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84 - Teach creeping or crawling

84 - Teach creeping or crawling

This is not just a game to make your dog look cute. It can also be a very practical skill to teach. If your dog has bolted under your parked car or found himself stuck in a thicket, for example, he may be unwilling to come out if his back comes into contact with the car or bush when he tries to stand.

1. Ask your dog for the down position and place your hand flat on the floor with a treat underneath it. When he investigates your hand with his nose, click and treat.

2. Draw your hand forward a little and as he stretches his nose towards your hand he should start to crawl forward, click and treat. Repeat a few times.

3. Encourage him to target your hand, flat on the floor without a treat underneath. Click and treat. Gradually increase the distance that he crawls forward when he is following your hand. Then begin to attach a verbal cue such as 'creep' or 'crawl'.

When your dog is in the down position, encourage him to crawl forward by drawing your hand forward a little.

HELP HIM OUT

Don't forget you can use TTouches if your dog finds it hard to crawl - he may lack connection to his hindquarters or carry tension through his back.

From 100 Ways to Train the Perfect Dog, Copyright by Sarah Fisher, licensed through ContentOro, Inc and used by arrangement with D & C

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