30-day challenge: Teach your dog five new commands (day 10)

I started to teach my mutt the commands “crawl” and “go long” this week. Noticed I said started teaching him these things. While teaching my mutt, I have learned it is best to teach in very, very basic steps. By breaking the training into the simplest steps possible, my mutt begins to understand.

I am teaching Ace to crawl by starting with him in the down position. A good time to practice “crawl” is in the evenings when he is tired or lazy and would actually prefer to crawl when I call him. I sit on the floor a foot or so in front of him with a treat and move my hand on the ground from his nose to me and say “crawl.” I encourage him to crawl forward. If he lifts his back, I am close enough to push it back down. In the video Ace is crawling on the kitchen floor, but carpet is easier on his elbows and not so slippery.

The mutt does pretty well so far, considering he only has to crawl about a foot. I am not sure if he actually knows the crawl command.

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