Training Your Pup to Obey the "Down" Command
You love your new fur-baby, but he really needs to learn the “down” command to keep himself out of trouble. While this command is one of the tougher commands for your pooch to learn, you’ll find it very useful! Training your canine to comply with the “down” command means he’ll be nicer to have around the dinner table and he’ll be more welcome in public places like restaurants. Likewise, this a great command if you need to keep him in one spot for a bit. Why? Your pup will be more likely to stay in this position because, unlike the “sit” command, he’ll use more energy getting up from it.
Teaching Your Pooch the “Down” Command
Solving Potential Problems
Your pooch stands and walks towards you. – It could be that you’re unintentionally pulling your hand forward. While holding the treat directly in front of his nose, you must lower the treat straight down to the floor.
He won’t completely lie down. – When you bring the treat to the floor in between his paws, try moving it just slightly toward your pup’s nose. This motion should make him drop lower.
Your furry pal refuses to lie down. – It’s possible that he doesn’t understand what you want him to do. If you think this is the case, consider putting him on a sturdy table or chair so you can lower the treat below your dog’s nose, thus, forcing him to lie down; after a few times your message should be clear as to what he needs to do. However, there are dogs—hairless or bony particularly—that don’t care for the hard, cold floor. Who can blame them? If this is your pup, you can resolve this problem by putting a folded bath towel or blanket under him. This will make the floor a comfier spot and he should then follow the command without any issues.
The “down” command can be very handy especially in a case of an emergency when you don’t want your fur-baby running off. Remember to never use negative reinforcement to train him. Always be patient, loving and positive—and don’t forget to give those treats when he performs the command successfully. Learning a new command should be fun for both of you.
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