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Capture a Behavior


Capture a Behavior: Teaching Your Dog "Down"

One method of training a dog is to use "capturing". For this technique, you wait for your dog to do the desired behavior and then instantly reward it. The key is to have great timing, be very consistent and repeat until your dog predictable starts doing the behavior. Then you can put it on cue.

Here Decker is trained to "down" as he figures out the behavior that is being reinforced. Ideally, this should be done in a non-distracting environment.

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Video instruction is by Mindy Cox,, B.S., CPDT-KSA, Training Director at Lucky Dog Sports Club in Jupiter, FL.


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