Among all the basic obedience training, know a dog to lie down on command is the most powerful weapon of the dog owners.
It is not only helps you to settle him in any location but also it is the first step to teach the roll over training.
But everybody doesn’t know the techniques. So I am going to tell them some tricky techniques which will help them a lot to train their dog to lie down.
Teaching a Dog to Stay or Lie Down
#1 Teach Your Dog by Rewarding with Tasty Treat
Your dog is already knows how to lie down. But now you have to teach him to lie down on command.
First you have to find a calm and quiet place where your dog’s mind doesn’t distract and you can train him peacefully.
Since his is the first time so you need to always fill up your pocket with tasty treats. And it’ll also be easier for you if the dog is on leash.
hen you will start the training session first lure your hand in front of him and ask him to sit down. Bait your hand in front of your dog’s nose and inspire him to touch it. And slowly bring your hand straight down by saying down.
If he follows your command and lie down on the floor then say in a louder voice that ‘yeah! Good boy’ and instantly reward him with a tasty treat.
Repeat this session several times until he understands what you actually want to say.
#2 Don’t Confuse! Try to Teach him Clearly
Remember one thing that doesn’t ever confuse your dog because you want to teach him the lie down command.
So first you need to choose what word actually you are going to use to give him the command.
Since you are teaching him the lie down command then it’ll be best to use down. But if you want to down him from anywhere then you can use off instead of down.
Otherwise you dog will be confused and will not understand clearly when he has to do what type of thing.
#3 Apply the Three D’s Method
You can make the training more challenging day by day so that without giving him a treat you can settle him in any place any time. For this you can try the three D’s method. This three D’s mean – duration, distance and distraction.
First thing for using duration you have to do to delay one second between when you are giving the command and when your dog is going to lie down on the floor.
Then for distance you have practice this by staying a few steps further from him. And finally for distraction, you have to continue the training session in a place where your dog’s mind will definitely distract.
Though these distractions you have train him in such a way that he will follow you in any situation. But when you are adding these challenges you have work slowly.
#4 Advantages of Lie Down Command
In fact, the lie down command can be a safety tool for you and our dog. Because by using this you can settle him any place in any time.
For instance, if you stay in one side of the road and you dog is in the other side then if he wants to come to you running and just come a car you can tell him to lie down there and he will until you can get him. It’s really so amazing and also very cute.
But I recommend that you should teach him the sit command before you start teaching him the lie down command.
But you should keep in mind one thing that teaching him the lie down command doesn’t mean to force him. Your behavior with him will always be polite and gentle.
You will even don’t tell him ‘bad dog’ or don’t yell at him. This creates distrust in his mind about you. He will not follow your any command.
Though it’s really a very useful training you need to be patient and positive to him about training him. Nothing changes overnight. So it needs time because obviously this is a lengthy process. You cannot train him all the commands in a day.
Then it’ll be difficult for him to remember. So take time and teach him slowly and calmly. Don’t frustrate at all because all these are very effective methods and also proven.
So you are sure to become succeed. You just need to follow the above techniques accurately and you’ll be able to train your dog easily.