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To teach a relaxed down, ask your dog to “down”, then pass the treat from their nose to their hip in a semi-circle. When he shifts his weight onto the hip, say “relax” and give the treat. Now you have a relaxed down.
If your dog gets up as you try to extend the length of the down stay or relaxed down stay, return to the last length of time your dog was successfully able to stay in the down and then build up slowly from that point.
Once you add distance and movement into the down stay, your dog may get up to follow you. In that case, walk him back where he was originally lying down, then try again, making it slightly easier this time. Always set your dog up for success, so he’ll enjoy your training sessions!
Print and use our Stay Checklist to work on this command with your dogs.