Pupdate - Asher
Asher is like a jumping bean on caffeine, so teaching her Wait and Stay was challenging. When I teach a dog to wait patiently while I put their food down I just bend over and, if the dog gets up, I stand up. After a few repetitions the dog usually understands that its behavior of getting up makes me get up, but if it sits the food goes on the floor. But Asher is so food motivated, even just for kibble, that he couldn't wait. So I had to use a technique called Successive Approximations - essentially clicking and treating for smaller, successful steps that lead to the final outcome. This technique is especially helpful for teaching complex behaviors or tricks. Give it a try!
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Jeff Dentler, CPDT-KA, IAABC-ADT, FFCP, CTDI