revamp Posted January 31, 2012 Share Posted January 31, 2012 Hi everyone! My first greyhound, Rocky, has been with us just shy of 2 weeks now. I didn't want to rush into trying to teach him things right away, since I know he needs to acclimate and get to know and trust me. But now, we're at 2 weeks and I think it's time to at least have a start at learning a common language, other than me talking to him and him continuing to do whatever and occasionally looking at me and blinking. The good: He's housebroken, he walks well on a lead, currently has no bad habits that require correction. The bad. I've never seen him sit (I know, not at all uncommon), and he only will lie down on a dog bed. A couple trips in the car (backseat of a civic w/ a seat hammock) resulted in him swaying and sliding, scrambling, and flopping around because he refused to lie down. I have owned plenty of dogs and have taken three different dogs through formal obedience training in the past. My current dog does the whole cutesy repertoire of sit, down, wait, treat on nose, give left paw, give right paw, "touch" (had him flipping a light switch at one time), roll over, "speak", etc. But here is *my* problem. Of any dog I have EVER trained, the foundation was always "sit". And rocky doesn't sit. In the past it was easy to either lure my dog to a sit, then reward...or mark the behavior then reward, or even force a sit and reward. From there I could lure down on the ground to encourage the dog into a "down" and so on a so forth. So...Rocky doesn't sit. He only lies down on his bed. I don't want to force him to do anything unless it's for his safety, so how do I change my way of thinking to work with him? I don't care if he sits or never sits, but I want to be able to put him in a down, and to teach "wait" and work on recalls and releases Quote ~Amanda Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
Join the conversation
You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.