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Kabota was like that. He'd just freeze. I think he was trained very harshly by his former owners, so he saw training as scary. At almost 7 months with us, he now bugs me to train him!

I just kept training sessions very short, lots of treats and I begin and end on something I know he can do. I also switched from verbal commands to hand gestures (we're adding the verbals back in.) I think he associated "sit" with getting punished for not sitting, so when I said "sit", he would just freeze and wait for the inevitable.

A month isn't that long, really. He should start coming out of his shell soon.
 
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