he will not load

Discussion in 'Sporting Dog Training' started by hunt_chessys, Apr 5, 2005.

  1. hunt_chessys

    hunt_chessys New Member

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    <P>my 2 yr old chessie will not load into the back of the truck or in the cab he is a decent gun dog no other problems I even big air jump him in contests does anyone know a secret I could try he is about 100 lbs and Im tired of lifting his big butt in the truck let me know.<IMG src="http://www.websitetoolbox.com/images/boards/smilies/confused.gif" align=absMiddle border=0></P>
     
  2. Orion

    Orion New Member

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    Have you started small and increased the height incrementally? If not, go back and start over. If he knows the crate/kennel command, start with that, with his crate on the ground. Does he know the spot/place command? If so, use that command with a stable platform that you can slowly raise.

    Some other things to consider; Is your truck particularly high? Is he overweight? Is he physically able to make the jump? Do you ever hunt him off a platform?

    If all else fails, consider getting a ramp. I used one with Jack when he was younger. If you go this route, as with anything else, start small. Lay the ramp on the ground and let him get accustomed to it. Encourage him onto the ramp with hot dog slices if necessary. Then raise one end a few inches and repeat. Do this slowly and methodically.

    Whatever you use for training, be it platform, ramp, etc., make sure it is stable. Nothing turns a dog off quicker when learning to jump up onto an elevated surface than a shaky setup. Other than that, go slow, and use hot dog slices as a reward. Good luck.

    -Kevin
     

  3. hunt_chessys

    hunt_chessys New Member

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    <P>he is solid,hunts off a platform and I dock jump him.he can load if he wants to very easy its when I want him to is the problem </P>
     
  4. Trainer

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    <P>If you want to use load, that is fine.&nbsp; If he will be jumping onto a tailgate, make sure you put a piece of rubber back carpeting on the slick serface.&nbsp; You can do this by using GE Silicone Seal.&nbsp; When you want to change it or take it off for any reason, it will peal off easily.&nbsp; If he does jump onto the tailgate without the carpet, sliding will hurt his confidence to do it again.&nbsp; If he is going to be in a crate or box, put it on the ground and teach him to load.&nbsp; Sit him in front of the box, throw a bumper into it and give him the command to retrieve.&nbsp; Once he does this without hesitation, put it in the truck and repeat the same scenario.&nbsp; If he refuses, take him by the collar or loose skin on his neck and quickly lead him to the tailgate, lifting at the same time.&nbsp; If he loves to retrieve, you should not have a problem getting him to jump up on the truck to get the bumper.&nbsp; After he is loading properly and consistantly, give the command without a retrieve and reward him by calling him out of the box/crate, and throwing a mark for him to retrieve away from the truck.&nbsp; Let me know what happens and we will find out what is needed to get the big guy to do this.&nbsp; It may be something other than conficence!&nbsp; We will see.&nbsp;&nbsp; Jim</P>