Teaching a dog "Down" with distractions.
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My daughter has been given an assignment of teaching Tasha "down" anytime and anywhere.  Tasha knows the command but how do you train it with distractions?  As in, throw the ball and she is racing after the ball and we yell "down" and she drops.  Has anyone ever done this?

I know it is done in herding so it can be done?!
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Build distractions like you build duraction or distance - incrementally.

Can she down...
- When you are only holding the ball?
- When you swing the ball by your side?
- When you are tossing the ball from side to side?

Can she down....
- 1 foot away?
- 3 feet away?
- Facing away from you?

Can she down...
- 1 foot away while you play with the ball?
- 3 feet away while you play with the ball?

Can she down...
- 1 foot away while you drop the ball on the ground?

Also, I've seen proofing done via hand signal. Can she down...
- With a tiny signal?
- With a blurred signal?
- 3 feet away with a tiny signal?

All of this is incremental, but the goal is to not let her go into prey drive while playing with the ball or dealing with any other distractions.

Someone else can explain it better I'm sure, and I'm sure there's plenty I don't know. We are taking Fundamentals to Training in Fenzi next session lol. This is simply parroted information.
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So teaching and knowing down with no distractions in a familiar place is kindergarten, Knowing a down in a highly distracted place and in a high state of arousal is university. Dropping while chasing a ball is university level especially for a ball motivated dog.
You don't go from kindergarten to university, you have a lot of "schooling" in between.

Personally, I like the schooling bit, it is a journey, which for me is bonding, fun, educational, expanding the partnership. Savour the journey, it often is better than the destination. Steps within the journey can be greater than the actual end result. There is nothing more rewarding than a break through.
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(05-05-2017, 07:56 AM)Ember Wrote: Build distractions like you build duraction or distance - incrementally.

Can she down...
- When you are only holding the ball?
- When you swing the ball by your side?
- When you are tossing the ball from side to side?

Can she down....
- 1 foot away?
- 3 feet away?
- Facing away from you?

Can she down...
- 1 foot away while you play with the ball?
- 3 feet away while you play with the ball?

Can she down...
- 1 foot away while you drop the ball on the ground?

Also, I've seen proofing done via hand signal. Can she down...
- With a tiny signal?
- With a blurred signal?
- 3 feet away with a tiny signal?

All of this is incremental, but the goal is to not let her go into prey drive while playing with the ball or dealing with any other distractions.

Someone else can explain it better I'm sure, and I'm sure there's plenty I don't know. We are taking Fundamentals to Training in Fenzi next session lol. This is simply parroted information.

Thank you!  This is very helpful.  I knew it would take lots of little steps to train I just couldn't figure out those steps.

Quirkydog, I agree with you.  I love it when I have been working and working to teach my dogs something and all of a sudden they figure it out (although sometimes I am the one to figure out that I'm not communicating well with my dog).
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