Teach Downstay

1 Command STAY and stand very tall at your dog's side, with your toes in line with her toes. If she jumps right up, plant your left foot on her leash so that she feels tension when she tries to stand. If necessary, use the pressure point located between her shoulder blades to reposition her.

2 Make movements and sounds while standing at her side, and then pivot in front of her and repeat the sequence listed in the SIT-STAY section.

Once your dog has mastered the commands in this chapter, use them throughout the day to communicate with her. Practice a ten- to fifteen-minute lesson in which you fit each direction into an unpredictable routine. Introduce other distractions to make it lively, challenging, and interesting for both of you.

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