Introduction to Down2 minute read
Of course your pup already knows the down position. She doesn't sleep standing up does she? The trick is teaching her that you know that she knows the down position.
It's not as confusing as it sounds.
Teaching down is slightly harder than teaching sit because it's slightly harder to capture a down, but after that it gets easier in a lot of ways since the down is often a more natural position than the sit.
How can you tell? Well, have you ever seen a dog start in a sit and then lazily let his legs slide forward until he's in a down? Where my wood floor people at? You know what I'm talking about! Also, if you ever have your dog in one place for a long time, he'll usually choose a down over standing or sitting. This is why for long stays, we recommend the down position.
But I'm getting ahead of my self. Long stays aren't even part of this course.
No, this course is for teaching a basic down, including a short down stay since we prefer our pups hold the down when we ask for it. We see no use in them going into a down and immediately jumping back up. We call that approach an implied stay and you'll learn about that in this course.
Speaking of learning, let's not stay on this intro any longer. Let's get started!
(For those of you who feel like I missed an opportunity to make a "let's get down to it" pun, just stoooopppp)
What Your Pup Will Learn
- How to get into the down position
- How to hold the down position
- A word that means "down"
- Actually, that same word will mean "down and stay"
- A word that means "you can stop holding the down"
What You Will Learn
- The difference between a cued down and a default down and when to use each
- The difference between an explicit verbal cue "stay" and an implied stay and why Harper prefers the implied stay
- Release cues and how to use them so your pup understands them