Downing without Food in Your Hand

Downing your dog without food in your hand is another transition from lure to reward. By making this transition, your dog won't be dependent on seeing the food first before obeying.

Warm him up by asking him to down a few times with food in your hand. Remember, you are not asking him to stay at this point. When he is downing well with the food, try one without. Have a treat in the nonsignal hand behind your back. Simply make the exact same hand movement you made when you had food. You can give a verbal command at the same time. As soon as his elbows touch the ground, bring out the treat from behind your back and give it to him.

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Dog Owners Handbook

Dog Owners Handbook

There are over a hundred registered breeds of dogs. Recognizing the type of the dog is basically associated with its breed. A purebred animal belongs to a documented and acknowledged group of unmixed lineage. Before a breed of dog is recognized, it must be proven that mating two adult dogs of the sametype would have passed on their exact characteristics, both appearance and behavior, to their offspring.

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