Standing DOWN

For the final phase, remember your goal: to be able to calmly direct your dog DOWN regardless of the environment or its distractions. To do so, you must be able to stand upright; if you always bend and point, your dog will need you to do so 100 percent of the time. If you've mastered the straight back DOWN, you're ready for the final phase—DOWN from a standing position.

1 Put your dog on her leash and take her to a quiet room.

2 Slide the leash under your foot discreetly, stand tall, and say/signal DOWN.

3 As you say it, you may bend at the knees, but not at the back. If your dog needs a hint, slide the leash up to remind her. (Do not use the leash to choke your dog into position. Apply only slight pressure.)

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