Teaching Your Dog to Lie Down on Command

Teaching Your Dog to Lie Down on Command

Teaching your dog to lie down on command gives you a way to signal your dog that it is time to settle down and relax. Your dog while need to start in a sitting position so be sure he knows this command first. Hold a food treat in front of your dog’s nose. Lower the treat forward and down so your dog has to lower down and stretch forward to keep following the treat. Say your dog’s name followed by the DOWN command. As soon as he approximates a lying down position, give him the treat and lots of praise. Practice this often and as your dog becomes more consistent, delay giving him the treat so he is truly lying down. Gradually reduce and then eliminate the treat so your dog will lie down on your command and praise alone. Contact your Riverside County, CA vet to learn more.

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