

To get food out of your hand, you have to first give more food. So you give the hand signal and then reach into your pocket and give 3 treats. People make a huge mistake of not rewarding empty hand signals so the dog quickly learns to ignore those. Highly reward from your pocket for responses to hand signals that are not treat lures. Then you also need to teach a forced down... so you the greyhound has to learn to yield to collar pressure. This is what you use in the future if you are ignored. Also the more you practice, the quicker and more useful it becomes. Look at the Down 100 posts. I get into some of this in 103 and 104.

Rach and Pippi said...

Hey Jen, one more question- Pippi and I are progressing so well with the down, we are practising every day and the food is out of my hand and she is holding for good time and distance. Today she even held while I squeaked her toy! She is super bright and eager to please, I am lucky. How would we go from crouching down and using the hand signal/leash pressure to a verbal command? thanks so much for your help!!

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

Rach, gradually change from giving hand signal from crouching position to a standing position. But also just test it out. Stand up, bend over, and point to the ground. Hold the signal for a minute. If nothing, crouch back down. Try again. Jackpot if dog finally gets it.

Give verbal, give hand signal. Repeat and practice. Try verbal and wait a few seconds. If nothing give hand signal. Try again. Eventually he'll put together.

Anonymous said...

I've taught my greyhound to down with a lure and we have proofed his down. How do I get to him to associate his down with a verbal command "down"?