In this post, we’re going to show you how to teach a dog to lay down.
Teaching your dog how to lay down might require a little patience, some dogs pick it up in seconds, while some can take quite a while!
But stick with it!
It’s worth remembering that some larger breeds like Mastiffs or older dogs might not like to lie down as getting up can be quite strenuous. That being said, it’s still a useful command to teach.
OK, OK we admit it,
The training methods we write about here at Pet Checkers aren’t our own.
They are the positive re-enforcement methods of world-renowned dog trainer, Victoria Stilwell.
Watch the Video Below to See How to Teach a Dog to Lay Down
Teaching Your Puppy to Lie Down, Step-by-Step
You can teach a dog to lay down from either standing or sitting but most dogs find it easier from the sitting position so that’s where we’ll start.
Here’s how to do it;
What NOT to Do
Training takes time, understanding and above all, patience. Unfortunately, this is a trait that many people don’t have. You need to take your time.
See our dog training tip and techniques for more advice.
So with that said;
Frequently Asked Questions
Training a dog to lay down (in theory) should be a simple process but sometimes it doesn’t go as smoothly as we like. If you and your pooch are struggling, take a look at these commonly asked questions and answers;
“My Dog Wont Lay Down, What Am I Doing Wrong?”
There are a few things that might be contributing to your dogs’ lack of cooperation. Here are a few things to consider;
“My Dog Lies Down But Then Stands Right Back Up Again. What Should I Do?”
Only reward your dog when she lies down fully.
If she stands up as you issue the treat, remove it behind your back and say ‘uh-oh’ calmly – this is called a ‘no reward marker’. Give it a few seconds and try again. Every time she stands up, remove the treat and give the ‘uh-oh’ cue. As soon as she lies down properly, reward her.
Keep practicing until she gets it.
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