Teaching the trick "Bang, play dead"

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Old 01-11-2017, 02:57 PM
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Teaching the trick "Bang, play dead"

I would love to teach this to Jasper using shaping. I taught him High Five yesterday in about 3 minutes and want this to be his next one He knows "down" but I can't get him to roll over for some reason. What does he need to know to be able to learn play dead? @Aspen726? I saw you posted a video of Aspen doing this trick- so cute
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I would love to teach this to Jasper using shaping. I taught him High Five yesterday in about 3 minutes and want this to be his next one He knows "down" but I can't get him to roll over for some reason. What does he need to know to be able to learn play dead? @Aspen726? I saw you posted a video of Aspen doing this trick- so cute
This was one of the first tricks I taught her but it was before we started shaping. I lured this. I'll see if I can find the video that I used.
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I can't find it... basically, I put her in a down and, with a treat in my hand, I moved my hand over her shoulder and gave the treat when she was in the position I liked. If no one posts a video before I get home, I'll make one tonight.
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Thanks! It's so cute to watch Jasper learning and my kids couldn't believe how quickly I taught him the High Five!
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My kids had a school concert last night so I didn't have a chance to do the video definitely tonight! Sorry!
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I'm not a great viedographer but I think you can get the point haha

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Rolling over can be scary for the dog. It probably feels vulnerable in that position. Use soft but solid surface so the dog is in no danger of slipping and doesn't feel uncomfortable. I preferred grass or a rug.

I lured the trick so cannot help with the shaping part. I also reward the dog for tiny steps towards the goal. Ie. at first for bending the head and following the treat. Then shifting her weight in one end of the body. Shifting her weight even more. Rolling onto her side. If I want a full roll, I continue by rewarding the dog for lifting the paw. But the dog is lured all the time, I use reward marker for the moment I let the dog really eat the treat. They usually treat my hand even if it's empty as if it was a treat or target.

Here is our late Tervueren playing "shot and collapsed"

https://youtu.be/yAMkIsZem0o

Netta already knew bow and roll so I started asking a bow and then lured her into a roll. It took quite a lot conditioning but eventually she started combining the two moves into one.

Some dogs then just don't get it. Alva for example. She has joint issues so I haven't really even tried it.
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