Teach Your Dog to Lie down

The most important thing to remember when you teach your dog to lie down is to make sure you are not forcing your dog into position. Putting your hands on him or her could cause them to become aggressive.  Also, it encourages distrust and it may lead to resistance in future training.

The easiest way to teach your dog to lie down on cue is to food-lure the dog from a sit position

  1. Ask your dog to sit, in front of you. Then hold out a treat tightly between your fingers and let them sniff and lick it.
  2. Lower the treat slowly to the floor so that your dog’s nose is pointing down between their paws. Let them lick at the treat. If your dog stands up, ask them to sit and try again.
  3. As soon as their elbows touch the floor, praise your dog and give them the treat.
  4. Add a command like “lie down” to the exercise when they get it right. With enough practice, you’ll eventually be able to get your dog to lie down when they hear the command.

Alternative Techniques

If your dog is not going into the down position through the traditional lure, you may need to become a little creative to get your puppy to lie down.

You can lure the dog under your knee to get him into the down position. Sit on the floor with your knee bent to make a low bridge and move the very desirable food under your leg so the dog has to crawl under your leg to get the treat. Once his elbows and rear end touch the ground, praise heavily and offer the reward.

Also, you can capture the dog’s behavior when he is lying down in a natural setting. If you see that your dog is lying down, praise him and offer treats to show him that it is a desirable position.

Jolly Pets toys make great training tools!  The Jolly Tuff Range would be a helpful toy range when using alternative techniques to teach your dog to lie down. The Jolly Pets Tuff Range are chew toys that feature a treat stuffing option and are top rack dishwasher safe! Perfect motivation for training your pup to lie down and easy clean up for you!

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