Laying Down on the Job
Hmm… there could be a few different reasons!
- Is Bella really tired? If she’s been working a while, she may just be throwing her paws up with a ‘enough for today!’ If so, work her for less time and see if that fixes it.
- Does Bella consistently lay down on certain obstacles? if so, what muscles do they work, or are they intense obstacles (such as a steep A-frame or high jump bar)? she could have a physical ache or pain keeping her from wanting to do an obstacle. Consider asking your vet to check her for tenderness, or do it yourself.
- Are you 100% sure Bella knows how to do the obstacle? Try reintroducing it as a new obstacle and see what happens.
- Is there something that could be scaring her about the obstacle? Did it bang? Did she hurt herself once? If so, recondition her carefully to accept the obstacle – maybe even rename it.
Is it rewarding?
- Are you being rewarding enough? I don’t like to work for free, really. Volunteering makes me feel happy – that’s pay enough for me, but not for a dog. Dogs like their rewards to be tangible. Play, food, toys… try upping your reward schedule, and see if that helps.
- If you’re rewarding enough, try changing your rewards. If you usually use food, try a toy.
Does anyone else have any ideas?