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Break behaviors down into small components.  This is especially true if you are shaping a behavior, which is actually a very powerful way to train.  If you are training a “down,” for instance, and the dog is not readily offering you one, you may click the individual movements that make up the “down.” So at first you’d maybe click and treat the dog’s head moving downwards first.  Then after the dog readily offers you the lowered head, the next thing he’d most likely do is extend a paw.  Click and treat that.  Before long you will be clicking and treating both elbows on the ground.

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