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My wife and I adopted a year old American foxhound/Lab mix about 1 1/2 years ago, and he has come so far. He was an abusive home escapee and was taken in by a woman with a few dogs, and there just wasn't enough room for him so we adopted him after she had him for a few weeks.
When we first got him he was so skiddish that any loud noise left him shaking and cowering on the floor. He couldn't walk on a leash because as soon as there was any tug on the leash, even from him stepping on the leash, he would yelp and lie down and shake.
He has come so far, he plays, wrestles eats well, which was a problem for a while. The behavior issue we are having is that he doesn't respond well to the training we have tried to accomplish. He sits well, but only because he becomes so focused on the treat that he doesn't know what else to do. Food is the only thing he responds to but it's like an overload to him, and he only focuses on the food.
Any advice that could get us going down the right path for him would be such a help!!
 

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Can you give us an example of "not responding well to the training"? What are you trying to teach and what method(s) are you using (verbal, hand signal, luring, etc.)?
 

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Well we are working on basic obediance, lay, stay and such. He responded great to hand signals for sit and come (only inside) with reward but now if we stand up for any reason he immediatly comes and sits expecting food. If we try lay he moves towards my hand looking for a treat. We didn't even use many treats for sit and come.
 

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That's normal behavior and training wise, you're in 7th heaven to have him that responsive/willing to do what you want.
When you stand up and he sits there looking for a treat put him to work. Have him do some heeling while you're walking to the kitchen. Start adding different things like a Down as you're walking or Sit/Stays. Take advantage of his intense desire to work. Once he learns that if he 'begs' for food and has to work for it, he won't do it as often but, in the meantime, you've got a golden opportunity for some great training.
For the creeping forward on the lay/down use your hand like a stop sign or move closer (toe-to-toe) to block the forward movement.
 

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Training has several parts to it. The first is teaching the basic command. The 2nd is testing for understanding of that command ie; sit means sit anywhere/anytime...on the stairs, while walking, when coming to a halt, while you're standing on your head. The 3rd part is distance....obeying from 6' feet away to across the room. The last part is distraction work and ignoring them.....introducing small distractions...a favorite toy, a food bowl, in a group of people, in the presence of another dog. All of that is done in the house before you throw the world with all it's sights and sounds at him.
 
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