Down

When you ask your dog to lie down, you want him to lie down on the ground yet be comfortable, and to remain in that position until you release him. Eventually your dog will be able to lie down and hold the position with distraction for up to half an hour at a time. This exercise is wonderful in situations where your dog should remain quiet and still, and when he needs to control himself.

Begin with your dog on leash, and then have him Sit. After you praise him for sitting, show him a treat. As you tell him, "Fido, down," move the treat from his nose to his paws. As his nose follows the treat, move the treat forward until he's lying down. Give him the treat and praise him. After a few seconds, release him.

Practice the Down five times and then take a break. Come back later and do five more. When he's doing the Down without too much fuss, have him lie down at your feet while you're relaxing in the evening. Give him something to chew on, but have him lie still while you relax. Or, when you're out on a walk and meet a neighbor, have your dog lie down while you're chatting.

Pit Bulls as Pets

Pit Bulls as Pets

Are You Under The Negative Influence Of Hyped Media Stereotypes When It Comes To Your Knowledge Of Pit Bulls? What is the image that immediately comes into your mind when you think of the words Pit Bull? I can almost guarantee that they would be somewhere close to fierce, ferouscious, vicious, killer, unstoppable, uncontrollable, or locking jawed man-eaters.

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