Teaching your dog this cue is easier than you may think
Before you start teaching him, get your treats ready. While your dog is in front of you, hold the treat in the following manner: hold your hand open, with your palm facing downwards. Use your thumb to hold the treat underneath your hand. As the treat is now at the bottom of your outstretched hand, the dog is encouraged to lower himself in order to get to the treat.
We can train the dog to go down from both the sitting and standing position, with only a small difference in the two methods. Go about it as follows:
Down from sit position
Down from standing position
Remember to factor the number of treats into your dog’s daily food allowance. You can use some of his food, or small treats. Small, thoroughly cooked chicken pieces also work if your dog likes, and can eat, chicken. Visit Family Pet Centre in Centurion or Fourways for a variety of treats, or shop online at www.familypetcentre.co.za. [Maybe a link to the treats section will work well]
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