DOWN is NOT a natural action for dogs. It is a submissive action and requires thought on their part. In all our training, we want to encourage our dogs to THINK for themselves. We want them to CHOOSE the behavior and then we reward. DOWN is also a different command than OFF. Use DOWN when teaching your dog to lay down. Use OFF when asking your dog to get off the furniture or not jump on you. Your dog should already know SIT, EYE Contact, and NAME. As you read each of our training articles, you will see they all build on each other. And the same basic principles ALWAYS apply: Prep for training session, start with quiet environment with no distractions, and slowly introduce distractions, timing and consistency is KEY to success, and HAVE FUN with your dog.
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