Is there such a thing? My dogs are over enthusiastic and although pretty consistent do jump/hop instead of using all fours sometimes. At first, months ago, I was using premo treats and thought that was the cause but I have switched to portions of their daily kibble ration and they still won't stay on the ground properly at times and still bounce..
Any suggestions? I don't want to deter them from really getting into it because they are completing what I ask of them and that's a good thing. Our training periods used to be after a good run but due to the snow melt that's impossible for them as they disappear, get bogged down and we haven't been able to do our usual burn off energy. Might this be the problem? Getting frustrated, not at them but my disability of figuring out how to fix this and what's causing it. We are moving to an indoor class environment in a few weeks but I need help, the sooner the better.
Practice "doggy zen" (or Susan Garret's "It's yer Choice" game) with them. You can start just sitting on the couch while you are watching TV, so it's EASY to do. Put some high value treats in your hand, and show them to the dog. The dog will, of course, move forward to take the food. Don's say ANYTHING, just close your fist around the food so they can't get it. Expect that in the beginning they will nose, lick and paw at your hand. Just sit still and don't do ANYTHING. When they back off, open your hand. When they move forward close your hand.
Sooner or later, they will offer a sit or a down. At that point, take ONE piece of food with your OTHER hand and hand it to them. When they are reliably moving away to sit or down the minute you start the game, up the ante and put the food on the floor in front of you. If they move forward, cover the food with your hand or foot. It they maintain a nice position, feed them a piece.
When they really understand this game, you can start doing it in a "working" position. Ask them to "set up" (or what ever your command to sit at heel is). Go to hand them a treat, but if their feet come off the floor, close your hand and take it away. Since they already understand the rules of the earlier game, it won't take long at all for them to catch on to "feet on the floor, I get a treat, break position and I don't"! Then take it one step further. Show them the treat while they hold position, move it back and forth in front of them. They can follow it with their head, but they must not move their feet or break position. If they maintain position they get the treat, if not, try again.
If you are consistent with the rules, they learn this VERY quickly. (Kodi was doing the "It's yer choice" game at 16 weeks) Then it's just a matter of YOU being consistent in real life... not just when training, and doing occasional "brush up" games. They really like the game because it's easy to understand and they are in complete control once they learn the rules.