Training the Best Dog Ever: A 5-Week Program Using the Power of Positive Reinforcement
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In Five Weeks Teach Your Dog to:
- Succeed at Potty Training
- Bond with the Family
- Enjoy the Crate
- Stop Pulling on His Leash
- Be Relaxed About Food
- Accept Bathing and Grooming
- Respond to Essential Verbal Cues and Hand Signals
- Be Friendly with Strangers
Down: Luring Your Dog into a Down Position.
Part of Week Two: Training in Everyday Life
If you ever need to control your dog in an urgent safety situation, such as avoiding an aggressive dog or a distraction that makes her either fearful or overly excited, you will be grateful that the down cue is part of her repertoire.
Your dog is ready to learn down when she can sit fairly reliably. The cue takes advantage of her natural tendency to move her body to follow a lure, so it is an appropriate cue to learn after sit.
- START AT SIT. With your dog in the sit position, hold a lure in your fingertips with your palm turned down.
- LURE DOWN. Slide the lure toward your dog’s chest. Just before you touch her chest, lure straight down to the floor, staying close to her body.
- PRAISE, THEN TREAT LAST. If she drops straight down, mark it (say “good”), praise her, touch her collar, and reward her with the treat.
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