Criteria is belly on the ground
Guide from eye level slowly down, close to chest to the ground then slowly creep the reinforcer forward.
When to move on? 85% success
After 85% accuracy, pair with hand signal and verbal command
Hand signal is more important than verbal
Transition to guiding with the signal hand and treating with the other hand
Ask for “down” using verbal and visual cue together
Wait 15 seconds and reinforce when criteria is met
If dog is confused or needs “help” you can add minimal guide back in
Start testing pup on only verbal and/or only visual.
Dog pops up from ground immediately as you are giving reinforcer
As soon as dog pops up you withdraw reinforcer and reset behavior
Reinforcer is only given with belly on the floor
Dog bolts or jukes away from you
Use leash to limit chase game