The dog gets off the chair
- When you are still at the level of giving your dog the treat above the chair, continue to slowly keep giving treats a little closer and closer to your dog. This will encourage them to start sliding their feet backward on the cushion little by little. Continue to Click/Treat as long as their paws are still on the cushion.
- When your dog is far enough back that they could dip their head without sliding off the cushion, then put a treat in both hands. Set aside the Clicker for now. Your plan is to treat your dog once right above the cushion and then immediately stick your hand up from the bottom to treat them in their SAME position, but this time the treat just comes up from the bottom instead of straight at them from the top. Continue this step a few times until their consistently able to take treats from your hand coming up to them, while keeping their paws on the chair.
- Once they’re comfortable with this step, you can slowly start bringing your hand lower and lower with the treat, to encourage their head to start to dip down further. If their paws slide off, say “Oops!”. Lure them back up to start over, and make it a little more simple for them to win so they won’t get frustrated.
My dog is too small and can’t climb on the chair
- Depending on the size of your dog, you can use any level surface as long as you can fit your arm underneath it! You can try a low step stool, footrest, breakfast tray, kids chair, anything like that.
- If the surface you choose has a slippery top (like a tray might, or a bare chair) then you can place a strip of non-slip tape, duct tape, or another similar item across the top to help them have a better grip on the surface.