The "Lay Down" Command to Your Dog
“down” or “lay down” command is also one of the
basic commands. It should be the second command it
learns. This command is one you can teach your dog once
he learns to sit on command.
not hard to train this command and once you have you can
teach the stay command.
the steps you will need to teach your dog to lay down on
Begin by putting the dog into a sit.
While holding a treat in your left hand, lower the treat
to ground level and at the same time give the dog the
“down” command firmly. Make sure that the treat in
your hand is guarded with your fingers so the dog can't
get to it until you want it to. The dog will try to get
the treat, and while doing so it will put it's head down
on the ground to try to get the treat. Hold on to the
treat until the dog completely lays down. Then reward
the dog with the treat and say "GOOD DOG".
Keep in mind that the dog may not catch on right away so
you will need to be patient. You can assist stubborn dog
by using gently force on the butt to get it's bottom to
When the dog lays down always be sure to give it lots of
praise. Show it that you are really happy by using your
voice and body language. When you want the to get up,
say OK or what ever you us for a release command.
Remember that at first the dog will get right back up.
That's OK because it give you the opportunity to begin
the behavior again.
the training five to ten times during each session. At
first, you may only get three or four time. Repetition
is important but you don’t want to do too much at one
time. You should try to get in three or four training
sessions throughout the day.
all training, keep your sessions short. Advanced
training should be kept under 10 minutes in
length. Always do something that the dog likes to do
when the session ends. Playing with the dog's favorite
toy or going for a walk will keep your dog interested in
training. Because there is a "fun time"
following the training, it will make the dog more
willing to train well.