So, I've been training a 5-year old Yorkie for a client for about 5 weeks now. She is sweet, but is not the sharpest tool in the shed, lol, and it's taken her a while to finally hit her "lightbulb moment." Prissy is a therapy dog, and her owner came to me to teach her a few tricks and basic obedience. She's mastered the tricks her owner wanted just fine, she has an excellent stay and recall, she's doing great on leash, everything is going great... But geez this little dog will not lay down for anything. I've never had so much trouble with such a ridiculously simple trick. I've tried capturing and luring, neither have worked. I work with her in the middle of the day, which doesn't help, but I've recommended that her owner try this trick towards the end of the day right before they usually go to bed. No luck, though. I've been trying to work on it and the end of our session when she's tired and more likely to lay down, and I always reward her for laying down but she still rarely ever does it. When I attempt to lure her, she'll follow it until she has to move her front legs to lay down, and then she's done. We've actually done some work to get to this point; at first she would just barely move her head to get to the treat, so I started rewarding for more movement little by little until now she's a lot closer to laying down but still won't. I only rewarded this position a few times as I didn't want to reward it too much, but we've hit a brick wall and she won't lower herself any more than that. Funny how some of the most complicated tricks are no trouble at all and then you find a little dog that makes you have to figure out a new way to teach the easy stuff! LOL!