Go lie down doggy

The "Go Lie Down" is a useful command when you want Buddy to go to a specific spot and remain there for an extended period until you release him. Use the command whenever you don't want Buddy underfoot, such as at mealtimes or when you have visitors and don't want him making a pest of himself.

Select the spot where you want Buddy to hang out — his crate, bed, favorite chair, whatever.

1. Depending on your needs, you can also use a movable object — a dog bed, crate pad, or blanket, which allows you to change locations.

Assume you're going to use a dog bed.

2. Start by taking your dog to the bed and tell him "Go lie down."

You may have to coax him with a treat.

3. When he lies down on the bed, praise, give him the treat, count to five, and release him.

4. Repeat until he readily lies down on the bed.

5. Next, start three feet from the bed, give the command "Go lie down," and lure him onto the bed with a treat.

6. Praise him when he lies down, give him the treat, count to ten, and release him.

7. Repeat several times, gradually increasing the time between the praise and the giving of the treat, from a count of 10 to a count of 30.

Stop for now — you're getting bored and so is Buddy — and come back to it at another time.

For your next session, review the last progression two or three times and then send Buddy from three feet. Stand still, but motion him to go to his bed. He may surprise you and actually go to his bed and lie down. If he does, praise him enthusiastically and give him a treat. If he just stands there with a befuddled look on his face, put one finger through his collar, guide him to his bed and when he lies down, praise and give him a treat. You may have to repeat this process several times until he responds to the command.

When Buddy responds reliably from three feet, gradually and over the course of several sessions, increase the distance from the bed, as well as the length of time — up to 30 minutes — you want him to stay there. If he gets up without being released, just put him back (finger through the collar).

The "Go Lie Down" command, although practical, isn't the most exciting exercise. Use common sense, and don't make it drudgery.

You must release him from the spot when he can move again. If you forget, he'll get into the habit of releasing himself, thereby undermining the purpose of the exercise.

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