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How to Teach a Dog to Lie Down – 5 Alternate Methods for All Dogs

Not every dog "gets" Down right away. Teach a dog to lie down today with 5 alternate methods. **** Download the FREE Simpawtico Basic Gear Buyer’s Guide here:

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In this video Ian Stone from Simpawtico Dog Training shows you how to teach “Down” to your dog. We look at the challenges some dogs face and give you five different methods to approach this behavior.

52 thoughts on “How to Teach a Dog to Lie Down – 5 Alternate Methods for All Dogs”

  1. Tested and worked! My beagle had learned to lay down. Your content is so useful! Thank you very much. Kind regards from the netherlands.

  2. I’ve had a wonderful maltese for 2 years, but I’ve never been able to get her to go down. I thought this was because of me, but I was so heartened to hear that some dogs are ‘generally confused’ by this whole thing. I’m totally going to try these techniques with her. Thanks for the info!

  3. Love that you included multiple methods with this…also I think positive training works on humans too because your optimism genuinely lifted my frustration and compelled me to soldier on with training this command to my stubborn dog 🙂

  4. Great, creative strategies!! Unlike other trainers, you offer alternatives so the trainer doesn’t get discouraged and think he has a dumb or stubborn dog. Thanks!

  5. I finally got my Yorkie to lay down by using the first method. I was ready to go through all 5 if I had to but she caught on with the first one. I have tried many times to get her to the down position but she always just looked at me with this confused and frustrated look. Even in obedience school with the help of a professional trainer, she just would not do it. This time I set with her on the floor with her favorite toy & a big supply of patience and eventually she just laid down so I rewarded her with her toy and lots of praise. After that it was just repetition. Now when I tell her to lay down, she lays right down. I’m so happy. Thank you.

    1. @Simpawtico Dog Training I have a 4 lb Chiuhaua. Who’s sassy and a princess lol. She’s 1 yr and 8 months old. I’m going to try these methods . When I try she looks soo confused. Lol
      Do you think it’s too late to teach down? She knows sit and stay for now but we started just this week so she’s learning quickly

    2. @Simpawtico Dog Training hi please help I have a 3 month old poddle she sits come goes in crate and she great in car also leaves it however she needs to bark like she’s telling me off do you know why

  6. Good video. I like the variety of strategies instead of the “one size fits all” training approaches others have. I’ve been trying the lure strategy for what seems like forever with my Golden. He still just sits and stares at me when I say down. I’ll give another one of these a go, thanks!

  7. Wow, thank you so much for this video!! I’ve been trying to teach my little one with #1, but I’m definitely going to use #4 and #5 because they seem more effective for stubborn dogs, like my hound!

  8. Ive been trying to teach my dog Down, but he just looked at me baffled. Then I watched your video and saw the method luring under the leg, I used a small side table and he got it within a few attempts, he can do it without the table now and I’m going to try him in different situations. Many Thanks Ian xx

  9. This is great for alternative methods. Had tried 1, 2 and 5 with my italian greyhound who just couldn’t figure it out. 4 worked for us well!

  10. The tip about the floor surface was excellent. Tried to teach my Amer Bulldog down in the kitchen and he just wouldn’t do it. I tired it on the upstairs carpet that he likes to lay on and it worked…every time Amazing. Thank you.

  11. My dog is a poodle, so very smart, but he had NO IDEA what we were trying to lure him to do with the standard lure method, so I wasn’t sure how to proceed. Found this video & within 15 mins, I’m getting a consistent down anywhere in the house. Just having some ideas on how to break through the initial confusion about what I’m asking was all we needed. Thanks!

  12. I was trying to teach her from the sit position then down, on hardwood. So I changed to carpet and went instead from standing to straight down. She picked it up so fast! Thanks!

  13. 1. Lure-reward training
    2. Building from a bow
    3. Shaping from the neck
    4. All-or-none reward (Bathroom down)
    5. Shaping by bridging

  14. De reactieve honden trainer

    Thanks for the thorough instructions! Tommy is a stubborn bud that doesn’t get lured into a down or a sit. So I guess I’ll just read a book and play the waiting game! 🙂

    1. @Wolfie Corn158 as a trainee veterinarian nurse it’s not the end of the world if the puppo jumps but it’s definitely not ideal and it can cause many issues later on in life

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