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The passive response is the act of the dog asking nicely for his toy. This is taught in situations where a search dog is scenting for explosives and must not touch the area of his find. As a dog trick this can be called “ask nicely” or “patience”
- This is really easy to teach, begin by holding your dog’s toy and waiting, he will try to work out how to get the toy and quickly sit in front of you.
- Reinforce and reward the act of him sitting and give him the toy. Add the command word.
- Repeat until perfect then, when your dog is searching and finds his toy; simply give the command word where he would normally just take it. Your dog with practice will soon sit immediately on finding his toy.
- This response can also be practiced when searching people. Your dog will soon learn to sit in front of the host of his toy if it’s reinforced and rewarded and then he is given the toy.
Top tip; it’s important to still allow him to take the toy sometimes as this will improve motivation.
Dog trainers love this trick because it teaches focus perfectly.