Completing the "Down" course means you have the basics down, but you're work is far from over.

There are a couple places you can go from here:

Growing Your Down

Practice down with distractions

For starters, you could work on a basic down in the face of distractions. A good place to begin is making a list of distractions for your dog, and actively seeking them out so you can practice your downs. Does your pup go crazy for squirrels? If you ask for a down when a squirrel is around, does he give you one? Like with most things, start with the easiest distractions and work your way up.

Practice down in other environments

This goes along with the above idea, but you need to practice asking for a down in other environments. Doing it inside is one thing, but how about in your backyard? What if you're at the park? How about at the coffee shop?## Related Harper courses

Related Harper courses


The same course you just did, except for the "stand" behavior


Want to go beyond "short down-stays"? Maybe you want to try some, I don't know, "long" down-stays? Check out this course.


Maybe you're ready to tackle the full stay course. The big difference between the Stay course and the Down Stay course is that Stay covers holding a stay in the most common positions—sit, down, and stand.


This course will cover those three common positions—sit, down, and stand. The good news with this course is you're already at least a third of the way done with it!