Training Your Dog to Lie Down on Command

Training your dog to lie down on command give you a way to keep your dog under control and signals that it is time to calm down. Start by getting down to your dog’s level and holding a food treat in front of his nose to get his attention. Lower the treat down and in front of your dog’s feet so he needs to lowers himself to continue following it. Say your dog’s name and the DOWN command. As soon as your dog approximates lying down, give him the treat and lots of praise. As you practice, delay giving your dog the treat so he is more precise and actually lies down. Gradually reduce and then eliminate the treats so your dog lies down on your command and praise alone. Never punish or yell at your dog while he is learning. Learn more from your experienced animal hospital Marin County CA.


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