If you want your dog to be well-behaved, teaching him to lie down is a must. Training your dog to lie down can help control his moment of rush and him in general, and it also strengthens the bond between the two of you.
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Introduce the dog to the idea of lying down
1.Bring delicious food with you prepared for training
Find out what types of foods your dog loves and keep them with you when training. Hold the food in front of the dog until it smells it, but without eating it. At this point, push away this reward a little after it smells it so that it knows that it is required to do something to get it from you.
Suppose you have already used a clicker or clicker to train it earlier. In that case, you can use the Click Now instead of training with positive reinforcement through rewards, especially if your dog is overweight or not hungry at the time of practice because he has already eaten.
2. Have the dog sit
It is easiest to train your dog to lie down after he already knows the command to “sit.” While in the seated position, bring the treat closer to his nose.
Suppose he is excited and adjusts to getting up quickly due to the reward. Back off and have him return to a seated position before continuing.
After you know he’s in a seated position, get down on your knees or cross-legged to get close to his level.
3. Say the sign, “Get off.”
You must use the word every time to train your dog to lie down without any rewards finally and as soon as you hear this
4. Lean the dog into a lying position
While squatting to approach him, lower the bounty directly to the ground between his front legs, he should follow her onto the floor with his nose.
When his nose reaches the ground, pull the reward towards you while it is still low near the bottom until it gets you.
If the dog jumps while being tempted by food, quickly take the treat away, immediately ask him to sit again, and then start all over again.
5. Gently place your hand on his shoulder
This should prevent him from getting up and walking towards the reward. When you drag the tip close to the ground, it should slide toward it while it is on the floor.
The whole movement to attract him with the reward, from the time you attach it near your nose to the end, is an “L” that you draw with your hand in the air.
6. Try this move if he is hesitant
Sit him with him on your left or right side, spread your legs flat on the ground, and lift them off the knee so that it looks like a tent.
Slowly move the food to the ground and then down your legs while he smells it as you move it from top to bottom, and from here, move it under your legs until he has to bend under your legs to reach it.
- Remember; don’t allow him to eat before he’s lying down. If you get him to eat before the requested movement is complete, he will feel overwhelmed about precisely what you ask him for.
7. “Hold it” while lying by himself
If your dog is particularly resistant to grabbing, you can reward him for “catching” him while lying down on his own. Stand with your dog in the same room, wait for him to lie down, and reward him for his behavior.
The moment his body hits the ground, say “come down,” use the chip you are training him with, and then quickly attach the reward in front of him nearby. He’ll have to stand up to get the bonus, so wait for him to lie down again.
Repeat the sequence until he appears to be associating the word “download” with what you want him to do.
8. Praise the dog and let him eat the food as soon as he lies down
say yes!” Or “Good dog!” Then give him the reward (or click the chip). The moment his elbows, back body part, and stomach touch the ground, then reward him with praise and good food – but not before!
9. Give a command to release him from this situation
You can say, “Okay!” Or “Get up!” Then clap your hands or take some steps back to get him to stand
After standing again, repeat these steps immediately 5-15 additional times after he understands them for the first time, depending on his ability to pay attention and focus in one session. Frequent repetition at first will help him remember what to do.
Strengthening the command to lie down
1. Practice the above steps twice daily
Try to keep each training session short and simple, about 10 minutes at a time. After your dog understands more quickly each time, your dog will eventually be ready to move to execute the movement without being rewarded gradually. Some dogs are ready to move after just a day or two of this training, and others need more practice.
2. Start with a blank hand but give the reward later
Teaches your dog to know what to expect of them to do without needing to see a reward. Practice saying “come down” as you pull it toward the ground using the same “L” movement, but without holding the treat in your hand.
Keep the rewards nearby and give him one as soon as he lies down and is sticking like this, and be sure to praise him at the same time. If he refuses to lie down without seeing a reward, you can try this “fake” trick: lure him into a lying down position with a bonus as in the first section at speed four times in a row.
The last time, do so quickly without a reward. Your dog may lie down thinking you have a tip, praise him by saying (“Yes!” Or “Good dog!”) As soon as he does, open your hand to show him that there is no reward, then give him three surprise rewards.
Start the exercise again without rewards and with only a hand signal.
Practice the empty hand method for 10 minutes several times every day for a few days.*
3. Start reducing hand signal usage.
After two days of practicing with your hand free of rewards, you’ll be ready to start using your hand signal.
Instead of directing it until it ultimately reaches the ground, you will say “Go down” and guide it with your hand until it approaches the ground.
Stop your hand when approaching the ground 3 to 5 cm, then move it away. Once he lies down, praise him and give him a treat.
4. Continue to reduce the use of the hand signal
Signal less and less every two or several days. Eventually, you will have to bend less, and finally, all you have to do is say “come down” and point to the floor while standing. Keep offering rewards and praising each time he lays down in response.
5. He moved his training to a place abroad
Train the dog in the new skill in different locations to work anywhere you require it. Start by using other rooms in your home, then go out with him near your house when the place is not empty of any people, and gradually increase the degree of distraction in the environment.
Try to train the dog while you go out with him for a walk in a place with a little distraction, and then gradually work with him into environments where there is more distraction.
6. Start reducing the rewards you use
After your dog can lie down in different locations and under other conditions, start by reducing his rewards, but always keep praising him in any case! You can begin this reduction by giving him rewards only for the faster times he lay down and praising him when he lies slowly and hesitantly.
7. Give the “rewards of life.”
Begin asking the dog to lie down before practicing various recreational activities, such as before dressing him up for a picnic, before giving him dinner, before throwing his favorite toy to him, before allowing him to meet new people, or before loosening the collar to let him play while outside.
Dogs love to have worked there to do, so when he discovers that lying down makes him reap all kinds of rewards, he is more likely to do so as soon as you ask him to
Learn some basic dog training
1. Keep training sessions short and cute
Like babies, dogs have short attention spans. There is no set rule, but each training session should last about 15 minutes or less. During that session, you can work on one skill or switch between a few different skills.
Spend those 15 minutes practicing new skills, but keep the old skills in his memory by repeating them over and over at appropriate times throughout the day.
2. Use positive reinforcement consistently
When you like a behavior, your dog does, reward it. If he doesn’t like you, don’t reward him. For example: If you sometimes pat your dog when he jumps, but other times you yell at him, he will almost certainly feel confused about your attitude towards this behavior.
Don’t put words like “sit” and “lie down” in complex sentences. When training, define the term you will use for the movement you want, and use it clearly and consistently each time.
Negative reinforcement does not work! If you suddenly hit or tighten your dog’s leash when he does something you don’t like, he may learn from this that you are scary without associating the behavior with the punishment you hurt him. It’s easier to focus on what you want your dog to do (if he starts doing something he doesn’t like, tell him to sit down) than on what you don’t want him to do.
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3. Work on any new skill piecemeal, one part at a time
Many skills consist of complex parts. For example, suppose you teach your dog to sit and stand still at the same time as one movement. In that case, you will need to work first to make him stay in place until you allow him to move. Then train him to remain in place while you are walking, Wandering away from him until you allow him to move, then standing still as you move away from him during a distracting environment until you allow him to move.
Start with the central part of the skill, then increase the level of difficulty with each move.
4. Train him everywhere and with everyone
Dogs – unlike us, humans – do not automatically take new information with them everywhere. They learn very privately and do not always apply their knowledge in different places and situations. So, if you only train your dog for a new skill in the kitchen, he will be a great dog trained in the kitchen – nothing more.
While you may want to start teaching him a new skill in a quiet room in your home, move to different locations as soon as he starts to understand it. Train your dog in other places, in the yard, and to varying stops while walking and in friends’ homes.
5. End the session positively.
Stopping any training session before either of you becomes frustrated, tired, or bored, and also remember to let your dog play and behave like a dog at his own pace.
This means that you must be patient to train a dog and accept that your dog has specific traits and behaviors (chewing, dental use, and rough play) that are just part of being a dog. You can deter some actions by not rewarding them, but this takes time and patience.
Suppose you are trying to prevent some of your dog’s unwanted behaviors (such as grinding in the trash). Think about what you can do to avoid the action (such as placing the basket in a place the dog cannot reach) rather than waiting for its unrealistic expectations.