Goal: To have your dog happily lie down when you ask it to. We don’t teach our dogs how to lie down since they already know how. Our goal is to have verbal control over the ‘down’ behavior.
Resources: You will need to have some small yummy treats (about the size of your small fingernail) and a toy.
Hold a treat just under your dog’s nose. Slowly move your hand straight down to a spot between your dog’s front paws letting its nose follow your hand down. Where the nose goes the body should follow. As your dog’s stomach hits the ground, say ‘down’. When it is completely down say ‘yes’ and give it a treat. Repeat this process 10 times.
Repeat the above with no treat in your hand. Repeat 10 times
Next, say ‘down’ to your dog while using just your hand signal. When its stomach hits the ground say ‘yes’ and stroke it (no treat). As you practice, give your dog a treat every other time it goes ‘down’.
To increase the duration of the ‘down’ behavior, ask your dog to ‘down’ then count to 4 before you say ‘yes’ and give it a treat. Continue to increase the delay before giving it a treat. With practice you will soon be up to 30 to 60 seconds.
Tips: Practice the ‘down’ behavior in the evening when your dog is quiet. Put it into a ‘down’ next to your chair. Every few seconds give it a small treat or stroke it if it remains in the ‘down’ position.
Watch a short video on how to train a “Down”
Later this year The DogSmith will be rolling out a new dog training service, “Just For Fun’ Rally Obedience Group Training Classes. We hosted a one day Rally training camp for some of the DogSmiths led by Yolanda Purvis.
This is a short fun video of Bethany Jordan, The DogSmith Panhandle and Southern Alabama, teaching Bentley to heel, sit and down. Bentley is a rescue dog that Bethany is fostering. He is very smart and lots of fun to work with. He would make a great Agility dog as he is sooooo fast. If you are interested in adopting Bentley you can contact Bethany by emailing her at BJordan@DogSmith.com
Your local DogSmith offers several group training options starting from puppy classes and progressing to Pet Dog “Canine Good Citizen”™ classes. If you have graduated from a beginner level dog training class and wish to develop off-leash skills focusing on distance and duration behaviors then talk to us about our Off-Leash advanced obedience classes. Want to just have fun? Enroll you and your dog in a ‘Clicks 4 Trick’ class or sign-up for our ‘Just for Fun’ Dog Agility class. These classes are perfect for you both and ensure that your dog gets some much needed mental stimulation. We even have classes for Grumpy Dogs too.
Drop In Classes
Here at The DogSmith we recognize the importance of having a well behaved dog and making your pets part of the family. But we also understand how busy our clients are so we designed the DogSmith “Drop-In” Class just for you. (Courses denoted by (*) are eligible for “Drop-In” enrollment. “Drop-In” enrollment allows you to register and pay for a course while allowing you the flexibility to complete the 8 classes over a 5 month period by attending any of a number of scheduled “drop-in” sessions that fit into your schedule. You will be given a “drop-in” class card that describes the necessary skills required for the course you have enrolled in and provides a record of competency level achieved for each skill. Check with your local DogSmith to find classes eligible for “Drop-in”)
Few things bring more enjoyment to your dog than the reward of a treat. And it makes us feel good, too. The very act of giving a treat helps to solidify the bond that we share with our canine companions.Unfortunately, many of the canine snacks available on the market today are non-nutritive “junk foods”, that could be harmful to your dog’s health. It’s important to remember that even if you feed your dog a diet of healthy food, “junk food” treats could have a significant negative impact on his or her health. Thankfully, you don’t have to abandon this great way to reward your dog. There’s no reason treats can’t be nutritious and tasty.
At Life’s Abundance, we approach our baked treats differently than our competitors. When we formulate our baked cookies, we treat them as important vehicles for nutrition and pleasure. You have our guarantee – we do not create pet products simply on measures of taste or texture. This is a wholly unique approach in the pet product industry. These yummy products are uniquely formulated by our company veterinarian, Dr. Jane Bicks, to support good health through wholesome and nutritious ingredients. At Life’s Abundance, we’re driven by a desire to affect positive change in your dog’s health, and that’s reflected in every single joyous bite. Training Treats Baked Treats Pork Treats
Good behavior should be rewarded, but often training treats are empty-calorie treats with no nutritive value and include undesirable ingredients. At Life’s Abundance, we strongly believe that you should only feed treats that can help to support overall health.
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