Training Your Dog to Lie Down on Command

Training your dog to lie down on command gives you a way to put him in a more submissive position and helps him to settle down. This command starts from a sitting position so be sure your dog will reliably sit on command. With your dog seated, hold a food treat in front of his nose to get his attention. Move the treat forward and down so your dog needs to lower his front legs and stretch forward to follow the treat.  Say your dog’s name followed by the DOWN command. As soon as your dog approximates a lying down position, give him the treat and lots of praise. Practice this often and delay giving him the treat so your dog is truly lying down. Gradually reduce and then eliminate the treats so your dog lies down by your command and praise alone. For more information, ask your veterinarian Greensboro, NC.

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