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How to train a dog to lie down

Once your dog has mastered “sit” it’s time to teach them to lie down.


This is a useful behaviour when you want your dog to settle on the floor, either at home or out and about.
 

Julia and Bridie training - lie down
Teaching your dog to lie down in six easy steps:

  1. With your dog in a sitting position and a treat in your hand, move your hand from your dog’s nose towards their chest then straight down towards the floor.
     
  2. Your dog should follow the treat into a lying down position. Praise and reward them with the treat immediately.
     
  3. Practice this a number of times in short but regular sessions.
     
  4. When your dog is easily following the treat into a down position you can start to say the word “down” just as your dog is getting into the down position.
     
  5. Practice this a number of times in short but regular sessions.
     
  6. While your dog is lying down give him treats - this will increase the time he spends lying down.
    Julia and Bridie training - lie down
     

Extra tip:

Practice often and in different places - once your dog is happily lying down on command in your home, start to practice in more distracting environments like the garden or your local park.

 
 
 
 
 
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