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Old 09-21-2005, 03:58 PM
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Ok, I have taught Hannah how to sit, lay down, roll over, and stay. I work with her everyday for atleast a half an hour but it just seems like lately she forgets. She's almost 8 months old and we have been working on these commands for five months on a daily basis. Also she won't stay until I release her. I'll always put her in a down stay and she'll sit and after like ten seconds will just leave on her own accord. Am I expecting too much from her? All I want is for her to remain laying for 30 seconds without having to remind her. How can I refresh her memory on her commands and help her learn to stay in one position longer?
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Old 09-21-2005, 04:21 PM
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Ok, I have taught Hannah how to sit, lay down, roll over, and stay. I work with her everyday for atleast a half an hour but it just seems like lately she forgets. She's almost 8 months old and we have been working on these commands for five months on a daily basis. Also she won't stay until I release her. I'll always put her in a down stay and she'll sit and after like ten seconds will just leave on her own accord. Am I expecting too much from her? All I want is for her to remain laying for 30 seconds without having to remind her. How can I refresh her memory on her commands and help her learn to stay in one position longer?

Maybe she is just in her brain fall out stage. Yukon did that at about 5 months and is back to normal now. He will down stay for 10 mins and then he starts crawling on his belly. He is almost 7 months old!
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Old 09-21-2005, 04:23 PM
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Maybe she is just in her brain fall out stage. Yukon did that at about 5 months and is back to normal now. He will down stay for 10 mins and then he starts crawling on his belly. He is almost 7 months old!
could be. I thought she has already come and gone from this stage but oh well, I guess I should just be lucky she remembers anything at all.
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Old 09-21-2005, 04:29 PM
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I don't think memory is the problem. At her age, it sounds like she's going through the adolescent sillies. When you tell her to do something, do you make sure she does it? I found that "teenage" puppies very quickly learn that you can be ignored. Don't give her a command unless you can make sure she does it the first time you ask. Don't make exceptions like "Oh, she's just excited" or "Oh well, I guess it's not that important this time." I did that with my golden retreiver diva, and it almost completely undermined the previous work I did with her.

Nope, 30 seconds is not too long to expect. Start by keeping the stays short. When she starts to get fidgety, give the release signal. The point is to make her think that moving is your idea, not hers. Then gradually lenthen the time. Give lots of love and praise when she does well.

Life is much easier once she realizes that she has to listen to you every time. Once she figures that out, she'll follow your lead no matter what situation she's in.
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Old 09-22-2005, 03:44 PM
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she will most of the time do it the first time I tell her, but I never let her walk away from me without doing it. If she doesn't do it the first time I will get her attention and tell her agian. I won't let her walk away without doing what I ask.
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It's the age... don't expect the " stay" at this age and walk away.... Make it fun...make it short ... I never expected any pup at this age to last in any position more than a few seconds. Yes, there are exceptions...so you don't have to post.
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Your puppy might be getting bored. Try to add twists to your training and make things really fun for your puppy. Get different treats use tons of praise and it should work out fine.
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