Praise if he does it count to five and then release straight forward

The release here is the beginning of teaching Buddy to move briskly forward from the Down position.

4. If he doesn't drop, slowly slide your left hand down the leash to the snap and check straight down.

5. Praise, count to five, and release.

Getting Buddy to Down while you're still walking

Sequence 3's goal is to get Buddy to go down at your side from motion, while both of you are in motion and while you continue walking. Note: Before you try Sequence 3, review Sequences 1 and 2 in the preceding two sections.

1. Say "Let's go" and start walking.

2. After walking several steps, say "Down" and continue walking to the end of the leash.

3. Turn to face Buddy, praise, count to five, and release backward.

When you release him, remember that you're teaching him to come briskly to you after you've dropped him. (See Chapter 14 for info about releasing backward.)

4. If Buddy doesn't drop, start again.

5. As you give the command, slowly slide your left hand down the leash to the snap and check straight down.

6. Go to the end of the leash, turn, praise, pause, and release.

When he responds reliably, go on to the next progression.

Getting Buddy to Down while he's running

Sequence 4's goal is to get Buddy to obey the "Down" command while he's moving fast — and while you continue moving.

Before you try Sequence 4, review Sequences 1 and 3. Then visualize how your dog comes to you on a recall. It's at that speed that he has to drop on command and without any unnecessary steps. Although you may not be able to run as quickly as he can, teach him to drop from a fast pace as you continue to the end of the leash.

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