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How on earth do you stack a puppy?

I am hoping to show my youngest pup and really need to get on stacking and grooming him so he (and I) can get used to it. The issue I have with stacking is he just becomes a floppy dead wait every time I try. Butt drops right to the floor every time. I try luring him with a treat forward and he thinks he needs to sit to get the treat. At a local health clinic a woman who shows english golden's tried helping me stack him and we were having a hell of a time. I haven't tried on a platform/table..only on a floor..maybe that will help. Does anyone know of any good training videos or instructions? I desperately want to get some pictures of him stacked so I can send them to my breeder and his sire's owner to get some opinions on him (and my stacking job). I've been trying to have my boyfriend help me - this looks like its definitely going to be a 2 person job. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
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Some attempts....if you can call them that. included some extras for comedic effect .







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We have cool FitPaws puppy stackers. When they stand up on something( people used to use coffee cans) , they don't want to step off when they can't see. We just clicker train the pup to see standing on the pods as rewardable, so they will resist being tempted off. Then we teach them to catch popcorn on the pods, lean forward over their bodies etc. It gets in muscle memory.

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First thing is getting them to know the command stand. If they sit down, then use a treat and move it out, so they will stand. Once standing give them the treat. Then you can work on stays. Here is a picture of one of my 5 week old puppies. They are wiggle butts!! But, they are being enticed my food. Make sure it is good and yummy treats too!!
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First thing is getting them to know the command stand. If they sit down, then use a treat and move it out, so they will stand. Once standing give them the treat. Then you can work on stays. Here is a picture of one of my 5 week old puppies. They are wiggle butts!! But, they are being enticed my food. Make sure it is good and yummy treats too!!
OMG I love that WIGGLE BUTT!!
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Thank you for all of the advice! I'm going to start adding stand to our training sessions tonight. We just started stay in obedience class this past weekend so this should work out really well . Once he starts getting the hang of this I think those puppy pods look like they'll be great for practice. Thanks again and thanks for the picture of the little wigglebutt!
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One more thing to add about the "Stand " command. Sometimes if they have in thier heads that good things only come to puppies who sit, you can start sitting, and move the treat out at either the natural head carraige or a little lower while the human faces forward. Have the pup sit at your left side, then pull the treat forward where he carries his head. If you get the treat above the head, the butt will plunk down, lol.

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I know some people who don't teach their conformation dogs to sit. I find that ridiculous and think dogs can know 2 commands, sit and stand. However, if you focus more on one they will think its the "right" command, so you need to reward them equally.

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This is a great thread for me too. I am currently trying to get Keisel on the table almost every day so he gets use to it. I also use string cheese as bait for him. At first he use to bit my hand and it hurt so then I taught him gentle. Now he will only lick the cheese and nibble occasionally so it lasts longer. I think the more you practice the easier it will get for the both of you.

Now, Keisel sits for everything and that concerns me with what I read here. I just taught him to sit for his meals and to greet people (that way he doesn't jump). I never thought of teaching him how to 'stand'. I guess I'll start on that and reward both sit and stand equally. Maybe even have him stand for his meals at times as well.


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