Teach your dog to CRAWL!
CRAWL is easier to teach with two people. It is easier to have a second
person gently keep the dog from standing up while the other calls the dog.
But it can be achieved with only one person too.
Tell Rover to lay down. Get down on your knees and gently grab hold onto Rovers
collar with one hand and put the other on Rovers back. Now tell Rover to CRAWL
and gently pull forward on Rovers collar. The response you will probably get
is that Rover
will try to stand up. That's when you use your other hand that you have on
his back. Push him down gently before he stands up all the way. Now try it
again while giving a little pressure from the hand on his back. If he crawls
a couple inches, praise him (make sure he doesn't get up while you do) and
give him a treat. Now try it again.
is really stubborn and wont budge an inch, then get that second person to
help you. The second person (Lets call her Su) will stand a little distance
(Start with only a couple feet away) away from you and Rover. Get back down
on your knees next to Rover with one hand on his back and one on his collar.
Tell Su to call him. Rover will of course try to get up and run to Su. Push
him down gently and make Rover CRAWL!
have done this a couple times with Rover, and Rover is making no effort of
standing up while he is crawling, you can start not putting your hand on his
back. If Rover stands up go back to the last step. If Rover remains down,
lots of praise! Now you can move on with you standing while giving the command.
Then move away and tell Rover to CRAWL. If Rover does, your work is done!!!!
you can lure Rover into CRAWLING by holding a treat infront of Rovers nose,
dragging it along the ground. Keep a hand on Rovers back/collar.