Teaching your dog to lie down on command is useful in getting him to calm down and relax and puts him at a lower level. This command starts from a sitting position so ensure your dog knows the SIT command first. While your dog is sitting, hold a food treat in front of his nose to get his attention. Move the treat down and in front of your dog so he needs to lower himself down and stretch out to continue following it. Say your dog’s name followed by the DOWN command. As soon as your dog approximately a lying down position, give him the treat and lots of praise. Practice this often and start delaying the treat so your dog is actually lying down when he receives it. Gradually reduce and then eliminate the treat so your dog lies down by your command and praise alone. Contact your Colorado Springs, CO vet to learn more. Visit this website for additional information.