|For Shelters &
|Labels & Language|
|How Dogs Learn|
|The Name Game|
|Sit & Sit Stay|
|For Dog Owners|
When luring your dog into a down with the ‘L’ motion, make sure the treat is kept very close to your dog as you move it to the floor. He will follow it down with his head and then, as you draw it out slowly in front of him, he should stretch and lie down to follow the treat. If the treat is too far away from your dog as you lower it, or you move it across the floor too quickly, your dog may pop up to follow the food.
Only say the command “down” once. Wait until your dog gives you the behavior (be patient!) and then mark with “yes” and a treat.
Small dogs may take a little longer to learn the down, but keep trying and use high value treats to keep them interested. You can also try placing them on a table and practice “down” on an elevated surface.
Not having any luck? Try sitting on the floor with your feet flat on the ground, knees raised. Lure your dog under your legs with a treat. They’ll have to lie down under your raised knees to get the treat. Mark the behavior with a “yes” and “down”.
If your dog refuses to lie down, try capturing the desired behavior whenever your dog naturally lies down by marking the behavior with a “yes” and “down”.