1 Grab a doggie treat and put your dog in front of yourself. Make your dog interested in the treat by waving it in its face.
2 Put the dog into a sit position and hold the treat close to the dogs nose, then slowly move your hand towards the floor.
3 The dog's head will follow the treat onto the ground.
4 Pull the treat (still on the floor) towards the dogs chest and the dog should lie down in order to gain it. Do not pull it towards you as this will encourage the dog to get up and walk towards the treat. If the dog does get up repeat the process but when moving the treat towards the dog do it much slower.
5 Give your canine the treat, but only AFTER he gets into the lying down posture. If your lovable little pooch doesn't comply , don't give him the treat now. Instead, try again. Do reward small behaviours that lead to the desired task such as dog lays down half way but not completely in the initial stages if he does not comply straight away or it may lead to frustration.
6 Do keep the session short 5-10 minutes max but regular throughout the day.
7 Only when your dog is doing the task should you put in a verbal command to link with the action as saying the word down when the dog is not down will not teach the dog to make the association with the desired action and word. To go even further, you can slide the treat to the opposite side in which your canine friend is laying. Hopefully he will roll over.
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