Teaching the Down
By Sandra Fikes
As soon as your puppy has mastered the sit and stay, you are ready to start
down. If you haven't quite got the hang of it yet, please re-read those
and get the puppy steady on those first.
With the puppy in the "sit" position, next to you and on your left side,
the treat....about his eye level, use the command "Down" and then letting
follow the treat, lower your hand towards the floor and the puppy's
should follow the treat to the floor..... at least, that's the idea!
mistakes are: lowering the treat too fast and lowering, but holding
the treat too
far in front of the pup, causing him to get up and go towards it.
Sometimes you have to put your free hand on his rump ( if you have a
"popper-upper") or give a gentle pressure downward at the shoulder
to get them
started. If he's still not getting the idea, you can use your free
hand to "walk" his
front feet out until he gets the idea. As SOON as he is down, give
him the treat
and praise, praise, Praise! Remember to get in the habit of only saying
command "Down" once..... don't be a broken record.
After your pup is consistently going to the down position, you can practice
Down/Stay..... all you have to do is use the same formula as you used
* Hint - it's best to do this either inside when it's hot or cold outside,
both of you will be in a comfortable place. Nobody likes to sit or
lie on cold, wet
ground or out in the broiling sun. Prime yourself for success by using
that big, ole
human brain's common sense!
Next.... teaching the "COME"
These articles are written by Sandra Fikes