The general steps for training a new dog behaviour are:
- Get the behaviour to occur by capturing, shaping, or luring.
- Mark the behaviour with a clicker.
- Reward the behaviour with something high value for the dog, such as treats, their favourite toy, or going outside.
- Repeat until the dog does it easily at least 80% of the time.
- Add a verbal cue just before the dog does the action. This associates the
action they’re about to perform with the cue.
- Adding the verbal cue before they are performing the action will associate “sit there and look at me” with the cue, rather than the action you want.
- Use the verbal cue to get the requested action.
- Clicker “charging”. Reinforce that the sound of a click means “treats”
- Name “charging”. Reinforce that the dog’s name means to look at the person calling the dog’s name and await instructions.
- Lie down
- Puppy Push-Ups. Alternate between sitting and lying down.