How To Practice The “Down” Command With Prong Collar and Leash
- The command is simply “Down”, not “Lay down” or any other variation.
- The dog must stay in the down position until released. You do not need to say “Stay”.
- Release your dog from the position by saying “Break”.
- Once your go is completely down, praise and reward.
- Give the command only one time, if your dog does not immediately respond apply pressure with the leash using either the foot, hand, or walking up the leash technique.
- All praise and rewards should be given while your dog is in the down position.
- Keep an eye on your dog’s elbows, they will typically be the first things to lift if your dog begins to stand up.
- If your dog stands up before given permission, say “No” and give a pop on the leash in a downward/sideward angle. After the pop, you may have to guide your dog back into the down.
- If when your dog gets up he starts walking away, step on the leash to prevent him from leaving, then give a pop on the leash and bring him back to the original spot and guide him back into a down.
- If you are using the “Down” Command to manage your dog’s behavior during an exciting event, have him stay until he is completely relaxed before releasing him. This will teach him that calmness is the key to freedom.