Teaching “Down” in dog training is an important training skill to teach your dog. It is one of the six fundamental skills that you should teach your dog, in order to maintain them safe around other people and animals. Not only is this important for avoiding other undesirable behaviors like door dashing, it is also a good method to improve settled, calm behavior in your dog. This article will teach “How to teach your dog to lay down.”
The first step is to set up a simple, effective training routine. The routine needs to be short enough to reinforce the right behavior while allowing your dog enough time to become familiar with the new routine. Keep in mind that dogs learn best when they are allowed to repeat the behavior that they are reinforced for. Set a goal for your dog and, when they complete, reward them generously. Continue practicing the dog training treats until they are completely comfortable with the new routine.
The second step is to teach “down” using positive reinforcement. Positive reinforcement works best when it comes to training dogs because dogs respond better to positive then negative. To teach “down”, use the same “down” command that you would when you want them to sit. When they sit down praise them and give them the treat. Continue to use the command until they have completely sat down.
You can also use a toy or food to get your dog attention if you do not have positive training treats handy. Praise your dog verbally when they sit and then distract them with a treat until they are finished. Continue using this command until they have completely sat down. This will teach them the habit of lying down on their stomach.
If you are not consistent with your commands, your dog will not understand what you are trying to teach them. You need to be firm in your instructions in order to teach your dog. If your dog is constantly disobeyed then you need to make sure that you are consistent with the training sessions. You can also use training treats during the training sessions to make them more appealing to your dog’s sense of smell. Some dogs are very picky about the smell of training treats and therefore will refuse to eat them when they are given to them during a training session.
Try to introduce some fun into your dog’s life by taking them on walks. Take them out for a nice long walk around your neighborhood. Make sure you always walk by the same place every time so that your dog will begin to associate this routine with a pleasant experience. The walks will help to reinforce the sit command. Every time you are out there, try to put the leash on your dog for longer periods of time. The leash will act as a reward for performing the sit command every time.
Try using your hand or a piece of food as a lure during the walks. Your dog may ignore your hand but if you put your hand out in front of its nose you will get him to start paying attention to your hand. To teach him this, you will need to start using your hand out in public until he gets used to your “placing” his nose to the lure during the walks. Remember that he has no idea how much food you are giving him so he doesn’t know whether he is getting enough food by putting his nose to the lure.
After you have been getting him to lie down on his tummy for a while, you can try using the basic dog lure movement. The basic lure movement is to move your lure from side to side while you are in a wide range of motion. You do this repeatedly until your dog will start to look at the lure in front of his nose. The more you use this luring technique, the more your dog will start going for the lure whenever he goes for a walk.