Down from a sit
- With this approach, your dog may confuse the sit and down exercises at first; however, with patience and practice they will understand what you are asking them to do.
- This exercise starts with your dog in a sitting position.
- Hold a treat between your thumb and middle finger with your palm facing upwards at the nose level of the dog.
- Slowly move the treat down between their paws. Move the treat away from your dog in the shape of an “L” (straight down and then towards you).
- As you move the treat forward, the dog should drop their elbows to the ground and their rear should follow.
- When your dog is consistently going down, add in the “DOWN” cue.
- Patience is the key in teaching the down exercise.
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