Straight Back

Once your dog is cooperating enthusiastically, you're ready to teach her a more formal response to the direction. Your goal is to be able to point and say DOWN without lowering yourself into the position.

1 Sit in a chair with your back straight, or kneel on the floor, remaining upright.

2 Instruct DOWN by pointing with your right hand. (If you are using treats/toys, keep them on the counter or in a snack pack.)

3 If your dog hesitates, put steady pressure between her shoulders and guide her into position. Pause, praise, release her with an OKAY, and reward her. Vary the duration of the pause before you release her so that she learns to concentrate on your direction rather than preempt you.

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