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15.1 -- Training Your Dog: Down, Place, and Pairing Obedience Commands --

Session One Down:

1. Give your dog the down command.

2. Pivot directly in front of your dog, then step 3 feet backwards.

3. If your dog breaks the down position, step toward him quickly, reeling in your leash.

4. Repeat the command “Down,” and give a downwards “Pop,” on the collar, with your right hand approximately1 foot from the snap, while helping your dog into position with your left hand.

5. Direct the “Pop” towards the ground.

6. Calmly praise your dog once he is back into position.

7. Repeat steps 3 through 6, as needed, until your dog has maintained the down position for 20 seconds, without reinforcement.

8. Return to the heel position, and release your dog after 10 seconds.

10. Play calmly with your dog for 1 minute.

11. Perform 3 repetitions of the above sequence.

  • If your dog attempts to break the down position, it is important for you to move calmly, yet quickly toward your dog.
  • When practicing your place command for an extended period (longer than 5 minutes), give your dog his favorite toy to keep him occupied. Give “Down” command, pivot in front of dog and step backwards. If dog breaks, reel in leash, give “Down” command with a “Pop.” Praise once dog settles into down.


    1. From the heel position, give your dog the place command, 2 feet from the bed, using your Remote Collar, as needed.

    2. Slowly walk around a 6-foot perimeter of the bed.

    3. Practice for 3 minutes, rewarding your dog every 30 seconds.

    4. Release your dog and play calmly with him.

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