Teach your Puppy to LAY DOWN – Great Trick Series

Teach your Puppy to LAY DOWN
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So, you just got a new puppy and taught them how to SIT. What? You haven’t taught them how to sit?  No worries, here’s how to teach your puppy to sit.

Well, now that your pup knows how to sit, to teach your dog to lay down is the next logical trick.

Just like the sit command, the lay down command is a really easy trick and can be taught in a few minutes in some cases, but no more than a week if you put in the effort.

You just can’t beat the shared experience between you and you dog that comes from learning tricks together.  This relationship will last a lifetime – get to know one another in a fun and happy way.

At Athenas Pets, we offer a Whistle and Clicker Training Set that comes with an eBook that contains several tricks, including LAY DOWN.  We’re offering this eBook as a no cost download below. We also have the Dog Treat Pouch to hold your Kibbles and other training/fun items.

Dog Whistle and Clicker Set

Whistle Clicker Set

Only $9.99

  • Dog Whistle
  • Dog Clicker
  • Complete Training eBook
Dog Treat Pouch

Dog Treat Pouch

$15.95

  • Great for Dog Training and Walks
  • Poop Bag Dispenser
  • Zipper Pocket for Phone/Wallet
  • Mesh Pouch for other Items

BUT you can teach your puppy to LAY DOWN without the Whistle and Clicker or Treat Pouch – just read on…

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FIRST STEPS - Teach your Puppy to LAY DOWN:

You need to start with a positive attitude.  Your new puppy needs to know you care and are trying to make this a pleasurable experience.  They sense these things – don’t fake it!!

Just know thousands, maybe millions, of people have taught their puppies to sit.  You can do this!!  Grab some treats and…

LET’S GET STARTED:

Before you teach your puppy to lay down, make sure that your puppy knows the “SIT” command before starting this trick.  We have this info on how-to do sit command if interested.

FIRST, GET YOUR PUPPY IN THE SEATED POSITION:

The first thing you want to do is get your puppy in a seated position by using the “SIT” command.

DO NOT PRAISE or REWARD your dog when they sit. You want them to know there is more to be done before they can get your PRAISE or REWARD.

WHAT IS PRAISE & REWARD?

Praising Puppy

PRAISE means petting your pup or saying, Good Boy, Good Girl, Nice Pup, etc.

REWARD means giving your pup a treat (think of this as a super bonus for your pup).

ONTO THE “DOWN” COMMAND:

Once your dog is sitting, grab a treat and hold it in front of their nose. Now move that treat down towards the ground in a straight line.

Your dog’s head/body should follow. Next, move the treat back towards you in a straight line along the ground.

Overall, you should be creating an L-motion with the treat; first down then towards you. This should lure your dog into a laying down position.

If it’s successful, click the dog clicker as soon as your dog’s stomach touches the ground and say the command, “DOWN”.

Now PRAISE and REWARD your dog. Keep repeating this until your dog has the hang of it.

SHOULD I SAY, “LAY DOWN” OR JUST “DOWN”?

Saying “LAY DOWN” could confuse your pup in the long run. We recommend you stick with “DOWN”.

It is a simple, one syllable, command that will keep things easy for you and your puppy.

TEACH YOUR PUPPY TO LAY DOWN – WHAT’S NEXT?

Teach your Puppy to LAY DOWN

Now you want to slowly take the treat out of the equation. Use your closed fist instead of the treat in front of your dog’s nose. You still want to make an L-motion with your fist.

If they complete the trick like they did before, follow the same steps. [If you’re using a dog clicker, say the command, “DOWN”, and PRAISE and REWARD your dog].

Do this until your dog is comfortable with it. If you want to take it one step further, you can get your dog to sit, and say the command, “DOWN”.

You need to make sure your dog is already extremely comfortable laying down with the motion of your hand as explained before.

If your dog lays down with just the command, PRAISE and REWARD them, and click the dog clicker if you’re using one. This is great!

WHAT IF MY PUPPY DOESN’T GET IT?

Confused Puppy

If they don’t understand, you may want to go back to trying the L-motion with your hand again until your pup has the trick engrained in their brain.

Sometimes dogs are hesitant to lay all the way down. In this case, there are a few things that you can do to encourage the behavior.

Rather than click, PRAISE and REWARD when your dog gets all the way down, you can do these things as soon as they make an effort in the right direction. Gradually increase your standards for what “an effort in the right direction is”.

For example, if at first you were clicking, PRAISING and REWARDING for a slight nod or bow, now make them extend their legs further or make them get their stomach even closer to the ground before giving them what they want.

Although we include these tips in the case your dog is having some trouble, it is important to note that most dogs will pick up on the teaching dog to lay down behavior right away.

With a little practice, you will teach your puppy to lay down on command in no time!

TEACH YOUR PUPPY TO LAY DOWN with WHISTLE & CLICKER OR TREAT POUCH NOW:

Dog Whistle and Clicker Set

Whistle Clicker Set

Only $9.99

  • Dog Whistle
  • Dog Clicker
  • Complete Training eBook
Dog Treat Pouch

Dog Treat Pouch

$15.95

  • Great for Dog Training and Walks
  • Poop Bag Dispenser
  • Zipper Pocket for Phone/Wallet
  • Mesh Pouch for other Items

Best of luck to you and your dog.  At Athenas Pets, we’re always thinking of ways to make the human and pet experience better.

We offer a number of dog and puppy training information and products in this regard. You may be interested in some of our other dog barking information as well as potty training a puppy.

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  • 74 Dog Tricks Decoded, Dog and Puppy Training

    74 Dog Tricks Decoded eBook

    $9.99
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Steve Larrivee

Steve Larrivee

As a dog lover since his youth, Steve Co-Founded Athenas Pets with his son Kevin to promote dog training to the masses. Athenas Pets, focuses on training products and providing the "know-how" so the average dog owner can train their dog like a pro.

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