How to Teach a Dog to Lie Down

How to Teach

Teaching your dog to lie down is a basic obedience command that can be useful in many situations.

Get Your Dog's Attention

Before you start training, make sure your dog is paying attention to you. You can do this by calling their name or using a hand signal.

Use a Lure

A lure is a good way to get your dog to lie down. Use a treat or toy to lure your dog's nose down to the ground.

Mark and Reward

As soon as your dog's elbows touch the ground, mark the behavior with a verbal cue, such as "down" or "lie down."

Be Patient and Consistent

It takes time and patience to teach your dog a new command. Be consistent with your training and don't give up.

Practice in Different Locations

Once your dog is reliably lying down in one location, start practicing in different locations. This will help your dog generalize the command.

Add a Hand Signal

Once your dog is reliably lying down to the verbal cue, you can start adding a hand signal. Hold your hand in a downward motion and say the verbal cue.

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