How To Train Your Dog To Lay Down

Posted: March 27, 2015 in Dog Behavior, Training Videos
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Train your dog to down stay

 

 

 

 

 

In this video post you will learn how to train your dog to lie down.

 

This is a very good command for your dog to learn as it will help you tremendously when faced with dogs behind fences, squirrels that are tempting your dog to chase them and a whole host of unexpected encounters that will require you to have control over your dogs behavior. Remember to leave comments, and let me know how you will use this training to enhance the relationship with your dog.

Here are the written instructions on how to train your dog to lay down.
Step 1

Get your treats ready and call your dog to come, then have him sit.

Step 2

Hold the treat on your dogs nose and slowly lower it straight down to the floor. Your dog will follow it down. Be careful not to move your hand too far out in front of your dogs nose or it will cause him to break and stand up to move forward..just go straight down from nose to floor. The second your dogs belly and elbows touch the floor, then give him the reward. Make sure his belly and elbows touch the floor, this is important.

Repeat this exercise until you are sure your dog knows what you want and then add the command down.

Step 3

You will repeat the exercise once you add the down command and reward every time. You will say, “ Rover, Down“ and follow step 2. Once your dog knows what you are asking, then you can begin to phase out the food rewards.

Step 4

The process of phasing out the treats goes like this. You begin to stagger the rewards, one time you will give a reward and the next two times it is just praise, a “ good boy“ will do just fine. Then you will treat every other time, and then no treat for three times but a chest rub somewhere in there.

You get the idea, just make it unpredictable, so your dog will know that if he is to eventually get the treat he must lay down.

After you watch the video leave me a comment and tell me how using the down command can improve your dog training program.

talk soon,

Harley

 

 

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