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24 -- Training Your Dog: Down and Place --

Sessions One and Two Down:

1. Have your dog in heel position, holding the long line and transmitter in your right hand. Your left hand is free to help your dog into the down position.

2. Press and hold the stimulation button on your transmitter, immediately give the command “Down,” AND CONTINUE TO HOLD THE BUTTON DOWN WHILE HELPING YOUR DOG INTO POSITION.

3. IMMEDIATELY release the stimulation button as soon as your dog is in the down position (you should only have to hold the stimulation button down for a few seconds).

4. Praise and reward your dog.

5. Repeat the command “Down,” then pivot and step back 10 feet away from your dog.

6. Use your Remote Collar and long line to reinforce the down command, as needed.

7. Repeat steps 1 through 6, as needed, until your dog has remained in the down position for 3 minutes, without reinforcement.

8. Return to your dog, and praise and reward him. Release your dog after 10 seconds.

9. Repeat the above sequence. Press and hold the stimulation button and give down command. Help dog into position and release stimulation button as soon as elbows touch ground. Praise and reward before stepping away.

Place: 1. Choose an area of your home where you enjoy quiet time. Place the bed where you can see it.

2. Have your dog go to the place, give him a favorite toy once settled.

3. Read a book, watch television, or enjoy a meal, while your dog remains on his place.

4. If your dog breaks the place command, stop what you are doing and reinforce the command using your Remote Collar; help him to the bed, as needed.

5. Release your dog after 15 minutes, and calmly play with him if desired.Then repeat the above sequence for an additional 15 minutes.

6. If your dog appears content to remain on the bed, do not release him until 30 minutes have passed.

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