Think of the whole movement cycle of the behavior you want the dog to do.
Even if what you'll end up seeing is a still behavior there is movement to
get into that position and a certain position he'll be in when you consider
it a completed behavior. He has to get into that position, and the behavior
includes not just the head down, but the whole motion of getting into the
head down position, and holding it for however long you determine is
The behavior starts in the instant *before* the dog begins to perform the
behavior, when his body is in the right position to move into the behavior
you're cuing. First, obviously, you have to decide what constitutes the
whole movement cycle.
What I would do is back up in your training and shape up tiny increments of
the movement cycle. First a wee tiny dip of the head. Click WHILE he's
moving since he's not in position yet. Gradually work up to clicking
farther along in the movement cycle until you can withhold your click for X
duration of holding his head down and still.
Of course you won't click head bobbing, but if the bobbing happens after the
click you're just going to have to deal with it. One thing you could do is
train on a tail-end of the behavior, such as returning to a head up
position. That way you can circumvent the bobbing.
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From: CLICK-L@googlegroups.com [mailto:CLICK-L@googlegroups.com] On Behalf
Sent: Saturday, September 02, 2006 8:42 PM
Subject: [CLICK-L] How do you teach duration on a target
I am trying to teach Moses to do head down. If I wait for head down and then
click, he does a nodding dog. If I wait for him to keep his head down longer
then he nodds his head even more.
Here is a video to show you what I mean. It is quite funny.
If lure I cannot fade it. He goes into a frenzy if I use food in my hand.
So I want to teach him to put his nose on my fingers and leave them there or
to target another object and get the longer duration, how do I do it?