Welcome back to another installment of training tips. How much more can we learn you might ask? Sitting and paw giving may be all you need, you might think, but why stop there! As I alluded to in the techniques blog you can teach a dog many tricks. Ok so now I have your curiosity on what else you can teach a dog, today’s trick is getting your dog to lie down. I know that’s a big step, but don’t worry you and your dog are ready for it.
Step 1: Exercise Your Dog
Ok all of you who have read the previous blogs will know by now that the first step is to exercise your dog so let’s go ahead and assume you all have taken your dog for a walk and they are calmly waiting for your commands.
Step 2: Treats in Hand
Another thing known to my blog readers is treats so get that treat in your hand ready to go for this trick.
Step 3: Dog Should be Sitting or Standing
Now you can either start from standing or sitting, which ever you prefer.
Step 4: Give Command “Down” and Use Hand Gesture
When your dog is in the starting position of your choosing give the command “DOWN” and at the same point at the ground and your dog should lie down, if they do give them the treat and praise them. However we are working with animals and they are unpredictable so if they don’t lie down get them back into the starting position and say “DOWN” again but this time bring your treat hand to the ground so that your dog follows the treat and they should lie down this time.
Step 5: Repeat
Keep doing this for as long as it takes to get the results you want from your dog because like all training it takes time and patience. For the more adventurous of you, you might try getting your dog to roll over.
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