Join Date: May 2011
Location: Chino Valley, AZ
You need to be more firm with him. He knows you're not going to make him do it, so he doesn't do it.
From now on, he gets three chances to do as you ask, then you have a come-to-Jesus meeting. First you ask him to do something (for example, backing up) using your pre-established cue. If he doesn't do it, you tell him to do it by being more insistent with your cue. If he still doesn't do it, you make him do it by making him think the world is going to end in fire and death if he doesn't listen to you.
The key is timing. At the very first attempt to do as you ask on his part, back off the pressure and let him relax. If you just keep pecking at him (like asking him to do the same thing for thirty minutes straight and not rewarding the smallest attempt with a release of pressure), you're just reinforcing to him that he can ignore you.
Your mantra from now on is "Ask, tell, make."
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